Theatre at Aquinas College

Theatre Major (BA)

Major Requirements: 

Forty (40) - Forty-two (42) credit hours

  • TE130 Introduction to Theatre Design (AT) OR TE251 Stagecraft (AP)
  • TE141 Acting I
  • TE220 Contemporary World Theatre (AT, GP)
  • TE230 Theatre for Social Change (AT)
  • TE242 Script Analysis
  • TE244 Directing I
  • TE361 Theatre History I
  • TE362 Theatre History II
  • TE400 Theatre Capstone Project (SC)
  • Six (6) credits from: 
  • TE241 Acting II
  • TE254 Design Mentorship
  • TE344 Stage Directing II 
  • TE384 Theatre for Youth & Education 
  • TE420 Theatre Management 
  • Four (4) semester hours of Practicums (TE253 and/or TE341)
  • Six (6) semester hours of elective credits.  


  • TE130 Introduction to Theatre Design (3)

    Introduces the elements of design and interprets them theatrically: set, costume, and light design. Explores text interpretation and visual expression.

  • TE141 Acting I (3)

    Introduction to the technique of acting using theatre games, improvisation, text analysis, monologue and scene work, rehearsal etiquette and technique, and performance. Explores the release of tension and freeing the actor’s body and voice. Rehearsals outside of class are required. 

  • TE220 Contemporary World Theatre (3) AT. GP

    A survey course of globally significant plays, movements, performances and perspectives on live performance, including monoloquists, directors, devising teams and theorists from around the world. This course will also emphasize how global works--both Western and non-Western--have influenced the art form in the US and elsewhere. Readings and videos will come from multi-cultural America, English-speaking, Latino and European countries as well as Japan, China, India, Iceland, and Africa.

  • TE230 Theatre for Social Change (3) AT

    This course provides a survey of the types of theatrical approaches under this heading, including educational theatre and theatre for young audiences, performative techniques in social work and the public sector as well as the corporate sector, and the applied theatre with an emphasis on social justice. Students will be exposed to both practice and process type work in a variety of contexts, including marginalized groups, a variety of age demographics, prisons, institutions, and others. Students will also engage in praxis for building original work through ethnographic research and group devising. 

  • TE242 Script Analysis (3)

    Artistic approaches to analyzing and interpreting dramatic texts for the purposes of directors, actors and designers. Includes Aristotelian, structural, image-based, action-based and research-based modes of analysis.

  • TE244 Stage Directing I (3)

    Introduction to the art of directing focusing on composition, picturization, audition, staging, dramatic rhythm and pace, rehearsal technique and leadership qualities. The course culminates with student directed ten-minute plays. Rehearsals outside of class are required. Prerequisite: TE242 or consent of instructor. 

  • EH352/TE352 Script Writing (3) (AP) (WI)

    The writing of scripts for the stage and/or screen and the study of the elements of script writing. Prerequisite: EH210.

  • TE361 Theatre History I (3)

    Survey from Greek theatre to the closing of the theatres in Commonwealth England (1642). Designed to familiarize the student with various periods of theatre history, both the physical aspects and the genre of drama that evolved from each period. Readings of representative plays are required.

  • TE362 Theatre History II (3)

    A continuation of TE361; from Restoration England (1660) through contemporary. Readings of representative plays are required.

  • TE400 Theatre Capstone Project (Variable) SC

    This is the culmination of a student’s education demonstrated in a performative/creative project OR research project, developed in regular consultation with the Program Director
    and/or a designated project advisor.