Theatre and Performing Arts Course Requirements

General Education Courses

The 42 credit hours of general education requirements are presented in the undergraduate academic information section in the catalog.

The following specific general education courses must be chosen to meet the requirements for this major:

(Certification students should take COM 103; non-certification students should take COM 102.)

  • COM 103

    Interpersonal Communication

    3 credits

    A study of the different methods of analyzing the self and
    one-on-one relationships within the context of
    interpersonal communication. Application of theory
    through written analysis and small group interaction.
    Examination of practical methods of improving our
    communicative effectiveness in interpersonal
    relationships. Open to all students.

  • COM 102

    Public Speaking

    3 credits

    Acquaints the student with a sound approach to the preparation and delivery of informative and persuasive speeches. Students will study the fundamentals of organization, outlining, and supporting materials and apply these principles in the planning and delivery of several speeches before the class. Open to all students.

  • PER 101

    Theatre Appreciation

    3 credits

    An introduction to an awareness and appreciation of the
    arts of the theatre and to an understanding of the play as a
    literary form as well as a theatrical experience. Open to
    all students.

  • PER 314

    Multicultural Experiences in Performance

    3 credits

    An examination of various acts of performance as a way
    of understanding and knowing the human experience.
    Includes the study of personal narrative, storytelling, folk
    legends, ritual, ethnography, ethnicity, and an
    investigation of performance art. Open to all.

Courses Required in the Major

You must take PER  245 and 345 (6 credits).

  • PER 101

    Theatre Appreciation

    3 credits

    An introduction to an awareness and appreciation of the
    arts of the theatre and to an understanding of the play as a
    literary form as well as a theatrical experience. Open to
    all students.

  • PER 111

    Performance Techniques

    3 credits

    Through creative drama exercises, students will develop
    the tools of acting (concentration, observation, emotional
    recall, rhythm, sense memory, and characterization).
    These tools will be used in the development of characters
    and the presentations of both improvised and scripted
    scenes. Students will also develop physical and vocal skills
    necessary for performers. Open to all students.

  • PER 121

    Stagecraft

    3 credits

    An introduction to backstage organization, scenic
    construction, lighting, painting, and all related areas
    involved in the physical mounting of a theatrical
    production. Lecture and lab experience. Open to all
    students.

  • PER 145, 245, 345, 445

    Advanced Acting

    choose one - 3 credits each

    Each semester will focus on one of the following topics: Presentational Acting Styles (Greek, Shakespeare, Restoration, Brecht); Early Realism (Ibsen, Chekhov, Shaw); The Method (Williams, Hellman, Hansberry, Miller); Beyond Realism (Pinter, Shepard, Shange, Albee). Students will perform scenes with partners for peer and teacher critique. Intended for performing arts majors and minors, but open to any student meeting the prerequisite of PER 111.

  • PER 314

    Multicultural Experiences in Performance

    3 credits

    An examination of various acts of performance as a way
    of understanding and knowing the human experience.
    Includes the study of personal narrative, storytelling, folk
    legends, ritual, ethnography, ethnicity, and an
    investigation of performance art. Open to all.

  • PER 441

    The Development of Dramatic Art: Greek to 19th Century

    3 credits

    This course will survey the development of dramatic art
    from the Greek period through the 19th century (preIbsen),
    focusing on the plays, playwrights, and physical
    performance structures of the various historical periods.

  • PER 443

    Text Analysis

    3 credits

    Concentrates on the study of texts from the modern era
    (Ibsen) and continuing through contemporary drama.
    Texts will be analyzed to assist either teacher, director, or
    actor in making informed and effective choices when
    seeing plays performed or working in any capacity on a
    performance.

  • PER 214

    PlayBuilding

    3 Credits
    Students will learn to identify the uniqueness of each collection of artists and make
    appropriate choices in engagement techniques. Artistic choices will reflect an
    understanding of story structure, multicultural factors and the uniqueness of theatrical stories.
  • PER 280

    The Business of Art

    3 Credits
    Business practice for the artist, including contract terms and negotiations, budgeting, community resources and unions and business planning for arts organizations.
  • PER 496

    Producing

    3 Credits
    Members of this class will devise and produce a public piece of theatre. This capstone experience will synthesize skills in communication, collaboration, and storytelling, using all of the theatrical elements. Prerequisites: PER 121, PER 214, and either PER 226, PER 318 or PER 464.

