Minor in Theatre Arts

The minor in theatre arts, offered through the College of Fine Arts (CFA) School of Theatre, is designed for students who want a comprehensive experience in theatrical performance, production, design, management, and dramatic literature.

Completion of the minor requires a 28-credit sequence of courses designed to provide students with a balanced and diverse theatre experience. The minor follows a sequence of an 11-credit theatre core, a 7-credit dramatic literature core, and 10 credits of theatre electives. Students choose a path of study depending on their own desire to explore the disciplines of performance, dramatic literature, or production/design.

A grade of C or better must be received in all courses taken toward this minor.

Required Courses (18 cr)

Theatre Core: (11 cr)

  • CFA TH 101* Introduction to Aesthetics & Dramatic Literature** (3 cr)
  • CFA TH 102* Dramatic Literature 1: Greeks to 1850*** (3 cr)
  • CFA TH 120* Acting & Performance 1**,*** (4 cr)
  • CFA TH 149* Stagecraft for Theatre Minors**,*** (1 cr)

Dramatic Literature Core: (7 cr)

Modern Dramatic Literature (choose one):
  • CFA TH 201* Dramatic Literature 2: 1850 to 1950** (3 cr)
  • CFA TH 202* Dramatic Literature 3: 1950 to 1990*** (3 cr)
Classical Dramatic Literature (choose one):
  • CAS CL 224 Greek Drama**,*** (4 cr)
  • CAS EN 363 Shakespeare I** (4 cr)
  • CAS EN 364 Shakespeare II*** (4 cr)
  • CAS LR 354 Russian Theatre (4 cr)

Elective Courses (10 cr)

Theatre Minors may fulfill their 10-credit elective requirement with any combination of the courses listed below, as well as all other School of Theatre courses the student might be admitted into by permission of instructor.

Performance Electives:

  • CFA TH 110* Speech Communications (4 cr)
  • CFA TH 130* Movement for Theatre 1** (4 cr)
  • CFA TH 140* Collaborative Theatre Ensemble (4 cr)
  • CFA TH 220* Acting & Performance 2**,*** (4 cr)
  • CFA TH 230* Movement for Theatre 2*** (4 cr)
  • CFA TH 340* Beginning Directing)**,*** (2 cr)
  • CFA TH 429* Understanding the Camera** (2 cr)
    • Pre-requisite: instructor permission
  • PDP Fitness & Recreation Courses (var)

Design/Production Electives:

  • CFA TH 151* Introduction to Design** (2 cr)
  • CFA TH 170* Methods of Scenic Construction** (2 cr)
  • CFA TH 182* Methods of Costume Construction** (2 cr)
  • CFA TH 194* Introduction to Stage Management*** (2 cr)
  • CFA TH 263* Scene Design 1** (2 cr)
    • Pre-requisite: CFA TH 151 or instructor permission
  • CFA TH 275* Costume Design 1** (2 cr)
    • Pre-requisite: CFA TH 151 or instructor permission
  • CFA TH 283* Lighting Design 1** (2 cr)
    • Pre-requisite: CFA TH 151 or instructor permission
  • CFA TH 395* Production Management** (2 cr)
  • CFA TH 594* Theatre Management*** (2 cr)

Dramatic Literature Electives:

  • CFA TH 401* Dramaturgical Methods & Investigations** (3 cr)
    • Pre-requisite: 1 semester of 100 or 200 level dramatic literature courses
  • CFA TH 402* Contemporary Dramatic Literature: 1990 to Present*** (3 cr)
    • Pre-requisite: 1 semester of 100 or 200 level dramatic literature courses
  • CFA TH 505* Dramatic Criticism 1** (2 cr)
    • Pre-requisite: at least 3 semesters of dramatic literature course
  • CFA TH 506* Dramatic Criticism 2*** (2 cr)
    • Pre-requisite: CFA TH 505

Experiential Electives:

  • CFA TH 248 B3/B4* Rehearsal & Performance 1*** (1 cr per production)
    • Via audition/casting, or participation on an artistic or production team
  • CFA TH 347 B1/B2* Rehearsal & Performance 2** (1 cr per production)
    • Via audition/casting, or participation on an artistic or production team
  • CFA TH 447 B1/B2* Rehearsal & Performance 3** (1 cr per production)
    • Via audition/casting, or participation on an artistic or production team
  • CFA TH 448 B3/B4* Rehearsal & Performance 4*** (1 cr per production)
    • Via audition/casting, or participation on an artistic or production team
  • CFA TH 541 C1* Internship: Performance**,*** (up to 4 cr)
    • Pre-requisite: completion & approval of an internship contract
  • BU London Internship Program: Theatre**,*** (up to 16 cr)
    • By application through BU Study Abroad Office
  • London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts*** (up to 16 cr)
    • By audition & approval of the School of Theatre faculty
  • Arezzo Physical Theatre Program*** (up to 16 cr)
    • By audition & approval of the School of Theatre faculty

Other Sources for Elective Credit:

  • International Baccalaureate or Advance Placement credits (var)
  • Theatre courses completed at an accredited college or university (var)
  • Theatre courses completed as part of a study abroad program (var)
  • Theatre-related courses offered in other Boston University schools/departments (var)

*Denotes change to course number and/or title, as of March 1, 2012
**Denotes Fall course
***Denotes Spring course
Non-notated courses may float in schedule

Students wishing to apply credits towards the fulfillment of their minor in theatre arts via the other source options listed above must receive approval from the School of Theatre.

For information contact any of the following:

  • Ilana Brownstein (Faculty Advisor; Theatre Minors), CFA Room 476, ilanamb@bu.edu
  • Jon Savage (Co-Chair, Design & Production), BU Theatre 264 Huntington Avenue, jcsavage@bu.edu