Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts

The Theater Arts Department currently offers both a Theater Arts major with one (or more) concentrations and a Theater Arts major without a concentration.  There are three choices for concentrations within the major: performance, directing/dramaturgy/playwriting, and design/technical. The Theater Arts major with a concentration requires the following: the theater core curriculum, one concentration requirement, one concentration elective, plus two Theater major electives. Each concentration requires 10 production units taken as THP practicum courses.  The Theater Arts major without a concentration consists of the nine theater core curriculum courses plus 5 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:

  • 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 226 – Movement for Theater
  • THR/FLM 230 – Scenic Painting: Painting for Stage, Film and Faux Application
  • THR 233 – Acting for the Camera
  • 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 complete a substantial independent project of honors quality within the major. Honors candidates should meet with their departmental advisor during spring semester of their junior year to develop a proposal for the honors project to be submitted by mid-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 pursuing one of the three theater concentrations 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 237 – Dance for Musical Theater
  • THR 255 – Introduction to 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:

  • ENL 241 – Introduction to Cinema Arts
  • THR 226 – Movement for Theater
  • 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 232 – Acting
  • THR 250 – Script Analysis: Foundations of Theater
  • 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 25 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 115/125 and 116/126 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

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