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Department of Theater
Dartmouth College
6204 Hopkins Center
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: 603-646-3104
Fax: 603-646-1757
Email: Department.of.Theater@Dartmouth.EDU

Theater Major Requirements for '17s

The Major 

Requirements

Ten major courses, as enumerated within the following categories:

1. Five courses in theater studies:

a. The following three courses in Theater Studies are required:

    • Theater 15: Theater and Society I: Classical and Medieval Performance
    • Theater 16: Theater and Society II: Early Modern Performance 
    • Theater 17: Theater and Society III: 19th and 20th Century Performance

b. Any two of the following theater studies courses:

    • Theater 1: Introduction to Theater*
    • Theater 10: Special Topics in Theater(with approval of the Chair)
    • Theater 10/RUS 18: Russian Theater
    • Theater 10/CLST 2: The Tragedy and Comedy of Greece and Rome
    • Theater 22: Black Theater, U.S.A.
    • Theater 23: Topics in African Theater and Performance
    • Theater 24: Asian Performance Traditions
    • Theater 62: Plays in Performance: Perception and Analysis (FSP)
    • Theater 80: Independent Study

*Theater 1 satisfies the Theater Studies course fulfillment only if it is completed before Theater 15, 16, and 17.

With prior approval of the Chair, up to one course in theater studies from another department may be used to fulfill this category, including but not limited to:

    • English 15: Shakespeare I
    • English 34: American Drama
    • English 39: Modern British Drama

2. Four courses in theater practice:

a. The following course in theater production is required:

    • Theater 40: Technical Production

b. Majors are required to take at least one of the performance courses:

    • Theater 10: Special Topics in Theater (with approval of the Chair)
    • Theater 26: Movement Fundamentals I
    • Theater 27: Movement Fundamentals II
    • Theater 28: Dance Composition
    • Theater 29: Dance Theater Performance
    • Theater 30: Acting I
    • Theater 36: The Speaking Voice for the Stage
    • Theater 50: Playwriting I
    • Theater 51: Playwriting II
    • Theater 54: Directing
    • Theater 60: Classical Performance I
    • Theater 61: Classical Performance II
    • Theater 65: Drama in Performance
    • Theater 80: Independent Study

c. Majors are required to take at least one course in theater design/management:

    • Theater 10: Special Topics in Theater (with approval of the Chair)
    • Theater 41: Stage Management
    • Theater 42: Scene Design I
    • Theater 43: Scene Design II
    • Theater 44: Lighting Design I
    • Theater 45: Composition and Design
    • Theater 48: Costume Design I
    • Theater 80: Independent Study

The Culminating Experience

In their final year, all majors must complete the following course to satisfy their culminating experience in theater:

  • Theater 90: Contemporary Practices in U.S. Theater

Production Requirement

Every theater major is expected to complete four production credits. Theater production credits demonstrate competence in theater production by active and sustained participation in theater offerings at the Hopkins Center or elsewhere with approval of the Department. Sustained participation shall consist of completing production credits for Department of Theater productions or productions sponsored by the Department of Theater. Production credits will be completed under faculty supervision. Production credits must include a minimum of 25 hours of participation.

One production credit must be fulfilled by serving as a stage manager or assistant stage manager for a mainstage production. Or, the student may complete THEA 41: Stage Management to fulfill this requirement. With prior approval of the Director of Theater, a Shakespeare Alley Showcase (SAS) production may also fulfill this requirement.One production credit must be fulfilled by serving on a production's crew or working in the shops.Two production credits may be fulfilled with any category of theater production, with the exception of work associated with Theater 40: Technical Production. This includes: courses with a production componen; tacting in productions; participation in a production crew and/ or working in the shops; stage management; directing; designing; playwriting, when the script is produced under the sponsorship of the Department; dramaturgy.

In some cases, work-study hours may count toward the fulfillment of the production requirement with Departmental approval.

