The mission of the Department of Dramatic Art is to educate students to think critically and write cogently about the creative and artistic processes of theatre, its literature, and its history.
Students should be able to recognize and comprehend the impact of culture, society, and language on drama. They learn how the individual artist develops and furthers a theatrical vision. In addition, students are taught practical problem-solving skills, which are utilized in dramatic productions.
This mission is fulfilled through the rigor of the core curriculum and the quality of our students’ creative and artistic activity within and beyond the classroom. Students experience, and are challenged by, the group process necessary for the creative idea to evolve into the creative event.
The Department of Dramatic Art is dedicated to giving its majors an understanding and appreciation of theater on many levels. Students in the major study the history of theater and take classes in performance and production. Students are given the opportunity to participate in every aspect of extra-curricular dramatic productions, which, though not required for the major, is strongly encouraged.
With more than 300 programs available in 70 countries, there are many international experiences structured to enhance the student’s undergraduate career. Major and minor credit is available as well as General Education credit. Departmental approval for theatre courses is arranged with the director of undergraduate studies and is coordinated by the Study Abroad Office.
Any student may choose to minor in the Department of Dramatic Art. Programs of study are offered that emphasize Dramaturgy, Theatrical Design, Theatre Management, Theatrical Production, and Writing for the Stage and Screen.
Musical Theatre Minor
The minor in musical theatre performance, a joint program in the Department of Music and the Department of Dramatic Art, provides students with opportunities to improve their abilities in musical theatre performance. The minor has three components including acting literacy, music literacy, and movement literacy.