Theatre and Dance Courses & Requirements | Wittenberg University

Theatre and Dance Courses & Requirements

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A.: Theatre
  • Minors: Technical Theatre, Theatre Performance

Students may no longer declare Dance as a major or a minor as of fall 2020. Students who have previously declared will be able to complete the requirements. If you have questions, please check with your advisor, or contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@wittenberg.edu.

Course Listings

  • Click here to read complete descriptions of the Theatre and Dance courses offered at Wittenberg.

Degree Requirements:

Major in Theatre (Performance Track) - 40 credits

  • THDN 122 Acting - 4 credits
  • THDN 210 Dance Ethnology - 4 credits
  • THDN 231 Stage Design - 4 credits
  • THDN 265 History of Western Theatre - 4 credits
  • THDN 270 Contemporary American Drama - 4 credits
  • THDN 300 Directing - 4 credits
  • THDN 310 Devised Theatre - 4 credits
  • THDN 331 Advanced Stage Design - 4 credits
  • THDN 401 Senior Seminar - 1 credit
  • Four credits chosen from:
    • THDN 211 Dance Composition - 4 credits
    • THDN 226 Improvisation - 4 credits
    • THDN 235 Stage Management - 2 credits
    • THDN 240 Playwriting - 4 credits
    • THDN 250 Child Drama - 4 credits
    • THDN 280 Topics in Theatre - 4 credits
    • THDN 400 Topics in Theatre or Dance - 1-4 credits
    • THDN 490 Independent Study - 1-4 credits
    • THDN 492 Internship - 1-4 credits
    • PHIL 208 Philosophy and Modern Drama - 4 credits
    • ENGL 364 Shakespeare - 4 credits
  • Two credits chosen from:
    • THDN 030 Modern Dance
    • THDN 040 Ballet
    • THDN 050 Jazz
    • THDN 060 Tap Dance
    • THDN 070 Dance Company Workshop - 2 credits
  • Crew one MainStage theatre production
  • Complete one of the following:
    • Direct a Student Laboratory Production
    • Assistant Direct a substantial MainStage Theatre Production (at discretion of Chair in consultation with faculty)
    • Create significant dramaturgical packet (at discretion of Chair in consultation with faculty)
  • Pass a two-part senior comprehensive examination: Practical (significant artistic product) and Written (critical analysis of product)

Major in Theatre (Design & Technology Track) - 42 credits

  • THDN 122 Acting - 4 credits
  • THDN 210 Dance Ethnology - 4 credits
  • THDN 230 Stagecraft - 4 credits
  • THDN 231 Stage Design - 4 credits
  • THDN 265 History of Western Theatre - 4 credits
  • THDN 270 Contemporary American Drama - 4 credits
  • THDN 300 Directing - 4 credits
  • THDN 310 Devised Theatre - 4 credits
  • THDN 331 Advanced Stage Design - 4 credits
  • THDN 401 Senior Seminar - 1 credit
  • Four credits chosen from:
    • THDN 211 Dance Composition - 4 credits
    • THDN 235 Stage Management - 2 credits
    • THDN 240 Playwriting - 4 credits
    • THDN 250 Child Drama - 4 credits
    • THDN 280 Topics in Theatre - 4 credits
    • THDN 400 Topics in Theatre or Dance - 1-4 credits
    • THDN 490 Independent Study - 1-4 credits
    • THDN 492 Internship - 1-4 credits
    • ART 101 2D Design - 4 credits
    • ART 103 3D Design - 4 credits
    • ART 121 Basic Drawing - 4 credits
  • Crew one MainStage theatre production
  • Complete one of the following:
    • Stage a Student Laboratory Production
    • Design a MainStage Theatre Production or a significant Student Laboratory production (at discretion of Chair in consultation with faculty)
    • Create significant dramaturgical packet (at discretion of Chair in consultation with faculty)
  • Pass a two-part senior comprehensive examination: Practical (significant artistic product) and Written (critical analysis of product)

Major in Dance

A dance major completes 38 credits of course work. Required courses are THDN 102, 211, 215, 311, 313 and 401. The student also completes eight credits chosen from THDN 030, 031, 032, 040, 041, 042, 050, 051 and 052; these eight credits must include either THDN 032, 042 or 052. The student completes either THDN 112, 210 or 200; and four credits chosen from THDN 180, 181, 182, 233, 234, 235 or 226. The student also serves on one technical production crew, completes an integrated learning unit and passes a two-part senior comprehensive examination.

Minor in Theatre Design & Technology - 20 credits

  • THDN 230 Stagecraft - 4 credits
  • THDN 231 Stage Design - 4 credits
  • THDN 265 History of Western Theatre - 4 credits
  • THDN 310 Devised Theatre - 4 credits
  • Four credits chosen from:
    • THDN 210 Dance Ethnology - 4 credits
    • THDN 211 Dance Composition - 4 credits
    • THDN 235 Stage Management - 2 credits
    • THDN 270 Contemporary American Drama - 4 credits
    • THDN 300 Directing - 4 credits
    • THDN 331 Advanced Stage Design - 4 credits
    • THDN 401 Senior Seminar - 1 credit
    • THDN 030 Modern Dance
    • THDN 040 Ballet
    • THDN 050 Jazz
    • THDN 060 Tap Dance
    • THDN 070 Dance Company Workshop
  • Perform in and/or crew for two MainStage theatre productions

Minor in Theatre Performance - 19 credits

  • THDN 122 Acting - 4 credits
  • THDN 265 History of Western Theatre - 4 credits
  • THDN 310 Devised Theatre - 4 credits
  • Two credits chosen from:
    • THDN 030 Modern Dance
    • THDN 040 Ballet
    • THDN 050 Jazz
    • THDN 060 Tap Dance
    • THDN 070 Dance Company Workshop
  • Five credits from:
    • THDN 210 Dance Ethnology - 4 credits
    • THDN 211 Dance Composition - 4 credits
    • THDN 235 Stage Management - 2 credits
    • THDN 250 Child Drama - 4 credits
    • THDN 270 Contemporary American Drama - 4 credits
    • THDN 280 Topics in Theatre - 1-4 credits
    • THDN 300 Directing - 4 credits
    • THDN 322 Advanced Acting - 4 credits
    • THDN 400 Topics in Theatre Performance - 1-4 credits
    • THDN 401 Senior Seminar - 1 credit
  • Perform in and/or crew for two MainStage theatre productions

Minor in Dance

A student takes 22 credits of required course work: THDN 102, THDN 211; either THDN 313 or 200 (topics in dance history; either THDN 112, 210 or 200 (topics in dance culture); and either THDN 226 or 230. In addition, the student completes four credits of dance technique courses chosen from THDN 010- 070, and participates in the senior dance concert. All four credits of dance technique courses and the two credits of THDN 102 may count toward the total credits needed for graduation.

Licensure for Teaching in Drama/Theatre
Students interested in pursuing a course of study leading to a license to teach drama/theatre should contact the chairperson of the Department of Theatre and Dance or the Department of Education for specific requirements.

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