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Courses of Study
THEATER AND DANCE
The Theater and Dance Department offers students a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the history, literature, and production of performance. Our mission is to impart liberal arts values by fostering creative expression, stimulating critical and imaginative thinking, and increasing cultural literacy through study in a spectrum of studio, laboratory, and discussion-centered courses. The program of study includes frequent opportunities for practical experience in theater and dance, including creative research and production opportunities, and service learning projects. Undergraduate students in theater and dance also enjoy opportunities to increase their abilities in self-reflection, multicultural sensitivity, and the comparison of social values and ethical systems; in short, they learn how to be productive citizens and professional leaders through their scholarly and applied experiences. The department also seeks to entertain and to educate the larger community through its rigorous production schedule of plays, dance concerts, touring artists, and residency workshops with guest artists.
Consistent with the College’s mission, the major in theater and dance is a liberal arts, not a pre-professional, major. It is, however, a major that will adequately prepare particularly interested and talented students for graduate study and further involvement in the performing arts. It is both a structured and sequential major, ensuring that all students have broad exposure and training in acting, directing, movement, design, technical production, performance history, and theory in addition to the opportunity to focus on a specialized track during the junior and senior years.
Requirements for the Major in Theater and Dance A nine-course* (36-credit) major with the addition of three faculty-led production experiences, one each in the areas of performance and stage management, and an additional experience determined in consultation with the major advisor.
*All courses below are four credits unless otherwise noted. **Fulfills core or focus curriculum but not both.
Core Curriculum (20 credits, with four credits in each of the following five areas):
(1) Dancing or Acting: 115, 116, 117, 119 (all two credits); or 171**
(2) Design or Stagecraft: 135, 139
(3) Directing or Choreography: 258**, 281**, 285**
(4) Performance History I: 224
(5) Performance History II: 226
Focus Curriculum (eight credits in one of the following areas):
Self-designed (must be chosen in consultation with the student's Theater and Dance advisor)Elective (four credits)
Requirements for the Major in Theater and Dance–Interdisciplinary Computation The theater and dance-interdisciplinary computation major focuses on the growing relationship between computation and performance scenography and the multiple applications of software technologies to stage design. It offers a sequenced, stage design-based curriculum while also providing students with exposure to the theory and practice of dance, acting, choreography, and directing. Students should begin by taking Theater and Dance 113 or 114, and Computer Science 151 in their first year; then Theater and Dance 135 and Computer Science 231 (fall) and 251 (spring) in their second year. The remaining requirements may be taken in any other semester in consultation with the major advisors in theater and dance and computer science.