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Undergraduate Program Description

The Boston College Theatre Department—faculty, staff, and students—is committed to theatre education that combines art with scholarship and drama study with theatre practice. We seek to foster creativity, critical thinking, excellence, and professionalism through the integration of courses, productions, workshops, and other activities. We value theatre as a liberal art as well as a performing art, which means that we seek to understand it not only as a means of artistic expression and a form of entertainment but as a window onto history, a method of inquiry into all things human, and a vehicle for social change. Interested students are invited to join us in this mission regardless of previous experience. Those who do will develop an intellectual frame of reference, a theatrical imagination, and practical skills that prepare them for advanced training in a wide range of disciplines and vocations.

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Major Requirements

The Theatre Department offers a major in theatre and students earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students must successfully complete a total of twelve 3-credit courses, six of which constitute the foundation upon which the upper-level courses are built. Ideally, these six courses will be completed by the end of the sophomore year. The required Foundation courses are:

  • THTR1172 Dramatic Structure and Theatrical Process (fall only). Students unable to register for this class may substitute THTR1170 Introduction to Theatre (fall and spring)
  • THTR1103 Acting I: Fundamentals of Performance (fall and spring)
  • THTR1130 Elements of Theatre Production I (spring only)
  • THTR1140 Elements of Theatre Production II (fall only; prerequisite THTR1130)
  • THTR2275 History of Theatre I (fall only)
  • THTR2285 History of Theatre II (spring only)

Students must also complete six 3-credit courses that provide focused training and advanced study. Theatre majors will choose these courses as follows: (1) two upper-level Performance/Production courses (numbered from THTR3300 to THTR3369 or from THTR4400 to THTR4469); (2) two upper-level Dramatic Literature, Criticism, and Theatre History courses (numbered from THTR3370 to THTR3389 and and from THTR4470 to THTR4489); and (3) two General Theatre Electives chosen from the Theatre Department curriculum according to individual interest.  Students may bundle three 1-credit mini-courses together to make one General Theatre Elective. 

In addition, theatre majors must complete a total of six Production Labs. These are experiential learning courses that involve practical work backstage or in the shops (one credit) or as a designer or stage manager (two credits) on Theatre Department productions. Students register for Labs at the beginning of each semester.

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Minor Requirements

The Theatre Minor is intended for students with a serious interest in theatre who for one reason or another are not able to commit to fulfilling the requirements for the Theatre Major. Based on the same principles and structure as the Theatre Major, it aims to provide students with a broad-based theatre education that balances courses in theatre studies and theatre practice. 

A Theatre Minor will complete the following courses and requirements:

  • THTR1172 Dramatic Structure and Theatrical Process (fall only) OR, in special cases, THTR1170 Introduction to Theatre (fall and spring)
  • THTR1103 Acting 1: Fundamentals of Performance (fall and spring)
  • THTR1130 Elements of Theatre Production I (spring only)
  • THTR2275 History of Theatre I (fall only) OR THTR2285 History of Theatre II (spring only)
  • One upper-level Literature, Criticism, History course (see above)
  • One upper-level Production/Performance course (see above)
  • Three one-credit Production Labs (including at least one Prep Lab)

Students who wish to declare a Theatre Minor should contact Crystal Tiala (tiala@bc.edu), Chair of the Theatre Department, with an email indicating their interest and providing their Eagle ID number. 

For students in the Lynch School of Education with an interest in the teaching and practice of theatre in school and institutional settings, the Theatre Department offers a Minor in Educational Theatre. An LSOE Educational Theatre Minor will complete the following courses and requirements:

  • THTR1172 Dramatic Structure and Theatrical Process (fall only) OR, in special cases, THTR1170 Introduction to Theatre (fall and spring)
  • THTR1103 Acting I: Fundamentals of Performance (fall and spring) OR THTR1130 Elements of Theatre Production I (spring only)
  • THTR2258 Creative Dramatics (fall only)
  • THTR2268 Theatre for Youth (spring only) or THTR3366 Directing I (fall only) or THTR4469 Composition and Performance Workshop (intermittent)
  • One upper-level Literature, Criticism, History course (see above) OR THTR2275 History of Theatre I (fall only) OR THTR2285 History of Theatre II (spring only)
  • One upper-level Production/Performance course (see above) OR THTR1140 Elements of Production II (fall only)
  • Two one-credit Production Labs (including at least one Prep Lab)

LSOE students who wish to declare an Educational Theatre Minor should contact Crystal Tiala (tiala@bc.edu), Chair of the Theatre Department and Professor Luke Jorgensen (luke.jorgensen@bc.edu) with an email indicating their interest and providing their Eagle ID number. Contact should also be made with Assistant Dean Audrey Friedman in the Lynch School of Education (audrey.friedman@bc.edu). 

All courses for the College of Arts and Sciences Minor in Theatre and the Lynch School of Education Minor in Educational Theatre need to be chosen from the Theatre Department curriculum. Courses taken abroad, courses taken at other institutions, and Readings and Research/independent study courses will only count towards a Theatre Minor in rare and exceptional circumstances. 

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Mentoring and Advisement

The Theatre Department faculty places great emphasis on academic advisement and professional mentoring. We are committed to helping students design an academic program that stimulates their curiosity, supports their interests, and advances their abilities. In this interest, we encourage students to pursue professional internships and/or summer training programs that provide practical experience and help to clarify long-range goals. When arranged in advance, internships can earn academic credit and often lead to job offers after graduation. Junior and senior Theatre majors are guided and coached as they prepare for graduate study, advanced training, a full-time professional internship, or early-career job experience.

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The Theatre Department Production Program

The Theatre Department maintains an ambitious co-curricular production program that includes four faculty-or-guest directed Mainstage productions and two student-directed, student-designed Workshop productions per academic year. Casting is open to all students and based mainly on audition. The Theatre Department actively encourages students of color to audition for all productions and is firmly committed to a policy of non-traditional (or "color blind") casting, which means that race and ethnicity are not a factor when casting decisions are made. Opportunities abound for students who are interested in design, technical production, and stage management.

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Information Regarding Study Abroad

The Theatre Department has no formal affiliation with international programs that focus on theatre training or theatre study. Students who are considering study abroad are advised to meet with their advisor a full year in advance of their departure in order to plan their academic progress and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being off campus for a semester or more as an upperclassman. In general, students can receive credit towards the Theatre major (as appropriate) for no more than one course taken abroad. For more information, please contact the Department Chair.

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