Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts

The Theater Arts Department currently has three concentrations within the major: performance, directing/dramaturgy/playwriting, and design/technical. Each concentration consists of the theater core curriculum supplemented by one concentration requirement, one concentration elective, plus two Theater major electives. Each concentration requires 10 production units taken as THP practicum courses.

Graduation Skills

The Theater Arts Department addresses the graduation skills using the embedded model. Every course within the core
curriculum and most electives as part of a specific concentration require various projects that address Critical Thinking
(CT), Writing (W), and Speaking (S). The Quantitative Reasoning (QR) graduation skill can be met by completing GST 200,
MAT 145, MAT 146, or PHY 119.
Transfer students must consult an advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill each of
these skills.

Theater Arts Major

Nine core courses for each concentration:

THR 228 – Introduction to Stagecraft
THR 232 – Acting
THR 245 – Introduction to Asian and Asian American Theater
THR 250 – Script Analysis: Foundations of Theater
THR 270 – Introduction to Black Theater
THR 328 – Theatrical Design
THR 361 – Theater History and Criticism I
THR 362 – Theater History and Criticism II
THR 366 – Stage Direction

Theater Major Electives

For each of the three concentrations, students may choose two electives from the following pool of courses. Within a single concentration, a course can count as a theater major elective only if NOT taken to satisfy a concentration requirement or concentration elective:

THR 233 – Acting for the Camera
THR 226 – Movement for Theater
THR/FLM 230 – Scenic Painting: Painting for Stage, Film and Faux Application
THR 235 – Skills of Musical Theater
THR 237 – Dance for Musical Theater
THR 255 – Introduction to Musical Theater
THR 265 – Computer Drafting for the Stage and Architecture
THR 275 – Lighting and Sound for the Stage
THR 280 – Costumes and Makeup for Performance
THR 295 – Topics
THR/ENL 325 – Playwriting I
THR/ENL 326 – Playwriting II
THR 350 – Voice for Speech, Stage and Screen
THR 365 – Advanced Acting
THR 425 – New Methodologies of Stage Direction and Dramaturgy
THR 495 – Topics
ENL 221 – Expository Writing about the Arts
ENL 330 – Shakespeare
ENL 338 – British and Commonwealth Drama
ENL 358 – Readings in American Drama
ENL 368 – Readings in World Drama
NAS 352 – Modern Nordic Drama

Performance Concentration

Students choosing this concentration will enroll in the nine core theater major courses taken by all theater majors plus the electives and requirements listed below. Students in the performance concentration are encouraged to consult with their advisor when selecting electives. Advisors will assist students in identifying the year and semester elective courses are offered. Students are strongly encouraged to also complete a professional internship at a local Twin Cities theater.

To fulfill this concentration:
Thirteen THR courses—nine required core courses, one performance concentration requirement, one performance concentration elective, two Theater major electives, plus 10 Theater practicum units taken as THP courses.

Performance Concentration Requirement:

THR 365 – Advanced Acting

Performance Concentration Electives:

Select and complete one of the following:
THR 226 – Movement for Theater
THR 350 – Voice for Speech, Stage and Screen

Theater Major Electives:
Select and complete two of the courses listed above under general Theater Major Electives. Within the performance concentration, a course can count as a Theater major elective only if NOT taken to satisfy a performance concentration requirement or elective.

Ten production practicum units (THP)–See Practicum Units

Directing/Dramaturgy/Playwriting Concentration

Students choosing this concentration will enroll in the nine core Theater major courses taken by all Theater majors plus the requirements and electives listed below. Students in the directing/dramaturgy concentration are encouraged to consult with their advisor when selecting electives. Advisors will assist students in identifying the year and semester elective courses are offered.

To fulfill this concentration:

Thirteen THR courses—nine required core courses, one directing/dramaturgy/playwriting concentration requirement, one directing/dramaturgy/playwriting concentration elective, two Theater major electives, plus 10 Theater practicum units taken as THP courses.

