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Degree Requirements

Minor Programs

Minor in Applied Theatre Arts/Education

Applied theatre arts is a field of study addressing the theory and practice of applying theatre arts in non-traditional settings with emphases that include education, therapy and social change. The minor in applied theatre arts with an emphasis on theatre in education (ATA/Education) addresses the theory and practice of applying theatre skills in the classroom to promote engaged and enlivened interactive critical thinking from a performative perspective. ATA/Education minors learn how to turn passive students into more active participants in the learning process.

Courses taken for this minor may not duplicate requirements for a student's major or other minor program requirements:

Foundation Skills Courses (8-9 units)Units

It is recommended these be taken first.

Students not seeking a pre-teaching major or a minor in the teaching profession must take 5 units from:
EDUC 200Introduction to the Teaching Profession2
EDUC 204LSociological Foundation of Education, or
EDUC 205LChild Development and Learning in Schools3

and 4 units from:
EDUC 409Foundations of Language Education3
EDUC 410The Teaching of Reading and Writing4
EDUC 411Reading and Writing Instruction in Secondary Schools4
EDUC 413Methods and Models of Instruction for Language Minority Students2
THTR 101Introduction to Acting4
THTR 216Movement for Actors2
THTR 295Theatre in America2

Pre-teaching majors or minors in the teaching profession must take 8 units from:
THTR 101Introduction to Acting4
THTR 216Movement for Actors2
THTR 295Theatre in America2
THTR 305abDirecting4-4
THTR 310Theory and Practice of World Theatre I4
THTR 311Theory and Practice of World Theatre II4
THTR 341xVoice for the Non- Theatre Major2
THTR 342abBasic Voice2-2
THTR 365Playwriting I4
Total foundation skills courses:8-9

ATA/Education Focus Courses (12 units)Units

It is recommended these be taken after foundation skills courses.

12 units from:
EDPA 302Global Education4
EDPT 310Parental Influences on Children's Educational Development4
THTR 393Cultural Identities in Performance4
THTR 395Drama as Human Relations4
THTR 396God, Drama and Entertainment4
THTR 477Theatre and Therapy4
THTR 478abTheatre for Youth2-2
THTR 488Theatre in the Community4
THTR 489*Theatre Internship4
Total ATA/Education focus courses: 12

Required capstone courseunits
THTR 468Theatre in Education4
Total ATA/Education minor courses:24-25

* May count provided it is with a community-based site approved by the School of Theatre (minimum 4 units).

Minor in Theatre

This general minor in theatre invites students to explore the many facets of this exciting field. Students have the opportunity to take a variety of classes in acting, playwriting, literature, state management, directing, costume design and production. The curriculum is very flexible and encourages students to develop a primary interest for upper-division course work. All minor students are eligible to participate in performance and production projects.

Required coursesUnits
THTR 101Introduction to Acting, or
THTR 201Introduction to Theatre4
THTR 130Introduction to Theatrical Production2
THTR 310Theory and Practice of World Theatre I, or
THTR 311Theory and Practice of World Theatre II4
Required upper-division THTR electives:14
Required theatre units: 24

Minor in Dance

The minor in dance is open to all undergraduates, including theatre majors, and is a 27-28 unit program. Students applying to this minor must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 (A = 4.0).

Upper Division Required courses (16 Units)units
THTR 380Historical Approaches to Dance4
THTR 388Senior Seminar in Dance4
THTR 482Choreography for Television4
THTR 483Dance Performance4

Electives (11-12 units)units
THTR 280Dance as an Art Form4
THTR 282Activities for Professional Preparation: Dance (concurrent enrollment in a 2-unit, 100-level technique course* required)1
THTR 285Elements of Dance Production4
THTR 385Choreography and Performance4

*Technique Courses
THTR 181aModern Dance2
THTR 181bModern Dance2
THTR 182aAdvanced Modern Dance2
THTR 182bAdvanced Modern Dance2
THTR 183aBallet2
THTR 183bBallet2
THTR 183cBallet2
THTR 183dBallet2
THTR 184aJazz Dance2
THTR 184bJazz Dance2
THTR 184cJazz Dance2
THTR 188aInternational Style Ballroom Dance (to include folk and square dance)2
THTR 188bInternational Style Ballroom Dance2

Minor in Musical Theatre

The minor in musical theatre, interdisciplinary in nature, is a 27-unit program incorporating the study of acting, dance or movement, vocal arts and related musical subjects. Admission to the minor requires an audition for music but not for theatre. See the Thornton School of Music for requirements.

Minor in Performing Arts Studies

The minor in performing arts provides an interdisciplinary inquiry into the nature and aesthetics of the performing arts. It combines the disciplines of cinema-television, dance, music and theatre. The minor is a unique course of study that looks at how the performing arts contribute to a culturally literate society. The minor in performing arts studies is a 20-unit program

Required coursesUnits

Required gateway course:
THTR 303The Performing Arts4

Plus a minimum of four courses (16 units) from the following list. Three courses (12 units) must be upper division. One course (4 units) must be selected from each school.
CTCS 190Introduction to Cinema4
CTCS 200History of the International Cinema I2
CTCS 201History of the International Cinema II2
CTCS 392History of the American Film, 1925-19504
CTCS 393History of the American Film, 1946-19754
CTCS 404Television Criticism and Theory4
CTCS 464Film and/or Television Genres4
CTCS 469Film and/or Television Style Analysis4
MUHL 200xIntroduction to Concert Music4
MUHL 220xThe Great Composers4
MUHL 302Musical Cultures of the World4
MUHL 350abxMusic, Culture and Ideas3-3
MUJZ 100xJazz, Ragtime and Blues4
MUSC 400The Broadway Musical: Reflection of American Diversity, Issues, and Experiences4
THTR 201Introduction to the Theatre4
THTR 280Dance as an Art Form4
THTR 300Introduction to Modern Drama4
THTR 301Greek and Roman Theatre4
THTR 302Shakespeare in His World4
THTR 380Historical Approaches to Dance4
THTR 385Choreography and Performance4
THTR 404Acting Theory4
THTR 493abPeriods and Styles2-2
Total units required:20

Note for cinema-television, music and theatre majors: cinema majors take 8 units of music and 8 units of theatre; music majors take 8 units of cinema and 8 units of theatre; theatre majors take 8 units of cinema and 8 units of music.