Minors - Requirements

Minors choose one of the two areas of concentration: (1) Theatre-Performance Arts or (2) Rhetoric-Communication Arts, as their primary area of concentration and the other as their secondary area of concentration.

Fulfillment of the minor requires the following:

I. Primary Area of Concentration

Minors must take four (4) courses in their primary area of concentration, at least two (2) of which must be introductory courses and at least two (2) of which must be advanced courses.

II. Secondary Area of Concentration

Minors must take two (2) courses from the above list from their secondary area of concentration, at least one (1) of which must be an introductory course and at least one (1) of which must be an advanced course. Important: While a few courses appear in both areas of concentration, students are not allowed to “double dip” — that is, all courses must be designated as fulfilling a course requirement in one of the two areas of concentration.

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Area of Concentration No. 1: Theatre-Performance

Majors must take three courses from the above list for their secondary area of concentration, at least one of which must be an introductory course and at least two of which must be advanced courses. While a few courses appear in both areas of concentration, students are not allowed to “double dip” — that is, all courses must be designated as fulfilling a course requirement in one of the two areas of concentration.

Introductory courses include:

100. Beginning Ballet.
103. Stagecraft.
107. Beginning Acting.
113. Introduction to Performance Studies.
125. Introduction to Dramatic Scripts.
202. Sound for the Stage.
204. Costume History and Construction.
215. Dramatic Texts in Context.
223. Playwriting.
230. Beginning/Intermediate Modern Dance.
235. Beginning/Intermediate Jazz Dance.
3000-3999. Special Topics in Theatre/Performance Studies.

Advanced courses studies include:

270. Collaboration Across the Arts.
303. Stage Lighting.
307. Characterization.
309. Acting Styles.
314. Group Performance.
317. Performing Poetry.
319, 320. Shakespeare.
322. Native American Oral Traditions.
327. Drama By and About Women.
330. Ritual Studies.
332. Directing.
338. Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde.
340. Performance Art.
344. Children’s Theatre in the Schools.
355. Studies in World Dramatic Literature.
437. Contemporary British Theatre. (London)
480. Independent Study.
490.  SYE: Senior Project.
499.  SYE: Honors Senior Project.
4000-4999. Special Topics in Theatre/Performance Studies.

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Area of Concentration No. 2: Rhetoric-Communication

Majors must take six courses in their primary area of concentration, at least two of which must be introductory courses and at least four of which must be advanced courses.

Introductory courses include:

111. Rhetoric and Public Speaking.
127. Introduction to Communication Studies.
3000-3999. Special Topics in Rhetoric/Communication Studies.

Advanced courses include:

239. Media Industries.
311. Advanced Public Speaking.
315. Gender and Communication.
316. Advanced Communication Studies.
318. Argumentation and Debate.
321. Intercultural Communication.
322. Native American Oral Traditions.
325. Peer Mentoring in Rhetoric and Communication.
326. American Public Address.
328. Interpersonal Communication.
329. Rhetoric of Social Movements.
330. Ritual Studies.
331. Presidential Campaign Rhetoric.
333. Persuasion: Analyzing Rhetorical Texts.
336. Rhetoric and Citizenship.
480. Independent Study.
489. SYE: Senior Project.
498. SYE: Honors Senior Project.
4000-4999. Special Topics in Rhetoric /Communication Studies.

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III. Electives

In addition to the courses listed above that fulfill minor requirements, the department also offers the following electives which do not count for minor credit:

226. Introduction to Japanese Drama.
480. Independent Study.