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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Department of Theater and Dance offers two minors, one in Theater and one in Production & Design.
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.
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 areas in today’s academic world.