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Students who major in theater at Carleton may choose from courses in production, theater literature, history and criticism. We believe our majors should have a foundation in all the major areas of the theater as well as at least one area of expertise. The senior year comprehensive exercise is a project, usually a production, put together by the student according to his or her area of expertise. Comps may be individual productions involving non-majors or may be the product of collaboration between majors.

Our overall objective is to teach theater as a vital part of the liberal arts curriculum, and to prepare our students either to continue in theater or to succeed in the career of their choice.

Requirements

Requirements for the major:

Note: any single course may satisfy only one requirement.

Sixty-eight credits distributed as follows:

1. 12 credits in theater history and theory:

2. 6 credits from the following courses in design or technical theater:

  • THEA 115 Principles of Design
  • THEA 229 Makeup Design
  • THEA 234 Lighting Design for the Performing Arts
  • THEA 237 Scenic Design for the Performing Arts (not offered in 2020-21)
  • THEA 238 Costume Design for Theater (not offered in 2020-21)
  • THEA 239 Topics in Theater: Costume Design (not offered in 2020-21)
  • THEA 320 Live Performance and Digital Media (not offered in 2020-21)

3. 18 credits from the following courses in practical theater:

  • DANC 150 Contact Improvisation
  • DANC 253 Movement for the Performer
  • DANC 268 The Body as Choreographer (not offered in 2020-21)
  • THEA 110 Beginning Acting
  • THEA 185 The Speaking Voice
  • THEA 226 Avant-garde Theater and Performance (not offered in 2020-21)
  • THEA 227 Theatre for Social Change
  • THEA 245 Directing
  • THEA 246 Playwriting (not offered in 2020-21)
  • THEA 260 Space, Time, Body, Minds
  • THEA 312 Topics in Theater
  • THEA 345 Devised Theater and Collective Creation (not offered in 2020-21)

4. 18 credits at the 300 level, at least six of which should be English 310 (additional courses may be added to this group as approved):

  • ENGL 310 Shakespeare II
  • GRK 351 Aristophanes (not offered in 2020-21)
  • RUSS 351 Chekhov
  • THEA 312 Topics in Theater
  • THEA 320 Live Performance and Digital Media (not offered in 2020-21)
  • THEA 345 Devised Theater and Collective Creation (not offered in 2020-21)

5. 6 additional credits, in literature, criticism, or history courses from the following list:

  • CLAS 116 Ancient Drama: Truth in Performance
  • ENGL 116 The Art of Drama
  • ENGL 129 Introduction to British Comedy (not offered in 2020-21)
  • ENGL 144 Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 213 Christopher Marlowe (not offered in 2020-21)
  • ENGL 214 Revenge Tragedy
  • ENGL 219 Global Shakespeare
  • ENGL 244 Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 258 Playwrights of Color: Taking the Stage
  • ENGL 278 London Program: Shakespeare’s England
  • ENGL 282 London Program: London Theater
  • FREN 237 Page and Stage: The Performance of Culture (not offered in 2020-21)
  • THEA 226 Avant-garde Theater and Performance (not offered in 2020-21)
  • THEA 248 We Can’t Go On, We’ll Go On: Existential Themes in Drama, Ancient to Modern
  • THEA 251 Top Girls: Women Playwrights (not offered in 2020-21)

6. 2 credits of THEA 190, Players Production

7. 6 credits of 400, Integrative Exercise