Theatre Minor

The minor in Theatre Arts 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.

Several Theatre minor courses satisfy units in the BU Hub; units are listed below.

Theatre Minor Curriculum

Theatre Core: 11.0 Credits
  • CFA TH 101 Introduction to Aesthetics & Dramatic Literature (3 cr) [BU Hub: AEX, CRT]
  • CFA TH 102 Dramatic Literature 1: Greeks to 1850 (3 cr) [BU Hub: HCO, WIN]
  • CFA TH 120 Acting & Performance 1 (4 cr)
  • CFA TH 149 Stagecraft for Theatre Minors (1 cr)
Dramatic Literature Core: 7.0 Credits from the following

Modern Dramatic Literature (choose one)

  • CFA TH 201 Dramatic Literature 2: 1850 to 1950 (3 cr) [BU Hub: GCI, RIL]
  • CFA TH 202 Dramatic Literature 3: 1950 to 1990 (3 cr) [BU Hub: GCI, CRT]

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)
Electives: 10 credits from the following:

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 Elective Options
  • 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 240* Beginning Directing (2 cr)
  • CFA TH 429* Understanding the Camera (2 cr)
  • PDP DA 139 Movement Improvisation
  • Other PDP DA Courses with advisor approval

*with instructor permission

Design & Production Elective Options
  • 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 186* Lighting Crafts (1 cr)
  • CFA TH 190* Audio Fundamentals (1 cr)
  • CFA TH 194* Introduction to Stage Management(2 cr)
  • CFA TH 263* Scene Design 1 (2 cr)
  • CFA TH 275* Costume Design 1(2 cr)
  • CFA TH 283* Lighting Design 1 (2 cr)
  • CFA TH 395 Production Management (2 cr)

*with instructor permission

Dramatic Literature Electives
  • CFA TH 201 Dramatic Literature 2 (3 cr)**
  • CFA TH 202 Dramatic Literature 3 (3 cr)**
  • CFA TH 401 Dramaturgical Methods & Investigations (3 cr)
  • CFA TH 402* Contemporary Dramatic Literature: 1990 to Present (3 cr)
  • CFA TH 505 Dramatic Criticism 1 (2 cr)
  • CFA TH 506* Dramatic Criticism 2 (2 cr)
  • Other dramatic literature courses offered by CAS, MET, etc. with advisor approval.

*with instructor permission

**if not taken for Drama Lit requirement

Experiential Electives

Via audition/casting, or participation on an artistic or production team

  • CFA TH 248 B3/B4* Rehearsal & Performance 1 (1 cr per production)
  • CFA TH 347 B1/B2* Rehearsal & Performance 2 (1 cr per production)
  • CFA TH 447 B1/B2* Rehearsal & Performance 3 (1 cr per production)
  • CFA TH 448 B3/B4* Rehearsal & Performance 4 (1 cr per production)

Many courses carry prerequisites – please check the BU Bulletin for details. Other courses for credit require the approval of the minor advisor.

With the permission of the minor advisor, students may count dramatic literature or performance-focused courses taken in other departments toward their Theatre minor.

Advisor

Brian Dudley, bdudley@bu.edu