Nov 28, 2022  
2022 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL) 
    
2022 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL)

Course Descriptions


The figure in parentheses following the title of the course indicates the number of credit hours for that course. Courses with variable credit are shown with the range of credit available, for example (1 to 6).

The University reserves the right to cancel any course if enrollment does not warrant its continuance, and make changes in the curriculum at any time.

Please consult your advisor for any prerequisites.

Attention: For classes offered each semester please visit the Class Schedule. Questions regarding specific class offerings should be directed to the associated school office. 
 

Theatre

  
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    THE 115 - Introduction to Theatre (3)

    Examination of the various arts of theatre: playwriting, directing, acting, scene and costume design, as individual arts and as part of the composite art of theatre leading to a more perceptive critical view of theatre. Practical work in at least one stage production required.
  
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    THE 130 - Practicum in Theatre (1)

    Participation in dramatic productions. Students selected by the faculty. May be taken four times for credit. Prerequisite(s); if any: Permission of Instructor required.
  
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    THE 136 - Elements of Acting (3)

    This course teaches the fundamental principles of acting, including observation, imitation, script analysis, and character creation, using theatre games and other hands-on activities. Students work collaboratively to explore acting in multiple contexts, including scenework, improvisation, and simulation in cross-departmental collaborations with a variety of programs across campus.
  
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    THE 300 - Select Topics: Theatre (1 to 3)

    Specialized study in various topics in theatre. May be repeated provided topics are not the same.
  
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    THE 310 - The Black Experience in August Wilson’s Cycle Plays (3)

    August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, also called the Century Cycle, is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest achievements in American playwriting. Chronicling the Black experience through the 20th century in the U.S., the Pittsburgh Cycle consists of ten plays: one for each decade 1900-2000. This course examines the whole of the Pittsburgh cycle, critical and literary reviews of the plays, film adaptations, and the place of August Wilson’s momentous achievement in the history of American drama.
  
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    THE 315 - Puppetry I (3)

    The design, function, and manipulation of a variety of puppet forms for the purposes of education, therapy, cultural enrichment, and entertainment.
  
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    THE 316 - Puppetry II (3)

    Design, construct, and manipulate a hand and rod puppet for the purposes of education, therapy, cultural enrichment, and entertainment. Develop a performance with other students, including creating characters, costuming, script development, and basic staging.
  
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    THE 320 - Theatre for Social Justice (3)

    Through interviews and research, create a performance that addresses a social justice issue. May be repeated for credit if topics are not the same.
  
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    THE 333 - Production in the Theatre (3)

    The study of the technical disciplines of the theatre (scene design, lighting, costume design, etc.) in relationship to the entire production. Practical as well as theoretical work. A project will be required of each student.
  
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    THE 334 - Theatrical Design (3)

     

    This class will cover the analytical and practical skills required of theatrical designers in scenery, lighting and costumes. Students will learn skills necessary to create and communicate a theatrical design, implement design projects in each of these disciplines and then pick one design area to further explore in a final project. Pre or Co-requisite(s): THE 115 

  
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    THE 336 - Advanced Acting (3)

    Intensive study of character development and various acting methods. Prerequisite(s); if any: THE 136  or Permission of Instructor.
  
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    THE 340 - Theatre Workshop (1)

    Upper level practicum credit for advanced show involvement. Actors, technicians, playwrights and musicians who have already completed a semester of THE 130 and are ready for a step up in practicum responsibilities to add to their portfolio should take THE 340. May be repeated up to maximum of four credits. Prerequisite(s); if any: THE 130 
  
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    THE 347 - Scenic Painting (3)

    Overview of theatrical scenic painting including materials, safety, tools, faux textures, and trompe l’oeil. Prerequisite(s); if any: THE 333 .
  
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    THE 348 - Special Effects (3)

    Overview of special effects techniques in all design areas including mold-making, facial casts, safety considerations, working with fabric, electricity, paint and light. Prerequisite(s); if any: THE 115  or Permission of Instructor.
  
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    THE 365 - Black Feminisms Onstage (3)

    Through a deep look at scripts and manifestos written by Black women, this course explores the intellectual contributions of Black women to feminist theory and to stage representations of the Black female experience. Between the 20th and 21st centuries, Black feminist theories have moved from the margins to the center of intellectual discourse both in the academic field of identity studies and in the theatre. In this course, students will learn about this movement and its effects through an emotionally engaged exploration of works by Black feminist playwrights, the histories of the intertwined feminist and racial justice movements, and the links between representation and culture.
  
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    THE 375 - Literature of the Theatre (3)

    Forms of drama (tragedy, comedy, tragi-comedy, and others) from ancient Greece to the present. Same as ENG 375 . Prerequisite(s); if any: ENG 102 .
  
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    THE 385 - World Drama (3)

    Exploration of dramatic literature spanning global cultures.
  
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    THE 400 - Advanced Topics in Theatre (3)

    Advances study in various topics in theatre. May be repeated provided topics are not the same.
  
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    THE 441 - Directing in the Theatre (3)

    An exploration of the methods of directing a play, beginning with the analysis of the script and ending with the finished production. Each student will direct a short play as a term project. Prerequisite(s); if any: THE 115  and THE 136  or Permission of Instructor.
  
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    THE 455 - Theatre History I (3)

    Traces the development of the theatrical art from rituals and storytelling to the Renaissance. Emphasis on the theatre’s ties to social, political, and cultural trends. Prerequisite(s); if any: THE 115  or Permission of Instructor.
  
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    THE 456 - Theatre History II (3)

    Traces the development of the theatrical art from the Restoration to contemporary theatre. Emphasis on the theatre’s ties to social, political, and cultural trends. Prerequisite(s); if any: THE 115  or Permission of Instructor.
  
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    THE 457 - Theatres of the African Diaspora (3)

    Theatre has been practiced in Africa since before recorded history and taken a variety of performative forms: storytelling, masking, puppetry, music, and dance among them. This course introduces these traditional forms and traces their influence across the globe as they were spread and hybridized through the African diaspora. Studying not only traditional forms but also playscripts written by Africans and African-Americans in various countries, this course examines the lasting legacy of African performance across Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the U.S. Junior or Senior standing required.
  
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    THE 490 - Independent Study (1 to 6)

    Individually supervised research and study. Provides opportunity for students to engage in original research or to pursue scholarly investigations beyond the boundaries of established courses. Arranged by agreement between the student and the instructor, subject to approval of coordinator and division dean.