At least 10 courses from the following (30 credits):

  • PER 222

    Stage Makeup

    3 credits

    An introduction to the materials and methods used to
    apply stage makeup for the purpose of defining and
    heightening character. Emphasis on the basic problems
    encountered in most theatrical productions. Open to all
    students.

  • PER 239

    Stage Movement

    3 credits

    An introduction to different techniques of movement and
    sensory awareness used in actor training, the principles of
    stage combat and basic movement requirements in the
    performance of period plays.

  • PER 271, 371

    Practicum in Technical Theatre

    1-3 credits

    An opportunity for students to earn credit for production
    work done outside the regular classroom experience.
    Usually earned as part of department-sponsored
    performance event. Open to performing arts majors.

  • PER 273

    Practicum in Arts Management

    1-3 credits

    An opportunity for students to earn credit for publicity and business management work done outside the regular classroom experience. Usually earned as part of a department sponsored performance event. Open to performing arts majors.

  • PER 373

    Practicum in Arts Management

    1-3 credits

    An opportunity for students to earn credit for publicity and business management work done outside the regular classroom experience. Usually earned as part of a department sponsored performance event. Open to performing arts majors.

  • ENG 313

    Writing the One-Act Play

    3 credits

    Through writing exercises and analysis of modern one-act plays, students explore the most effective ways to tell stories through dramatic form; construction of short scenes and one original play. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 102 or equivalent or permission of the instructor.

  • PER 317

    Staging Literature

    3 credits

    A study of the adaptation of various forms of fiction and non-fiction for group performance using techniques of traditional reader’s theatre, choral reading, and chamber theatre. Practical application through in-class performance and student-directed projects for public production. Open to any student meeting the prerequisite of PER 212.

  • PER 318

    Directing

    3 credits

    An introduction to the principles and techniques of direction for various spaces. Students will study the fundamentals of script analysis and the basic tools a director employs to communicate a performance event to an audience through the performers. In-class directing exercises and public performance of student-directed projects. Prerequisite: PER 111.

  • PER 326

    Technical Production

    3 credits

    Builds on the fundamentals introduced in the Stagecraft class. A study of the methods of assembling lighting, sound, scenery, and properties for a live production. A hands-on course where students learn how various equipment systems go together and how to run the systems. Prerequisite: PER 121.

  • PER 376

    Major Production

    1-3 credits

    Active participation in a major production. Students must
    register at least 80 actual contact hours during the
    production schedule.

  • PER 386

    Methods of Teaching Speech & Theatre

    3 credits

    Procedures, materials, applications, and problems of the curriculum in middle and high school with special emphasis on the basic course.

  • PER 449

    Special Topics in Performance

    3 credits

    Allows students to explore areas of performance not
    covered in other courses.

  • PER 455

    Sexual Politics in Drama

    3 Credits

    This course will look at the theme of sexual politics as it appears in dramatic literature from Ancient Greece through modern times. We will examine the myths, games, and realities of sexual politics, and how they interact with the performance of gender and sexuality. We will discuss and write about drama as a unique genre, exploring through dramatic texts the evolution of sexual politics. After completing this course, a student should have an understanding of 1) the development of theatrical styles of Greek and Renaissance theatre and the rise of Realism; 2) how sexual roles are performed by real people (on and off-stage); 3) how to analyze a dramatic text and its historical/social context; 4) what the term “sexual politics” means and how it is visible in dramatic texts and performances of the past and present. Offered odd years.

  • PER 494

    Production and Stage Management

    3 credits
  • PER 490

    Independent Study

    To be arranged in terms of student need, interest and
    background.

  • COM 250

    Public Relations

    3 credits

    A study of the communication process for the public relations professional. Examines such areas as evaluating target audiences, developing promotional campaigns, researching PR, and creating effective media strategies/messages. Prerequisites: COM 103; ENG 101.

