Degree Requirements

Degrees available in Theatre at Carroll College

Theatre studies at Carroll College reflect the spirit of Liberal Arts Studies which encourages a broad base of knowledge and an open mind with a spirit of inquiry.

Our major leads to a BA in Theatre Arts and consists of 46 credits of THT (and a few other selected) courses. All students will complete 4 practicum credits, take 3 courses in theory, 3 courses in production, and 3 courses in performance. The balance of the credits can be chosen from any THT courses. Graduates will be well versed in several areas of theatre, making them more flexible and employable.

The minor consists of 20 THT credits.

  • All minors will complete 2 practicum credits, take 2 courses in theory, 2 courses in production, and 2 courses in performance. Like our theatre majors, our minors will gain experience in the full gamut of theatrical production.

Theatre Major Requirements

47 total credits are required to complete the major

Required Courses - 14 credits all majors are required to complete:

  • THT 318 - Theatre History I (3 cr)
  • THT 319 - Theatre History II (3 cr)
  • THT 426 - Dramaturgy (3 cr)
  • THT 495 - Senior Seminar (1 cr)
  • THT 104-109 - Theatre Practicum—4 credits in at least two different theatrical capacities

Production Courses - 9 credits chosen from the following courses:

  • THT 121 - Stagecraft I (3 cr)
  • THT 220 - Scene Painting (3 cr)
  • THT 221 - Stagecraft II (3 cr)
  • THT 222 - Intro to Stage Design (3 cr)
  • THT 223 - Costuming (3 cr)
  • THT 224 - Stage Makeup (3 cr)
  • THT 322 - Scenic Design (3 cr)
  • THT 323 - Lighting Design (3 cr)
  • THT 422 - Advanced Design (3 cr)

Performance Courses - 9 credits chosen from the following courses:

  • THT 111 - Intro to Acting (3 cr)
  • THT 160 - Improvisation (3 cr)
  • THT 207 - Comedy Acting (3 cr)
  • THT 208 - Stage Combat (3 cr)
  • THT 210 - Creative Dramatics (3 cr)
  • THT 211 - Puppetry (3 cr)
  • THT 212 - Advanced Acting (3 cr)
  • THT 310 - Women In Theatre (3 cr)
  • THT 311 - Directing (3 cr)
  • THT 312 - Musical Theatre and Auditioning (3 cr)
  • THT 313 - Stage Dialects (3 cr)
  • THT 314 - Shakespeare in Performance (3 cr)
  • THT 418 - Theatre for Young Audiences (3 cr)

Additional Courses - 15 additional THT or other Fine Arts credits, (up to 6 may be from the MUS or ART designation).

  • Courses also accepted:
  • ENLT 215, 216, and/or 423 - Shakespeare
  • ENGR 104 - Engineering graphics & CAD applications

Notes:

  • No class may meet more than one requirement even if it is listed in two categories.
  • A student must receive at least a C- in a class for it to count towards the major.
  • 18 of the 47 required credits must be upper division THT courses (300-400 level)
  • Theatre majors must be involved in some capacity in every Carroll production unless excused because of another theatre commitment. (we encourage you to participate in local theatre)

Theatre Minor Requirements

20 total credits required to complete the minor

Required Courses - 2 credits

  • THT 104-109 - Theatre Practicum (2 cr)

Production Courses - 6 credits chosen from the following courses

  • THT 121 - Stagecraft I (3 cr)
  • THT 220 - Scene Painting (3 cr)
  • THT 221 - Stagecraft II (3 cr)
  • THT 222 - Intro to Stage Design (3 cr)
  • THT 223 - Costuming (3 cr)
  • THT 224 - Stage Makeup (3 cr)
  • THT 322 - Scenic Design (3 cr)
  • THT 323 - Lighting Design (3 cr)

Performance Courses - 6 credits chosen from the following courses:

  • THT 111 - Intro to Acting (3 cr)
  • THT 160 - Improvisation (3 cr)
  • THT 207 - Comedy Acting (3 cr)
  • THT 208 - Stage Combat (3 cr)
  • THT 210 - Creative Drama(3 cr)
  • THT 211 - Puppetry (3 cr)
  • THT 212 - Advanced Acting (3 cr)
  • THT 310 - Women In Theatre (3 cr)
  • THT 311 - Directing (3 cr)
  • THT 312 - Musical Theatre and Auditioning (3 cr)
  • THT 313 - Stage Dialects (3 cr)
  • THT 314 - Shakespeare in Performance (3 cr)

History/Theory Courses - 6 credits chosen from the following courses

  • THT 118 - Theatre Appreciation (3 CR)
  • THT 210 - Creative Drama
  • THT 310 - Women In Theatre (3 cr)
  • THT 318 - Theatre History I (3 cr)
  • THT 319 - Theatre History II (3 cr)
  • THT 418 - Theatre for Young Audiences (3 cr)
  • THT 426 - Dramaturgy (3 cr)

Notes:

  • No class may meet more than one requirement even if it is listed in two categories.
  • A student must receive at least a C- in a class for it to count towards the minor.
  • 6 of the 20 required credits must be upper division THT courses (300-400 level)
  • Theatre minors must be involved in some capacity in at least two Carroll productions per year (usually minimum of one per semester).

Six Learning Outcomes for Theatre Students

When you study theatre at Carroll College, you will discover it changes you in the following ways:

  1. Theatre studies are a great strategy for a complete and balanced liberal arts education. We examine and portray the entire world.
  2. Theatre studies will enhance your awareness of aesthetics and require you to use a variety of problem-solving approaches and tools. Our subjects provide opportunities for creative expression, encourage the expansion development of your cultural awareness.
  3. Theatre studies will expand your interpersonal and communication skills well beyond conventional modes. Besides verbal communication training you will receive in Acting and Directing courses, you will complete writing assignments in Theatre History and Dramaturgy. And beyond communication lies collaboration and teamwork. Theatre is the art of teamwork.
  4. Theatre studies will encompass the various fine arts disciplines, and also provide for broad interdisciplinary associations of other academic areas. Some examples include:
    • Business (arts management)
    • Literature (Shakespeare, and other playwrights and poets)
    • Mathematics (construction planning, estimating, management and budgeting)
    • History (Theatre history and Theatre Appreciation)
    • Philosophy (dramaturgy).
    Theatre studies focus a great deal on the creative aspect of the human experience and force you to discover an outlet for personal expression, which can contribute to your well-being. Creative people can succeed where others can't.
  5. If you pursue a B.A. in Theatre you will be qualified to pursue a vocation in your field. If theatre is not your field, and you can employ your learning to enrich your life's work and the lives of others.