The primary objectives related to the undergraduate Theatre programs (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Theatre, and several Minors) are to help all students obtain a level of achievement appropriate to entry-level professionals in their specialty areas:
1. Knowledge of theatre as a social and aesthetic experience.
2. Knowledge of the history of the theatre and related dramatic literature.
3. Competence in basic acting and directing skills.
4. Competence in technical aspects of theatre.
5. Competence in study skills.
6. Competence in research skills.
7. Competence in thinking clearly, logically, and independently.
8. Ability to effectively communicate and work within a collaborative art.
The theatre curriculum is designed to provide not only a humanistic awareness of our history and civilization through a study of dramatic literature and theatre history, but also to allow the student to pursue courses of study which develop skills and techniques applicable to the production of plays and other theatrical media. A balance between theoretical and practical courses is offered in several degree programs. A theatre program can lead to careers in such varying areas as theatre, television, film, education, journalism, public relations, personnel work, sales, insurance, government, and law.
The primary objectives related to the graduate Theatre program are to help students develop the following competencies:
- 1. A highly developed understanding of the
history and literature of the art.
2. The ability to read, understand, and critique scholarly theatre-related essays and books.
3. The ability to contribute to general theatre scholarship.
4. The demonstrated ability to continue with graduate work toward a terminal degree, whether an M.F.A. or Ph.D
5. To develop pedagogical skills enabling the students to pass on their knowledge to others.
6. Knowledge of theatre as a social and aesthetic experience.
7. Knowledge of the history of the theatre and related dramatic literature.
8. Competence in basic acting and directing skills.
9. Competence in technical aspects of theatre.
10. Competence in study skills.
11. Competence in research skills.
12. Competence in thinking clearly, logically, and independently.
13. Ability to effectively communicate and work within a collaborative art.