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Theatre Major and Minor
The Department of Theatre & Communication at Washington & Jefferson College offers both a major and a minor in theatre. The theatre major provides a broad-based education in theatre with the goal of creating the complete, passionate theatre person. This rigorous program will challenge young men and women to explore theatre from a number of perspectives—those of the actor and playwright, director and designer, advocate and critic. A bold mixture of classroom, laboratory, and stage experiences, the theatre major teaches essential skills and concepts that will allow graduates to succeed in the kind of life they choose to create for themselves.
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: Ten courses, including THR 160 , THR 152 , THR 271 , and THR 272 ; one additional introductory course from THR 181 or COM 130 ; two performance courses from THR 180 , COM 218 , THR 280 , or THR 260 ; and three advanced courses including THR 499 (required) and two of the following (one of which must be a THR course): COM 340 , THR 360 , THR 375 , THR 379 , THR 380 , THR 399 * , THR 390 , COM 381 . THR 500 , Independent Study, is also available to selected students with well-designed projects. (*THR 499 , Senior Project, is taught in conjunction with THR 399).
THEATRE CAPSTONE: THR 499, Senior Project, is the capstone experience which explores the depth of the student’s specific talents and areas of interest in theatre. Since theatre is a collaborative art, students often work together to complete their projects, which can take the form of performances, directing projects, plays or screenplays, scholarly papers, etc. It is recommended that students complete their capstone in the first semester of the senior year.
NOTE: The following can also count toward the major: COM 330 and COM 340 with permission of the Department Chair; some Intersession and topics courses; as well as ENG 215 or ENG 315.
A student majoring in Theatre may not also major in Communication Arts. Any courses applied to the Theatre major may not count toward a Communication Arts minor.
MINOR REQUIREMENTS: A total of six courses from the Theatre curriculum, at least two of which must be at the 300-level or above. Students may count no courses for their minor in Theatre toward a major or minor in Communication Arts.
For more information, please contact Professor William Cameron.