Academics

Undergraduate Studies

The Department of Theater and Dance offers a wide range of classes for students preparing for a professional or educational career or pursuing a liberal arts education. Undergraduate students may receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), a Bachelor of Arts (BA), or a minor.

Theater BA

Students in the Bachelor of Arts degree program focus on one or more of these concentrations: Design, Directing, Playwriting, Theater and Community, and/or Theater and Performance Studies.

Dance BA

The Bachelor of Arts degree allows dance students to study a broad range of dance subjects such as dance history, dance criticism and somatic studies. This degree path prepares students for a careers that go beyond dance performance and choreography, into areas such as dance therapy, theory, history, education, and administrative leadership.

BFA in Acting

The Bachelor of Fine arts degree is specifically designed as a conservatory-style program to train the series student for a professional career in acting.

BFA in Dance

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is specifically designed as a conservatory-style program to train the serious student for a professional career in dance performance and/or choreography.

Theater Minor

The Department of Theater and Dance offers two minors, one in Theater and one in Production & Design.

Graduate Studies

The Department of Theater and Dance offers to a select group of students and ideal environment for graduate work in multiple practices and histories, dramatic literature, global intersections, and theoretical discourses. On a campus that is noted for its outstanding faculty in the humanities and arts, the curriculum relates the study of performance to a rich field of methodological orientations as well as a robust undergraduate program in fine arts. Its MA and Ph.D. programs provide a thorough training for a career in academic work and have shown an excellent record of degree completion, employment, and publication.

Theater MA/Ph.D.

The primary goal of both the MA/Ph.D. and Ph.D. programs is to provide rigorous and interdisciplinary approaches to performance, drama, and dance research through the lens of a global understanding of history, literature, and critical practices. The core of the doctoral students’ work during the first years of their residency is a series of advanced seminars and professional training workshops that underline the intersections between all these ares in today’s academic world.