Drama Major

To declare a major in Drama contact please contact our undergraduate advisor Professor Doug Grissom.

Prerequisite: Completion of a DRAM or DANC course at the 2000 level or above, with a minimum grade of C.

33 credits total: 9 Discovery hours, 12 Learning Areas hours, and 12 Focused Inquiry hours

Discovery (9 credit hours)

These courses provide foundational ideas, practices, and methods in theatre studies. Establishing a context for exploration and synthesis during and after undergraduate study, each class is essential to our department’s theoretical and practical approaches to theatre and dance.

Discovery Courses Required

DRAM 2050 – Performance and/as Theory 
DRAM 2xxx – The Body and Performance
DRAM 2010 – Theatre Design, Technology, & Production

Learning Areas: 

Each learning area includes several mid-level courses addressing key specialties within the fields of Drama and Dance. All the courses are frequently taught and may be taken without prerequisite. Drawn from across the departmental curriculum, they are grouped by similarity in method, content, or aims.

Choose 12 credit hours, one class from each the Learning Areas below:

Interpretation and Invention (3 credit hours)

These courses explore how we create and tell stories through performance history, text, or creative media.

(Pick one)

DRAM 2620 – Sound Design
DRAM 3050 – Making Theatre Histories
DRAM 3080 – Script Analysis
DRAM 3710 – Playwriting I
DRAM 3820 – Video Design

Critical Responses and Social Engagement (3 credit hours)

These courses analyze theatre, performance, dance, and/or popular entertainment within broader political and cultural contexts

(Pick one)

DRAM 3070 – African American Theatre
DRAM 3090 – Theatre and Social Change
DANC 3400 – Dance and Culture
DRAM 4020 – Comedy as Protest

Creating Performance (3 credit hours)

These courses prepare students for production-oriented learning in embodiment and performance.

(Pick one)

DRAM 2020 – Acting I
DANC 2300 – Dance Improvisation
DRAM 3040 – Movement for Theatre
DRAM 3420 – Voice for Theatre
DANC 3640 – Dance for the Camera

Crafting Performance (3 credit hours)

These courses explore the complex structures that surround performance through technology, media, management, and engaging an audience.

(Pick one)

DRAM 2110 – Lighting Technology
DRAM 2210 – Scenic Technology
DRAM 2310 – Costume Technology
DRAM 3xxx – Dramaturgy
DRAM 3652 – Production Management
DRAM 3825 – Media Design

Focused Inquiry (12 credit hours)

Working with their advisors, students craft a plan for further opportunities to specialize or for exploration into new areas they’ve not yet explored in theatre or dance. Opportunities for applied performance, production, and design work may also be used to fulfill part of a student’s plan of study.

Focused Inquiry: 12 credits, 6 of which must be from courses 3000 or above

Note: Courses may only be taken once to fulfill Focused Inquiry requirements. 

Possible courses:

DRAM 2020 – Acting I
DRAM 2110 – Lighting Technology
DRAM 2210 – Scenic Technology
DANC 2210 – Ballet I (1 unit)
DANC 2220 – Modern/Contemporary I (1 unit)
DANC 2230 – Jazz Dance I (1 unit)
​DRAM 2230 – Production Studio: Scenery (1 unit)
DRAM 2231 – Production Lab: Run Crew (1 unit)
DANC 2300 – Dance Improvisation
DRAM 2310 – Costume Technology
DRAM 2330 – Production Lab: Costume & Makeup (1 unit)
DANC 2430 – Production Lab: Dance (1 unit)
DRAM 2620 – Sound Design
DRAM 2630 – Production Lab: Sound (1 unit)
DRAM 2830 – Production Lab: Digital Media (1 unit)
DRAM 2840 – Design Studio Lab (1 unit)
DRAM 3xxx – Dramaturgy
DRAM 3040 – Movement for Theatre
DRAM 3050 – Making Theatre Histories
DRAM 3070 – African American Theatre
DRAM 3080 – Script Analysis
DRAM 3090 – Theatre and Social Change
DANC 3210 – Ballet II (1 unit)
DANC 3220 – Modern/Contemporary II (1 unit)
DANC 3300 – Dance Composition (2 units)
DANC 3400 – Dance and Culture
DRAM 3410 – Acting II
DRAM 3430 – Improvisation
DANC 3620 – Dance Repertory (1-3 units)
DANC 3640 – Dance for the Camera
DRAM 3651 – Directing I
DRAM 3652 – Production Management
DRAM 3653 – Production Lab: Stage Management
DRAM 3655 – Film Directing
DRAM 3825 – Media Design
DRAM 3710 – Playwriting I
DRAM 3730 – Screenwriting
DRAM 3820 – Video Design
DRAM 4020 – Comedy as Protest
DRAM 4110 – Lighting Design
DRAM 4590 – Special Topics: Black Monologues
DRAM 4590 – Special Topics: Producing Film
DRAM 4593 – Special Topics: New Works
DRAM 4593 – Special Topics: Booking the Job: Audition Technique
DRAM 4593 – Special Topics: Devised Theatre
DRAM 4593 – Special Topics: Speaking Social Justice
DANC 4640 – Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis
DRAM 4651 – Directing II
DRAM 4730 – Advanced Playwriting
DANC 4993 – Independent Study: Dance

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