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 49 credits.

A. One of the following courses (3 credits):

  • THR 103 Introduction to Theatre Design
  • THR 104 Introduction to Play Analysis
  • THR 105 Introduction to Acting

B. Required courses (13 credits):

  • THR 115 Stagecraft
  • THR 201 Introduction to Theatre History I
  • THR 202 Introduction to Theatre  History II
  • THR 224 Experimental Studio (see Note 1)

C. One of the following courses (3 credits):

D. One of the following courses (3 credits):

E . One of the following courses (3 credits):

  • THR 312 Topics in American Theatre History
  • THR 313 Topics in Asian Theatre History
  • THR 315 Topics in Theatre History and Theory: The Classical Age
  • THR 316 Topics in Theatre Theory and Theory: The Modern Age 

F. Required courses (12 credits)

G. Electives

Majors must complete a minimum of 12 additional upper division credits (300-level courses or higher) chosen from the following:

Note 1: THR 224 Experimental Studio may be waived for transfer students.

Note 2: May be repeated once for credit but may only count once toward fulfillment of elective requirements

Note 3: 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.

C. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Before the end of the second semester of the junior year, each student must register for the 0-credit THR 459 and submit to the director of undergraduate studies a portfolio of at least two papers written for different instructors in upper-division courses, one of which should be an advanced theatre arts course. The director of undergraduate studies, in consultation with the faculty, evaluates the papers to determine the writing competence of the student.

Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

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 19 credits must be taken at Stony Brook.

Completion of the minor requires 19 credits.

A. Theatre Arts Minor Core Program

     1. THR 105 Acting I
     2. THR 115 Stagecraft 
     3. THR 224 Experimental Theatre
     4. One of the following courses:

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

B. Electives
Six credits to be chosen from upper-division courses in theatre arts.