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Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.


Introduction to Dance (SDA 139)

A movement foundation course that enhances kinetic awareness and knowledge by analyzing a broad spectrum of dance genres (ballet, modern, jazz, and tap) through combinations and movement exercises. This course explores topics of technique analysis, anatomy, history, improvisation, and approaches to choreography, evaluation, and criticism. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.

Introduction to Theatre (STR 110)

A comprehensive introduction to the study of theatre for students who are seeking careers in the profession. Topics include the role of theatre in society, theatre history, play analysis, working relationships among theatre artists, writing for and about the theatre, and the connection between theatre and the liberal arts. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Scenic Technology I (STR 115)

An introduction to techniques, procedures, and equipment employed in constructing the scenery of a theatrical production; including practical experience in creation and reading of drafting, stage and finish carpentry, metalworking and welding, basic theatre rigging, scenery movement and handling, stage properties, scenery finishing, and concepts in structural design. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Costume Technology I (STR 122)

An introduction to the materials and techniques of creating the visual elements of character through costuming. Practical experience in construction of costumes and basic pattern drafting. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Production Lab (STR 130)

This semester-long course engages the student in behind-the-scenes work to learn theatre processes and production. Participation in shop and production run crews helps the student to realize the design and technical processes that transform text-based versions of directors and designers into reality on stage for audiences. Fall and spring semesters. Repeatable for credit. 0-1 credit. Fee.

Technology for Performing Arts I (STR 135)

An introductory exploration of techniques, procedures, and equipment employed in creating and implementing the lighting, sound, and media for performing arts events, including practical experience in creation and reading of drafting/plans, hands-on electrical practice, sound reinforcement, console programming, basic theatre rigging, equipment movement and handling, and concepts in theatrical design. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

Voice and Speech I (STR 150)

Acquisition of techniques for improved projection, placement, articulation, and resonance in the practice of general American speech. Introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet for transcription purposes and as a tool for speaking in dialects. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Acting I (STR 154)

Introduction to theories and techniques of acting through improvisation, theatre games, and scene preparation. Workshop approach emphasizes experiential learning. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Introduction to Theatre Design (STR 215)

A studio course that provides an introduction to theatre as a visual art. Topics include principles and elements of design and color theory and how they apply to scenic, costume, lighting, and sound design for theatre. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Stage Makeup I (STR 235)

An introduction to the materials and techniques of interpreting and actualizing the visual elements of character using stage makeup. Practical experience in the application of stage makeup and the styling of hair and facial appliances. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Voice and Speech II: Voice and Text (STR 249)

Continuation of study for the advancement of actors' professional speech and interpretive skills in preparation for careers in theatrical and commercial acting, with advanced work in classical and heightened language and dialects training. Advancement of knowledge and use of the basic and extended International Phonetic Alphabet in speech and transcription enables students to acquire skills in speaking regional United States and British dialects. Prerequisite: STR150. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Stage Movement (STR 250)

Investigation and training for the development of a responsive, communicative, flexible, and expressive body for the actor’s stage work. Develops processes of translating feeling and thought into physical action and structuring the moving image. Includes units on clowning and cartooning, unarmed combat, and mask work. Prerequisite: STR154. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Acting II (STR 254)

A continuing exploration of the acting process integrating physical expression and vocal life with truthful, purposeful stage acting. Includes shaping and pacing scene action, beginning character study, and audition preparation. Introduces students to the Sanford Meisner acting technique. Prerequisite: STR154. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Dramatic Writing (STR 260)

Instruction and practice in writing for the stage and screen through exercises and the first draft of a one-act play, screenplay, or book for a musical. The study and analysis of dramatic structure in traditional and diverse texts is combined with activities designed to spark ideas and nurture the writers’ unique voice. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

Theatre History-Ancients to Renaiss (STR 305)

Survey of the major theatrical and dramatic conventions, practices, theories, and traditions from ancient civilizations through the sixteenth century. Assignments and assessment measures are based on students’ progression of study in theatre history and the major. Prerequisite: STR110. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Theatre History-Renaissance to Mod (STR 306)

Survey of the major theatrical and dramatic conventions, practices, theories, and traditions from the sixteenth through the late nineteenth centuries. Assignments and assessment measures are based on students’ progression of study in theatre history and the major. Prerequisite: STR110. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Theatre History-Modern to Contemp (STR 307)

Survey of the major theatrical and dramatic conventions, practices, theories, and traditions from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Assignments and assessment measures are based on students’ progression of study in theatre history and the major. Prerequisite: STR110. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Acting III (STR 353)

Continued study in the acting process, with an emphasis on textual analysis, the use of heightened language and verse, and the embodiment of physical characterization to prepare the actor with the movement and vocal skills necessary for auditioning and performing classical, stylized, and displaced dramatic texts. Prerequisites: STR150 and STR254. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Directing I (STR 360)

An introduction to the theories and techniques of directing with special emphasis on script analysis and visual aesthetics. Prerequisites: SDA140, STR110, STR150, and STR154. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Professional Practices (STR 445)

This capstone course for all theatre and dance majors is focused on skill building, self-reflection, and entrepreneurship. Topics covered include arts management, starting up a theatre or dance company, and self-marketing in the field. It is also a course that requires students to demonstrate proficiency in writing for theatre or dance. Writing Intensive course. Prerequisites: STR110, STR154, and STR215. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Acting IV (STR 454)

An advanced exploration of various acting techniques including methods developed by Stanislavski, Meisner, Hagen, Morrison, Spolin, Johnstone, Linklater, and Rodenburg. Advanced scene and monologue work includes Chekhov, but is otherwise highly individualized to each student, utilizing all periods and styles from Greek tragedy forward. Prerequisite: STR353. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Directing II (STR 461)

This course develops skills and provides practical experience in analyzing, casting, planning, and directing a one-act play for production, and compiling a director’s promptbook. Particular focus is given to developing skills for working with actors. Prerequisite: STR360. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

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