Directing/Dramaturgy/Playwriting Concentration Requirement:

THR/ENL 325 – Playwriting I

Directing/Dramaturgy/Playwriting Concentration Electives:

Select and complete one of the following:
THR/ENL 326 – Playwriting II
THR 425 – New Methodologies of Stage Direction and Dramaturgy
ENL 221 – Expository Writing about the Arts

Theater Major Electives:

Select and complete two of the courses listed above under general theater major electives. Within the directing/dramaturgy/playwriting concentration, a course can count as a theater major elective only if NOT taken to satisfy a directing/dramaturgy/playwriting concentration requirement or elective.

Ten production practicum units (THP)–See Practicum Units

Specific practicum requirements:

Serve as stage manager on main-stage show
Dramaturg one main-stage show

Design/Technical Concentration

Students choosing this concentration will enroll in the nine core Theater major courses taken by all Theater majors plus the requirements and electives listed below. Students in the design/technical concentration are encouraged to consult with their advisor when selecting electives. Advisors will assist students in identifying the year and semester elective courses are offered.

To fulfill this concentration:
Thirteen THR courses–nine required core courses, one design/technical concentration requirement, one design/technical concentration elective, two Theater major electives, plus 10 Theater practicum units taken as THP courses.

Design/Technical Concentration Requirement:

Select and complete one of the following:

THR 275 – Lighting and Sound for the Stage
THR 280 – Costumes and Makeup for Performance

Design/Technical Concentration Electives:

Select and complete one of the following:

THR/FLM 230 – Scenic Painting: Paint for Stage, Film and Faux Application
THR 265 – Computer Drafting for the Stage and Architecture

Theater Major Electives:

Select and complete two of the courses listed above under general Theater major electives. Within the design/technology concentration, a course can count as a Theater major elective only if NOT taken to satisfy a design/technology concentration requirement or elective.

Ten production practicum units (THP)–See Practicum Units

Curricular Planning Information

First-years planning to major in theater arts should complete THR 228, 232, and 250 during their first year. Students who are second-year, third-year, or fourth-year majors may choose from the following courses, depending on their concentration and courses offered: THR 226, 230, 235, 237, 245, 255, 270, 275, 280, 295, 325, 361, and 362. Theater majors who are juniors or seniors may take THR 326, 328, 350, 361, 362, 365, 366, 425, and 495. Note: While many courses are offered annually, some courses are offered alternate years only and others are offered only on an occasional basis.

Departmental Honors

Designed to encourage overall excellence as well as outstanding achievement on a specific project of special interest to the student. Departmental Honors students must maintain a 3.75 GPA in the major and a 3.60 GPA overall and, as part of their major, complete a substantial independent project of honors quality. Honors candidates should meet with their departmental advisor early spring semester of their junior year to develop a proposal for the honors project to be submitted by the first week of April. The theater department will assign an honors project advisor to students submitting successful proposals.

Transfer Students

Transfer students should meet with a transfer advisor upon acceptance to determine what credits taken at another institution will transfer into the major. The majority of Theater core classes should, however, be taken at Augsburg. Additionally, transfers are required to take a minimum of three upper division theater arts courses at Augsburg. Students should complete ten practicum units to fulfill their major requirements. Students transferring with sophomore standing should complete a minimum of seven practicum units within the department. Students transferring with junior standing should complete a minimum of five practicum units within the department.

Theater Arts Minors

The Theater Arts Department offers six minors: Musical Theater, Performance, Design/Technical, Film/Performance, Theater History and Criticism Dramaturgy, and a general Theater Arts minor.

Please note: ALL Theater Arts minors are required to complete five Theater practicum units (THP credits) in any of the three areas (acting/performance, production, or artistic/production management).