  • ENG 320

    Shakespeare

    3 credits

    Close reading and analysis of Shakespeare’s major plays. Additional consideration of historical contexts, critical history, and cinematic adaptations.

  • PER 226

    Basic Design

    3 Credits
    Students will learn how design elements tell stories and that good design does require big money. Introduction to all forms of design: lighting, sets, costumes, props and sound.
  • PER 389

    Teaching Through Theatre

    3 Credits
    Students will use theatre skills to engage in a variety of communities in artistic problem-solving exercises. By facilitating playbuilding exercises and collaboration, students will learn to manage time, resources, expectations and outcomes. Prerequisite: PER 214
  • PER 415

    Contemporary Theories of Theatre

    3 credits

    Students will study the intersections of Theatre and
    Anthropology, Theatre and Ritual, Post-modern theory
    and performance, and Theatre for Social Change.
    Prerequisite: PER 314.

  • PER 419

    Co-Intentional Directing

    3 Credits
    Students will practice balancing service to the art and to the artist by identifying need and appropriate theatrical responses in specific situations. Students will identify artistic
    engagements that will serve the needs of rehabilitation, citizenship and/or the amplification of marginalized voices. Prerequisites: PER 214 and PER 318
  • PER 461

    Internship in Theatre Performance

    2-6 credits

    An opportunity for the students to apply theory and skills
    in a work experience. Projects are jointly supervised by a
    faculty member and an employer/supervisor. Open to
    performing arts majors.

Teacher Certification in Speech and Theatre

You must take the below, in addition to all required education courses.

You may take PER 145 or PER 245 or PER 345 or PER 445.

  • CIS 103

    Microcomputer Applications in Education

    3 credits

    Provides an introduction to the uses of technology in an educational setting. Emphasis of the course will be on integrating technology with classroom instruction. Students will learn skills related to word processing, spreadsheets and presentations as well as to evolving internet-based technologies. Promoting life-long learning and an understanding of the legal and ethical use of computer/technology resources will be an integral part of the course.

  • COM 260

    Media, Technology, and Culture

    3 credits

    An introduction to the theory and function of the mass media, with emphasis on the media’s cultural, ethical, and economic dimensions. Students will examine radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and computer as parts of an evolving information society.

  • COM 430

    Argumentation, Advocacy, and Debate

    3credits

    A study of the various formats and strategies of argument. Development of debate techniques through research and classroom debate presentation. Prerequisite: COM 102.

  • ENG 320

    Shakespeare

    3 credits

    Close reading and analysis of Shakespeare’s major plays. Additional consideration of historical contexts, critical history, and cinematic adaptations.

  • PSY 200

    Developmental Psychology

    3 credits

    A study of the nature of human development across the life span. The course covers the  physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development of the individual for each of the major  developmental periods: infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The  psychosocial experience of aging and death is also examined.

  • PER 318

    Directing

    3 credits

    An introduction to the principles and techniques of direction for various spaces. Students will study the fundamentals of script analysis and the basic tools a director employs to communicate a performance event to an audience through the performers. In-class directing exercises and public performance of student-directed projects. Prerequisite: PER 111.

  • PER 443

    Text Analysis

    3 credits

    Concentrates on the study of texts from the modern era
    (Ibsen) and continuing through contemporary drama.
    Texts will be analyzed to assist either teacher, director, or
    actor in making informed and effective choices when
    seeing plays performed or working in any capacity on a
    performance.

  • PER 145, 245, 345, 445

    Advanced Acting

    choose one - 3 credits each

    Each semester will focus on one of the following topics: Presentational Acting Styles (Greek, Shakespeare, Restoration, Brecht); Early Realism (Ibsen, Chekhov, Shaw); The Method (Williams, Hellman, Hansberry, Miller); Beyond Realism (Pinter, Shepard, Shange, Albee). Students will perform scenes with partners for peer and teacher critique. Intended for performing arts majors and minors, but open to any student meeting the prerequisite of PER 111.

  • PER 386

    Methods of Teaching Speech & Theatre

    3 credits

    Procedures, materials, applications, and problems of the curriculum in middle and high school with special emphasis on the basic course.