Major & Minors

Theatre Major

To receive a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Boston College a student must complete a minimum of 11 courses and production labs in the following way:

  • Four required foundation courses:
    • THTR 1172: Dramatic Structure and Theatrical Process
    • THTR 1103: Acting I: Fundamentals of Performance
    • THTR 1130: Elements of Stagecraft
    • THTR 1140: Elements of Theatrical Design
  • Four classes (12 credits) from the following:
    • THTR 2275: History of Theater I AND/OR THTR 2285 History of Theater II
    • The remaining two or three classes from upper level Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theater History (3000-level or above)
      (For example, if you take two History of Theater courses you need two upper level courses. If you only take one of the History of Theater course, you need three upper level courses.)
  • Two (6 credits) upper level Performance and Production (3000-level or above).
  • Any one (3 credits) additional theater course 2000 level or above.
  • Six credits in production labs. Production Labs involve direct work on Theatre Department productions as a member of a preparation crew or backstage on a run crew. THTR1130 and THTR1140 already have a lab attached that count toward these six.

Theatre Minor

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:

  • THTR 1172: Dramatic Structure and Theatrical Process (or Introduction to Theatre, in special cases)
  • THTR 1101: Acting 1: Fundamentals of Performance
  • THTR 1130: Elements of Stagecraft OR THTR 1140: Elements of Theatrical Design
  • THTR 2275: History of Theatre I & OR THTR 2285: History of Theatre II
  • One upper-level Literature, Criticism, History course (3000 or higher)
  • One upper-level Production/Performance course (3000 or higher)
  • Three one-credit Production Labs (including at least one Prep Lab)

All courses for a Theatre Minor 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.

For Theatre department courses with limited enrollments, Theatre Minors will be given access to a course AFTER Theatre Majors but BEFORE non-majors/minors. Status as a Theatre minor may also be a factor in determining actors, designers, and stage managers for Theatre department productions.

Students who wish to declare a Theatre Minor should contact Luke Jorgensen, Acting Theatre Department Chair, indicating their interest and providing their Eagle ID number.

Questions about the Theatre Minor can be directed to Crystal Tiala.

Educational Theatre Minor

In conjunction with the Lynch School of Education, the Theatre Department offers an Educational Theatre Minor designed for LSOE students in Teacher Education and Applied Psychology and Human Development. This minor provides drama education and theatre training to students who hope to include theatre as a subject they teach and practice in school settings and/or who want to use creative dramatics and applied theatre techniques as teaching tools in other institutional settings. Research consistently affirms the impact of creative dramatics on students’ self-esteem, literacy achievement, overall stamina, and psychological health. Theatre techniques have also emerged as a successful intervention for students with moderate and severe special needs, thus complementing a special needs concentration. This minor is comprised of 6 courses and 2 labs for a total of 20 credits.

To declare an Educational Theatre minor, an LSOE student should contact their academic advisor. For questions about the minor, contact Luke Jorgensen in the Theatre Department.

Requirements

  1. Creative Dramatics
  2. Dramatic Structure and Theatrical Processes (fulfills CORE Requirement)
  3. Choose 1 of the following:
    • Theatre for Youth
    • Directing I
    • Composition and Performance Workshop
  4. Choose 1 of the following:
    • Acting I
    • Elements of Theatre Production I
  5. Choose 1 one of the following:
    • One Upper-Level (3300-level or above) course in Performance or Production
    • Elements of Theatre Production II (if you have taken Elements I)
  6. Choose 1 of the following:<
    • One Upper-Level (3300-level or above) in Literature/Criticism/History
    • History of Theatre I
    • History of Theatre II
  7. Choose 2, 1-credit labs.
    • One must be a Preparation Lab.
    • One must be a Run Crew Lab

Laboratories

  • Assistant Stage Manager
  • Run Crew
  • Prep Crew
  • Advanced Production Positions
  • Stage Manager
  • Costume, Lighting, Sound, and Set Designers

Dance Minor

The Dance Minor is beginning its 2-year pilot phase in Fall 2021. This minor is only open to 15 students per graduating class during this pilot phase. Only Dance Minors will be eligible for credits as a Department choreographer, performer, or dance captain.

Required courses

  • 2 Core Technique courses, options including
    • Beginning Ballet I-II
    • Contemporary Dance I-II
    • Dance for Musicals I-II
    • Jazz Dance I-II
  • 1 of the 2 following
    • Elements of Dance (also fulfills University Arts Core requirement)
    • History of Dance (to be offered Spring 2022)
  • As well as: ANY 1 intermediate/advanced technique course 3-6 credits as a Departmental dance captain, choreographer, or performer
     

Email luke.jorgensen@bc.edu for more information and to register for the Dance minor.