Musical Theater Minor (5 courses):

Four Required Courses:

THR 232 – Acting
THR/MUS 235 – Skills of Musical Theater
THR 255 – Introduction to Musical Theater
THR 237 – Dance for Musical Theater

Take one of the following:

THR 365 – Advanced Acting
MUE 294/494 – Opera Workshop
Plus 5 THP (practicum) credits

Performance Minor (5 courses):

Two Required Courses:

THR 232 – Acting
THR 250 – Script Analysis

Take three of the following:
THR 116 – Creative Drama: Acting and Improvisation
THR 222 – Introduction to Theater
THR 226 – Movement for Theater
THR 350 – Voice for Stage, Speech and Screen
THR 365 – Advanced Acting
THR 495 – Topics
Plus 5 THP (practicum) credits

Design/Technical Minor (5 courses):

One Required Course:
THR 328 – Theatrical Design

Take four of the following:

THR 228 – Introduction to Stagecraft
THR 250 – Script Analysis: Foundations of Theater
THR/FLM 230 – Scenic Painting: Paint for Stage, Film, and Faux Application
THR/FLM 275 – Lighting and Sound for the Stage
THR/ART 280 – Costumes and Makeup for Performance
Plus 5 THP (practicum) credits

Film/Performance Minor (5 courses):

Two Required Courses:

THR 232 – Acting
THR 233 – Acting for the Camera

Take three of the following:

THR 226 – Movement for Theater
ENL 241 – Introduction to Cinema Arts
THR 350 – Voice for Stage, Speech, and Screen
THR 365 – Advanced Acting
Plus 5 THP (practicum) credits

Theater History and Criticism Dramaturgy Minor (5 courses):

Four Required Courses:

THR 250 – Script Analysis: Foundations of Theater
THR/ENL 325 – Playwriting I
THR 361 – Theater History Criticism I
THR 362 – Theater History Criticism II

Take one of the following

THR 299 – Directed Study: Dramaturgy
THR 299 – Directed Study: Theater History and Criticism
Plus 5 THP (practicum)) credits

Theater Arts Minor (5 courses):

Four Required Courses:

THR 250 – Script Analysis: Foundations of Theater
THR 232 – Acting
THR 362 – Theater History Criticism II
THR 366 – Stage Direction

Take one of the following:

THR 228 – Introduction to Stagecraft
THR 328 – Theatrical Design
Plus 5 THP (practicum) credits

Theater Practicum Courses

THP courses involve practicum teaching and learning in the context of play productions and are required for the Theater Arts major/minor. All THP Theater practicum courses are taken for noncredit with pass/no credit grading. Evaluation by the faculty mentor will be based on: 1) successful and timely completion of practicum area for which student is registered; 2)   positive and professional attitude and work ethic demonstrated by the student; and 3) demonstrated competency in practicum area. The positive evaluation of each of the areas must be sufficient enough to lead to a minimum grade of 2.0 in order to receive a P grade.

THP courses require:

• Consent and signature of instructor
• Supervision by theater faculty
• A minimum of 30 hours of assessed participation by the student
• Registration for THP course for semester when practicum is completed
• Registration for practicum before deadline dates set by the Registrar’s Office

Please note:

• All majors will complete at least one THP 123 unit in costumes.
• All majors will complete one THP 133 in lighting.
• THP courses may be repeated.
• Crew work required for classes/coursework does not count towards practicum credit.
• Work-study hours do not count towards practicum credit.
• Completion of THP 115 and 116 counts as two and three practicum units respectively because of the extraordinary amount of time required of the student. All other THP courses count as one practicum unit each.
• THP requirements for transfer students are explained under “Transfer Students,” above.

Theater Practicum Courses–Areas

All Theater Arts majors in all three concentrations are required to complete 10 practicum units (THP) from the three established areas below.

Area 1: Performance

Each major will complete between one and five THPs from the performance area.
THP 111/121/131/141/151 – Theater Practicum: Acting/Performance

Students who complete participation as an actor in one midterm and one final student directing project for THR 366 may
be given one THP 151 credit.

Area 2: Production

Each major will complete between four and eight THPs from the production area.

THP 112/122/132 – Theater Practicum: House Management
THP 113 – Theater Practicum: Sets
THP 123 – Theater Practicum: Costumes
THP 133 – Theater Practicum: Lights
THP 114/124/134 – Theater Practicum: Running Crew
THP 115/125/135 – Theater Practicum: Stage Management–small project
THP 116/126/136 – Theater Practicum: Stage Management–large project

Area 3: Artistic/Production Management

Each major will complete one THP from this area.

THP 117/127/137 – Theater Practicum: Artistic Assistance

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.