Department of Theater Arts

Major and Minor Requirements

In the spring of 2024, the Department of Theater Arts restructured our Learning Goals and Requirements to amplify the liberal arts nature of our program through fundamental study of theater text, history and process, and to expand our students' awareness of global theater, historically marginalized voices and the latest practices in professional theater such as consent and wellness initiatives. Our goal is to expose students to an inclusive and broad range of thinkers, practitioners and playwrights while creating opportunities to put this study to use through hands-on experience in our season, senior theses and other advanced mentoring opportunities. This video breaks down the changes:

Here is a side-by-side comparison of the majors (detailed below):

Prior Requirements New Requirements

Declaring the Major or Minor

Students who wish to major or minor in Theater Arts should meet early in their academic career with the Undergraduate Advising Head to develop a plan. When meeting with the undergraduate advising head, majors will be assigned an academic advisor within their particular area of interest.

In general, students wishing to major in Theater Arts should enroll in THA 2a or 10a in the first year and should complete THA 11a, 11b or 150a by the end of their second year. The advantage of taking these courses in the first semesters is that most Theater Arts courses require one or more of these courses as prerequisites. Students could then begin to take both required courses and electives during the sophomore year.