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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 '15 and '16s

The Major

Prerequisites

  • Theater 1: Introduction to Theater
  • Theater 40: Technical Production
Prerequisite courses should normally be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Students who become majors after the sophomore year should enroll for the prerequisite courses during the first terms in which they are available after the major has been declared.

Requirements

Ten major courses, exclusive of the prerequisites, as enumerated within the following categories:

A. All three courses in the Theater History sequence:

  • Theater 15: Theater and Society I: Classical & 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 courses in Theater Studies:

  • Theater 10: Special Topics in Theater (with Chair approval)
  • 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)

*With prior approval of the Chair, up to two courses 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

C. Five courses in theater practice:

These courses should comprise an organized, coherent program supported by the major and the written rationale and approved by the Department Chair. At least one of these five theater practice courses must be a performance course (10 [with Chair approval], 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 36, 54, 60, 61, or 80 [with Chair approval]) and at least one must be a design course (10 [with Chair approval], 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 48, 50, 51, or 80 [with Chair approval]). Theater 90 may be used in partial fulfillment of this requirement.

Production Requirement

Every theater major is expected to demonstrate competence in the area of theater production by active and sustained participation in theater offerings at the Hopkins Center (or elsewhere as approved by the Department), especially during the period of his or her declared major. Active and sustained participation shall consist of at least four active involvements in productions sponsored (or with approval of, or cosponsored) by the Department over a minimum of three terms, each of which constitutes a production credit. A production credit must include a minimum of 25 hours of work. Production credits must reflect a variety of theater activity. One production credit must be as a stage manager or assistant stage manager for one mainstage production or the completion of Theater 41. With prior approval of the Director of Theater, a Shakespeare Alley Showcase production may be substituted. One production credit must be for production crew or working in the shops and the other two production credits can be in any category. With Department approval, work-study hours may, in some cases, count toward the fulfillment of this requirement. Participation may include any form of activity with the exception of work associated with the prerequisite course Theater 40: Technical Production.

a. courses that include a production component
b. acting in productions
c. participation in a production crew and/ or working in the shops
d. stage management
e. directing
f. designing
g. playwriting when the script is produced under the sponsorship of the Department
h. dramaturgy under faculty supervision.

The Culminating Experience

All Theater majors and modified Theater majors must complete the course Theater 90: Contemporary Practices in U.S. Theater to satisfy their Culminating Experience in Theater. Theater minors and other majors modifying with Theater will complete their culminating experience in their primary departments. Double majors must complete culminating experiences in both majors.

 

The Modified Major

A student who wishes to combine the study of theater with a related field may apply to the Department for a modified major. Such a program shall contain seven courses from the Theater major beyond the prerequisites (Theater 1 and 40) and four courses that count toward the major(s) in the related department(s) or program(s). Modified majors must take two courses in Theater Studies, at least one of the performance courses and at least one of the design courses. Modified majors must complete three production credits. One production credit must be as a stage manager or assistant stage manager for one mainstage production or the completion of Theater 41. With prior approval of the Director of Theater, a Shakespeare Alley Showcase production may be substituted. One production credit must be for production crew or working in the shops and the other production credit can be in any category (please see "Production Requirement" for specifics). The Culminating Experience in Theater must also be completed. In recent years, modified majors in Theater have been formed with Art History, Classics, English, Film and Media Studies, French, Music, and Spanish. The program must receive the prior approval of the Chair of the Theater Department.

 

The Minor

The requirements for a Theater minor are six courses that include any prerequisite to the major (Theater 1 or 40). These six courses shall include no more than one Theater 80 and no more than two courses outside of the Department that would normally be accepted for the major. Minors must complete two production credits, at least one of which must be in an area other than acting. A written rationale must be submitted by the student and approved by the Chair.

 

Last Updated: 8/1/14