Drama majors typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major and Elective Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. Introduction to Drama (Drama 101)
  2. A foreign language
  3. A History or Math elective or a general education elective in a subject of your interest.

1 st Semester Courses

The first required class in the Drama program is "Theater I" (DR 101). This course examines how one can use language artistically to enhance human communication through live performance. Students focus on the creation of theatrical experiences through the structure and balance of a play’s components. These include text, performance, direction, design, and presentational space. The plays studied within the course address many social issues of contemporary society. Attendance of live theatrical performances is an integral part of the course structure. The course serves as an introduction for students new to dramatic studies and as a refresher course for those with prior knowledge of the subject, and it serves as a primer for the other required courses.

In addition to the Drama and Learning Community courses, the department recommends a language course and a course in history, math, or another general education subject of your interest. An understanding of history is critical in creating art for a contemporary audience. Math is essential for success in the modern world. A working knowledge of a foreign language, besides being a graduation requirement and a prerequisite for studying abroad, is also key to creating artistic work that speaks to the largest possible audience. Browse first-year course options.

And if you're curious about what awaits first-year Drama students after the fall, the major courses in the spring semester are "Theatre II" (DR 104) and "Acting I" (DR 206). Theatre II is a survey course of technical theatre practices and Acting I is an introductory acting course. Both classes prepare the first year student for subsequent classes in directing, production, performance, and history.

Finally, consider an elective course in Humanities or Literature from first-year course options.

Know which courses you want? Get registered.