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Theatre Minor Program Requirements

Required Semester Hours: 20 semester hours
THEA 0330: Theatre Workshop (0sh)
THEA 1030: Chicago Theatre Experience (2sh) GE
THEA 1040: Dramaturgy/Text Analysis (2sh) GE
THEA 1600: Introduction to Design for the Stage (2sh) GE
THEA 2030: Storefront Theatre Practicum: Special Topics (0-2sh)
THEA 2110: Deconstructing the Canon (2sh) GE
THEA 2120: Reconstructing the Canon (2sh) GE
THEA 2330: Acting I (4sh)
THEA 4902: Portfolio (0sh)
THEA 4970: Internship in Theatre (1-4sh)

Choose one from:
THEA 2340: Directing (4sh)
THEA 3200: Ibsen & Strindberg (4sh) GE
THEA 3320: Dramatic Writing (4sh) GE
THEA 3330: Acting II: Special Topics (2sh)

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Course Descriptions

The following descriptions are a sample of courses you may take as a theatre minor. For a complete list of required courses, please review the academic catalog.

An introduction to theatre through the Chicago lens.

An introduction into how to analyze a play and how to write for the discipline of theatre.

A study of the religious, political, and cultural sources of theatre; how theatre practice and dramatic literature developed in Classical Greece and Japan, the English Renaissance, Modern Europe, the American Theatre and the contemporary world theatre.

A study of the many non-traditional theatre texts across cultures and centuries that serve as a counterpoint to established theatrical works and traditions.

Establishes the foundation of acting technique through the genre of realism by building confidence, growing stage presence and expanding creative thought.

Introduction to staging a dramatic play. Students conceive, workshop, and direct a short one-act play.

Occasional gathering, approximately four each semester, will enable students to complete professional portfolios, and develop plans for post-graduate professional or educational work.

Students are urged to take advantage of outstanding Chicago-area internships to develop skills, academic and professional interests. Internships may not substitute for major requirements or departmental courses but do count toward the total hours needed to graduate. Please refer to teh Internship section of the catalog for internship requirements and guidelines.

Introduction and application of the elements of visual language. Studies in shape, color, line, texture, and value as they relate to two-dimensional art.

Elements of visual language as they apply to three-dimensional art. Projects based on the study of volume, space, line, color, and texture.

The study and practice of the major forms of creative writing. The course will be taught as a seminar, emphasizing the study of model texts and the development of students' work.

A study of Shakespearean drama, including selected comedies, tragedies, and romances. Cross-listed with COMM 3090.

Course offered in English. Lectures with reading, discussion, analysis, and synthesis of representative plays of Scandinavia's two internationally significant dramatists.

This course is an introduction to the field of performance studies. The course will include aesthetic performances (literature, theatre, art, dance, and visual media), ethnographic performances (personal narratives and narratives of others), and other cutural sources. We will explore the relationship of performance studies to related fields, while placing an emphasis on performance and social change. We will attend live performances in Chicago.

A seminar course on selected problems and topics in the area of aesthetics, e.g., the nature and meaning of aesthetic value, the problem of aesthetic judgment.