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Drama

Academic Requirements

See the full listing of drama courses in the Course Catalog.

The Major 

A total of ten courses are required for the major in drama. Each student must complete DRA 211, 221, and 231. It is suggested that these courses be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Of the seven remaining courses, at least four must be elected from those courses that form the history/theory component of the curriculum (courses listed in the catalog with a “Theater and Drama” prefix, as well as selected Special Topics courses). In the spring of the junior year all majors are required to take Junior Seminar. In addition to the course requirements, majors are expected to take an active role in the department by participating in the following co-curricular activities in each semester: two work calls per faculty show, all faculty strikes, one SCE work call, two SCE strikes, and three ushering shifts. (To capture these co-curricular responsibilities, all majors will be enrolled up to four times in DRA 400.)

The Minor

The minor program in drama shall consist of a minimum of seven courses plus participation in an approved capacity in co-curricular productions during the student’s junior and senior years. The student will be required to take DRA 211, 221, 231 (or 331) plus four additional courses, two of which must be from the following: DRA 201, 202, 203, 304, 305, 306, 307.

Senior Capstone Experience

A student may satisfy the Senior Capstone Experience in Drama in one of three ways: a production thesis in directing, design, dramaturgy, stage management, or performance; a playwriting thesis in which the student writes a play that is presented in either a staged (rehearsed) reading or in full production; or a traditional research thesis in the areas of theatrical criticism, theory, or history. The department believes that the production option is the more appropriate way to fulfill the obligation, since it synthesizes the critical/theoretical and practical/performance aspects of the study of drama. A research thesis may be elected only in cases in which the student has demonstrated an unusual enthusiasm for and distinction in critical, theoretical, or historical inquiry.

In the spring of their sophomore year and fall of their junior year, all drama majors are required to meet with each faculty member to discuss their plans for the Senior Capstone Experience. At the end of the fall semester in the junior year, each student makes two formal project proposals to the faculty, both orally and in written form. Proposals will identify the type of project planned—directing, design, dramaturgy, stage management, performance, playwriting, theoretical, critical, or historical. For each project, the student will also provide a script (as appropriate); a synopsis of the project; an etiology for the choice; and a discussion why and how, each project is appropriate to the student’s interests and capabilities. Students will be informed of their approved project on or before the first day of the spring semester. Decisions regarding logistics of the department season will take place in the Junior Seminar, offered annually in the spring semester.

Full details for all SCE options—including timelines, expectations, and written requirements—are available here.

Distribution

Students electing Drama as part of their Fine Arts distribution requirement may choose any course other than DRA 105 or DRA 200.