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:

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.
213. Special Topics in Theatre/Performance Studies.
215. Dramatic Texts in Context.
223. Playwriting.
230. Introduction to Modern Dance.
235. Introduction to Jazz Dance.
255. African-American Drama.

Advanced courses studies include:

303. Stage Lighting.
307. Characterization.
309. Acting Styles.
314. Group Performance.
270. Collaboration Across the Arts.
332. Directing.
313. Special Topics in Theatre/Performance Studies.
317. Performing Poetry.
319, 320. Shakespeare.
322. Native American Oral Traditions.
323. South African Drama.
324. Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama.
327. Drama By and About Women.
330. Ritual Studies.
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)
489/90.  SYE: Senior Project.
498/99.  SYE: Honors Senior Project.

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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.
126. Persuasion.
127. Introduction to Communication Studies.
212. Special Topics in Rhetoric/Communication Studies.
221. Intercultural Communication.

Advanced courses include:

311. Advanced Public Speaking.
318. Argumentation and Debate.
328. Interpersonal Communication.
325. Peer Mentoring in Rhetoric and Communication.
312. Special Topics in Rhetoric /Communication Studies.
315. Gender and Communication.
316. Advanced Communication Studies.
322. Native American Oral Traditions.
326. American Public Address.
329. Rhetoric of Social Movements.
330. Ritual Studies.
331. Presidential Campaign Rhetoric.
489/90. SYE: Senior Project.
498/99. SYE: Honors Senior Project.

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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:

100.   Beginning Ballet.
101.    Production Credit.
226.    Introduction to Japanese Drama.
244.    Techniques of Screenwriting.
306.    Advanced Screenwriting.
480.    Independent Study.