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Major Requirements

Graduation requirements for the Theatre Arts Major

When you declare the theatre arts major, we will assign you a faculty advisor. You may change your advisor by filling out a form you can obtain from the office staff. Your advisor can help you with course selection, schedule planning, and degree completion. Make an appointment to see your advisor regularly to confirm your progress and plans. Note that you can, of course, consult with any faculty member at any time.

Twice a year, Theatre Arts faculty cancel one day of class meetings in order to schedule meetings with all advisees, particularly new students to the major. We encourage all Theatre Arts majors and minors to check in with their academic advisors once a term, especially near the time to register for the next term’s classes (usually starting in Week 8)

Students have final responsibility for satisfying their degree requirements for graduation. Only those students who have completed all course work and any additional graduation requirements will be allowed to take part in the department’s commencement ceremony. Those who believe that they have justification for an exception may petition the faculty by writing to the Department Head at least three weeks prior to Finals Week, Spring term.

Theatre Arts Major Requirements

In plotting out your course work, consider the following points:

  1. All theatre arts majors have the same required courses. All are students of theatre as a whole and course requirements are selected to guide students through a well-rounded major with experiences in all fields of theatre.
  2. Most courses are not offered every term and some are not offered every year. Check the course schedule carefully to make sure your plans are feasible.
  3. Lower-division courses may not be taken for upper-division credit by adding another assignment.
  4. If you sign up for a crew after the registration deadline, you may register for credit for that crew the following term only.
  5. Regularly-taught courses may not be taken in another term, or at another time, under TA 405: Reading. Please plan to take these courses when they are offered.
  6. Transfer students may petition the department head for special consideration with regard to waiving degree requirements. Consult your advisor to initiate this process.

Please see checklist below for major requirements:

Theatre Arts Grading Standards

What follows is meant to help students understand departmental standards regarding the value of each letter grade. Faculty in Theatre Arts will have different procedures, scales, and references for how they grade, and different courses require different modes of evaluation, but the following reflects departmentally agreed meaning for each letter.

A = complete success in idea, exploration, expression, extraordinary work reflective of genuine investment, discovery, and critical thinking   – mastery

B = success in meeting most expectations of the assignment, good work reflective of sincere effort and basic comprehension – competence

C = some success in meeting minimum requirements only, poor organization, weak technical or group focus, half-rehearsed, lack of critical thinking – incoherence

D = significant lack of completion, ineptitude, disrespectful attitude towards others, failure to engage some minimum requirements, serious lapse of attention  – indigence

F = major failure to meet deadlines and basic commitments, extraordinary lack of discipline or focus, clear evidence of plagiarism, cheating, bullying  – negligence

NOTE: In the Department of Theatre Arts, a grade of A+ is rare. 100% with perfect attendance or total points or straight As across a term do not guarantee an A+ – instead, this grade is entirely a matter of subjective instructor evaluation above and beyond the excellence described for an A grade.