The dramatic literature and performance minor, available to non-theater majors only, provides grounding in theatrical history, theory and performance practices as cultural enrichment and as preparation for advanced study or employment in the theater.

This minor is offered jointly by the department of literature, language, writing, and philosophy and the department of visual and performing arts, and consists of 15 credits.

Required Courses

Shakespeare (3 credits)

Developmental Theater (3 credits)

  • THEA1201 Development of the Theater I:
    Ancient to Elizabethan or
  • THEA1202 Development of the Theater II:
    Restoration to Today

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Literature Electives (3 credits)

Select one course from the following:

Dance and Theater Electives (6 credits)

Select two courses from the following:

  • DAN1320 Beginning Dance
  • THEA1201 Development of the Theater I:
    Ancient to Elizabethan or
  • THEA1202 Development of the Theater II:
    Restoration to Today
    (In addition to the 3 credits selected from Development of Theater required above)
  • THEA1110 Basic Acting for Non-Majors
  • THEA2005 Directing I
  • THEA2255 Playwriting/Dramatic Structure
  • THEA2339 Musical Theater Workshop
  • THEA3336 Acting for Film and Television
    (Students in the minor may waive the prerequisite course, THEA 2204, with permission from the instructor.)

Course Descriptions

  • DAN1320 This beginner's course is designed to introduce students to modern dance, jazz and ballet techniques and the basic terminology of dance steps. Emphasis will be placed on developing proper body alignment necessary to dancing. Prior dance training is not required for this course.

  • LITS3101 Analysis of ancient drama emphasizing its origins and development and its literary, artistic, historical, psychological and sociological value and significance, as well as its continued influence on modern and contemporary drama.

  • LITS3103 The course focuses on the innovative theatre of Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov at the turn of the 20th century. Other playwrights(such as Pirandello and Brecht)may be considered as well.

  • LITS3104 Reading and analysis of selected British and American plays and playwrights from the 1940s to the present. Emphasis on plays as literature and performance; trends in contemporary stagecraft; social issues in the drama.

  • LITS3105 Study of major European plays, playwrights and dramatic movements since World War II. Emphasis on plays as literature and performance; trends in contemporary stagecraft; social issues in the drama.

  • LITS3106 Study of major non-European plays, playwrights, and dramatic movements since World War II. Emphasis on plays as literature and performance; trends in contemporary stage-craft; social issues in the drama.

  • LITS3213 Shakespeare's comedies, romances, and problem plays, and select discussion of Shakespeare's language, life and times and the critical reception of his work.

  • LITS3214 Shakespeare's histories and tragedies, and select discussion of Shakespeare's language, life and times and the critical reception of his work.

  • THEA1110 This course is designed to provide students with some basic acting techniques. Regardless of previous training and experience, if any, this class will give students a strong foundation on which to build in terms of concentration, focus, motivation, and presentation. This course will include physical and vocal warm-ups, improvisation, conflict exercise, monologue and scene work. Emphasis will be placed on practical execution as well as academic theory.

  • THEA1201 Understanding theater as live performance through lectures, discussion and experimentation with old and new ideas on staging and production. The student will explore the use of the stage and the function of music, movement, the actor's art and the director's art based on scripts from the Greeks through the time of Shakespeare. Spring

  • THEA1202 Since the time of Shakespeare "Modern Theater" has blossomed and flourished all over the globe. Through lectures, readings, class discussions, viewings of live stage performances and films, students will explore trends that led to modern drama, including the golden age of Spain, German Romanticism, the poetic realism of Chekhov, Asian theatre, the American musical and avant garde theatre. Theater projects and theater trips. Offered every semester.

  • THEA2005 A study of the basic theory and techniques of directing. Organization, basic staging and composition will be studied as well as script analysis, casting and working with actors.

  • THEA2204 A continuation and development of Basic Acting I, with a particular emphasis on scene study, monologs and auditioning skills. This course is offered every semester.

  • THEA2255 Through writing and revising a play, students discover and explore the dramatic form. Emphasis is placed on the nature and development of conflict and strategies for resolution.

  • THEA2339 A course designed to offer instructional training in singing for the musical theater. Emphasis will be placed on vocal training, rhythm and presentation and each student will be helped to choose material suitable for his/her vocal raqnge.

  • THEA3336 This course is designed to instruct the student in the basic techniques of characterization and movement within the confines of the camera lens. Students will recreate scenes from established films, which will be taped using professional techniques, e.g., master shot, two shot and close-up. This course is offered Spring only.