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Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will develop a fundamental knowledge of theatrical history as well as dramatic literature;
  2. Students will acquire skills necessary to do script/text analysis;
  3. Students will demonstrate the theoretical precepts found in both production and performance;
  4. Students will be exposed to a variety of theatrical skills and apply this knowledge in practical, Learn by Doing situations;
  5. Students will practice values and ethics that foster an inclusive environment where theatrical activity can flourish;
  6. Students will develop written proficiency in a wide variety of assignments.

Student Learning Objectives

1.1 - Investigate the conventions, innovations, principles and prominent practitioners of the primary periods of theatrical history, including western and non-western forms;

1.2 - Recognize and demonstrate knowledge of a significant number of plays that are representative of key theatrical periods;

1.3 - Articulate the basic principles of the major genres of dramatic literature;

1.4 - Explore the political, social, and aesthetic context in which theatre has occurred;

1.5 - Articulate historiographic considerations of the theatrical past;

2.1 - Analyze a play from a design perspective, creating an environment that captures the theme and spirit of a play;

2.2 - Analyze a play from a directorial point of view, being able to articulate the structure, construct a character analysis for each role, formulate movement, and craft interaction that illuminates the theme and spirit of a play;

2.3 - Analyze a play from a dramaturgical perspective, understanding the historical context and social conventions in which the play was written or is set;

3.1 - Apply scholarly research to the process of design, playwriting, directing, and creating a character;

3.2 - Create and communicate concepts using appropriate visual means and with vocal clarity;

3.3 - Develop investigative skills;

3.4 - Think critically;

3.5 - Integrate other-created and self-imagined solutions;

4.1 - Develop and apply the principles and process involved in creating a design;

4.2 - Synthesize and apply the principles and process in directing a play;

4.3 - Recognize and apply the principles and process in writing a play;

4.4 - Analyze and apply the principles and process in the creation and portrayal of a character;

4.5 - Develop vocal, physical, and imaginative skills in order to express their ideas and vision;

4.6 - Recognize and apply construction techniques used in building and painting scenery or construction costumes;

4.7 - Utilize scene or costume shop machinery in a safe and appropriate manner;

4.8 - Understand the role of the stage manager, publicist, producer, house manager and box office manager;

5.1 - Develop an understanding of diverse and non-traditional theatrical conventions and viewpoints;

5.2 - Practice discipline, develop strong time management skills, and display commitment to process;

5.3 - Work in a respectful, collaborative environment;

5.4 - Create a community that stands for the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone;

6.1 - Understand the research process and write research reports;

6.2 - Critically analyze theatre performance through written reviews;

6.3 - Write a one-act play;

6.4 - Write coherent, persuasive critical analysis essays in a variety of topics drawn from history, literature, and theory.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • 2.0 GPA
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism 

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

TH 101First-Year Theatre Seminar1
TH 210Introduction to Theatre (C3) 14
TH 220Acting Methods4
TH 225Costume Construction I4
TH 227Theatre History I4
TH 228Theatre History II4
TH 230Stagecraft I4
TH 260Voice and Diction for the Stage4
or TH 270 Stage Make-Up
or TH 280 Body Awareness and Expression
TH 290Script Analysis4
TH 295Foundations in Theatrical Design4
TH 305Topics in Diversity on the American Stage (USCP)4
TH 325Costume Construction II4
or TH 330 Stagecraft II
TH 350Seminar in Playwriting4
TH 430Scenic Design4
or TH 432 Costume Design
TH 450Directing4
TH 461Senior Project Seminar3
Select from the following (lower division):4
Improvisational Theatre
Introduction to Stage Management
Voice and Diction for the Stage 2
Stage Make-Up 2
Selected Topics 3
Body Awareness and Expression 2
Select from the following (upper division):12
Topics in Diversity on the American Stage (USCP) 4
Costume Construction II 4
Stagecraft II 4
Advanced Acting Studio 3
Rehearsal and Performance
Theatre in the United States
Costume History
Theatre for Young Audiences
Global Theatre and Performance
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates 3
Scenic Design 2
Costume Design 2
Lighting Design
Selected Advanced Topics 3
Selected Advanced Laboratory 3
Advanced Internship 3
ENGL 339Introduction to Shakespeare (C4) 14
Select from the following (lower division 100-200 level):4
Introduction to Media Arts and Technologies
any ARCH, ART, DANC, MU course(s)
Select from the following (upper division 300-400 level):4
Storytelling: Modern Applications of Traditional Narrative
any ARCH, ART, DANC, ENGL, ISLA, MU course(s)
(See the list GE requirements below.)64
Electives (At least 9 units must be upper division)28
Total units180

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 8 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BMath, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning
B2Life Science4
B3Physical Science4
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B5Area B elective (select one course from B1-B5)4
B7Upper-division elective4
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts (4 units in Major) 10
C4Upper-division elective (4 units in Support) 10
Area D Society and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D5Upper-division elective4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
ELower-division elective4
Total units64