Where performance and scholarship share the bill!
The Department of Theatre offers the bachelor of arts degree, which allows students to make theatre the foundation of their liberal arts education. The undergraduate curriculum meets the needs of those who want a strong liberal arts education while specializing in the history and literature of theatre and the crafts of theatre production. Students enrolled in our program may choose to concentrate in performance (acting and directing), design and technical theatre or playwriting. While the department remains committed to a broad-based, stimulating liberal arts education promoting skills in critical thinking and communication, its programs also prepare students who want a career in the professional theatre to enter that field or to pursue graduate studies leading to a professional theatre career.
Students seeking a theatre degree may declare their major immediately upon arriving at MU and enrolling in classes in the College of Arts and Science. Some choose to wait two or three semesters until they are familiar with the wide range of programs offered at MU. In either case, students are encouraged to take basic courses in theatre to become familiar with the discipline and the faculty. Students planning to major in theatre but choosing to defer the decision for a few semesters are encouraged to confer with Department of Theatre faculty about freshman and sophomore classes in theatre and about their goals and aspirations.
The theatre major consists of 17 credits in core courses required of all majors with additional credits in one of three Emphasis Areas including Performance, Design/Technical Theatre and Writing for Performance. Students are not required to audition to be admitted to an emphasis area.
The Department of Theatre offers a minor available to students from any division or major. It consists of a 6 hour core plus 9 hours of addition theatre classes including at least 6 hours coursework 2000 level and above.
To declare a minor in theatre, contact the department academic advisor.
location: 109 Switzler Hall
location: 108 Switzler Hall
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