Requirements for the Major and Minor in Theatre Arts (THR)

Requirements for the Major in Theatre Arts (THR)

The major in Theatre Arts leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. All courses offered for the major in theatre arts must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.

Completion of the major requires 51 credits.

A. Theatre Arts Core Program

1. One of the following courses:
THR 103 Introduction to Design and Technology
THR 105 Acting I

2. THR 104 Play Analysis
3. THR 115 Stagecraft I        
4. THR 116 Stagecraft II      
5. THR 201 Theatre History I          
6. THR 202 Theatre History II        
7. Two of the following courses:
THR 205 Acting II            
THR 208 Technology in the Arts
THR 216 Intro to Visual Interpretation
THR 230 Voice for the Actor
THR 232 Improvisation

8. One of the following courses:
THR 315 Advanced Topics in Theatre History I     
THR 316 Advanced Topics in Theatre History II

9. THR 312 American Theatre & Drama      
10. One of the following courses:
THR 320 Production I
THR 321 Production II
Note: It is strongly recommended that students interested in Design/Production take both THR 320 and THR 321.

11. THR 401 Senior Seminar
12. One of the following courses:
THR 487 Independent Research
THR 488 Professional Internship (See Note)
THR 483 Projects in Theatrical Design         
THR 484  Projects in Theatre
Note: It is strongly recommend that students do a professional internship either in the summer between the junior and senior years or during the senior year.  Faculty advisors are available to help guide students in pursuing an internship opportunity.

B. Electives
Majors must complete a minimum of 12 additional upper division credits (300 level courses or higher) chosen from the following:
THR 303 Costume Crafts Laboratory
THR 304  Marketing Laboratory
THR 305 Lighting and Sound Laboratory
THR 306 Stagecraft Laboratory
THR 307 Performance Laboratory (See Note)
THR 317 Interactive Performance, Media, and MIDI 
THR 318 Music and the Moving Image
THR 323 Costume Design
THR 322 Acting III 
THR 326  Playwriting
THR 334 Performance Art
THR 336 Stage Management
THR 337 Advanced Technical Theatre
THR 346 Lighting Design
THR 351 Special Topics in Performance
THR 352 Special Topics in Performance
THR 354 Topics in Dramaturgy
THR 356 Scene Design
THR 405 Acting IV (See Note)
THR 438 Directing I
THR 439 Directing II
Note: May be repeated once for credit but may only count once toward fulfillment of elective requirements

C. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Before the end of the second semester of the junior year, each student submits to the director of undergraduate studies a portfolio of at least two papers written for different instructors in upper-division theatre courses. The director of undergraduate studies, in consultation with the faculty, evaluates the papers to determine the writing competence of the student.

Note: Students majoring in theatre arts may not satisfy D.E.C. categories B and D with THR courses.

Honors Program in Theatre Arts

The honors program is open to seniors majoring in Theatre Arts who have maintained a grade point average of 3.00 overall and 3.25 in the major.

Students should apply for the honors program at the end of their junior year. The student must find a faculty member of the Department to act as sponsor and, with the approval of the sponsor, submit a written proposal for a project to the Department. Acceptance into the honors program depends upon the approval of the proposal by the Department. The project may be in history, criticism, directing, media, technology, performance, design, or management. The honors project is reviewed by at least two members of the Department of Theatre Arts faculty and one outside evaluator. If the honors project is carried out with distinction and the student has achieved a 3.50 g.p.a. in all theatre arts courses taken during the senior year, honors are conferred. Course credit for the honors project is given under THR 487. Guidelines are available in the Department office.

The Minor in Theatre Arts (THR)

The minor in Theatre Arts provides the student with the opportunity to explore several aspects of the dramatic arts. The course of study should lead the student to an understanding of the necessary next steps should his or her interest be sharpened by the experience.

Requirements for the Minor

All courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. At least 12 of the 21 credits must be taken at Stony Brook.

Completion of the minor requires 21 credits.

A. Theatre Arts Minor Core Program

1. THR 105 Acting I
2. THR 115 Stagecraft Ior THR 116 Stagecraft II
3. THR 320 Production or THR 321 Production II
4. One of the following courses:

  • THR 312 American Theatre and Drama
  • THR 313 Asian Theatre and Drama
  • THR 315 European History and Drama: The Classical Era
  • THR 316 European History and Drama: The Modern Era

B. Electives

Nine credits to be chosen from courses in theatre arts, six of which must be upper-division.

Note: Students who choose upper-division theatre electives for the requisite 9 credits (see B above) need only take an additional three credits of upper division elective work to satisfy University requirements.