The Modified Major 

1. Modified majors must take two Theater Studies Courses:
a. One course in the Theater History sequence:
• THEA 15: Theater and Society I: Classical and Medieval Performance
• 
THEA 16: Theater and Society II: Early Modern Performance
• 
THEA 17: Theater and Society III: 19th and 20th Century Performance

b. One additional Theater Studies course:
• THEA 1: Introduction to Theater*
• 
THEA 22: Black Theater, U.S.A.
• 
THEA 23: Topics in African Theater and Performance
• 
THEA 24: Asian Performance Traditions
• 
THEA 62: Plays in Performance: Perception and Analysis (FSP)
• THEA 10: Special Topics, with approval of the Chair
• THEA 80: Independent Study
• RUSS 18: Russian Theater
• CLST 2: The Tragedy and Comedy of Greece and Rome

*THEA 01 satisfies the Theater Studies course fulfillment only if it is completed before THEA 15, 16, and 17
Additionally, students may also fulfill the Theater Studies requirement with one of the following courses:

• ENGL 24: Shakespeare I
• ENGL 26: English Drama to 1642
• ENGL 47: American Drama
• ENGL 54: Modern British Drama

2. Modified majors must complete the following course in theater production:
• THEA 40: Technical Production

3. Modified majors must take at least one course in performance:
• THEA 10: Special Topics, upon approval
• THEA 26: Movement Fundamentals I
• THEA 27: Movement Fundamentals II
• THEA 28: Dance Composition
• THEA 29: Dance Studies in Performance
• THEA 30: Acting I
• THEA 36: The Speaking Voice for the Stage
• THEA 50: Playwriting I
• THEA 51: Playwriting II
• THEA 54: Directing
• THEA 60: Classical Performance I
• THEA 61: Classical Performance II
• THEA 65: Drama in Performance
• THEA 80: Independent Study

4. Modified majors must take at least one course in theater design/management:
• THEA 10: Special Topics in Theater, upon approval
• THEA 41: Stage Management
• THEA 42: Scene Design I
• THEA 43: Scene Design II
• THEA 44: Lighting Design I
• THEA 45: Composition and Design
• THEA 48: Costume Design I
• THEA 80: Independent Study

5. Production Requirement:
Every Modified Theater major is expected to complete three production credits. Theater production credits demonstrate competence in theater production by active and sustained participation in theater offerings at the Hopkins Center or elsewhere with approval of the Department. Sustained participation shall consist of completing three production credits for Department of Theater productions or productions sponsored by the Department of Theater. Production credits will be completed under faculty supervision. Production credits must reflect a variety of theater activity and each production credit must include a minimum of 25 hours of participation.

• One production credit must be fulfilled by serving as a stage manager or assistant stage manager for a mainstage production. Or, the student may complete THEA 41: Stage Management to fulfill this requirement. With prior approval of the Director of Theater, a Shakespeare Alley Showcase (SAS) production may also fulfill this requirement.
• One production credit must be fulfilled by serving on a production's crew or working in the shops.
• One production credit may be fulfilled with any category of theater production, with the exception of work associated with THEA 40: Technical Production. This includes:
o courses with a production component
o acting in productions
o participation in a production crew and/ or working in the shops
o stage management
o directing
o designing
o playwriting when the script is produced under the sponsorship of the Department
o dramaturgy

In some cases, work-study hours may count toward the fulfillment of the production requirement with Department approval.

6. The Culminating Experience, THEA 90. Student seeking a modified major must also complete THEA 90: Contemporary Practices in U.S. Theater, the Culminating Experience for the Theater major in their final year.

 

The Minor

1. Theater minors must take at least one course from the Theater History sequence:
• THEA 15: Theater and Society I: Classical and Medieval Performance
• 
THEA 16: Theater and Society II: Early Modern Performance
• 
THEA 17: Theater and Society III: 19th and 20th Century Performance

2. Theater minors must complete the following course in theater production:
• THEA 40: Technical Production

3. The other four courses of the minor shall include no more than one THEA 80: Independent Study and no more than one courses outside of the Department that would normally be accepted for the major.

4. Production Requirement:
Every theater minor is expected to complete two production credits. Theater production credits demonstrate competence in theater production by active and sustained participation in Department of Theater productions, productions sponsored by the Department of Theater, theater offerings at the Hopkins Center, or production work elsewhere with approval of the Department Chair. Production credits will be completed under faculty supervision. Production credits can reflect a variety of theater activity and each production credit must include a minimum of 25 hours of participation.

• Acting may fulfill only one of the production credits required for the theater minor.
• Production credits can be fulfilled by serving on a production's crew or working in the shops.
• Production credits may be fulfilled with any category of theater production, with the exception of work associated with THEA 40: Technical Production. This includes:
o courses with a production component
o acting in productions
o participation in a production crew and/ or working in the shops
o stage management
o directing
o designing
o playwriting when the script is produced under the sponsorship of the Department
o dramaturgy

In some cases, work-study hours may count toward the fulfillment of the production requirement with Department approval.

Last Updated: 11/11/14