Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021

Drama (BS)

This is a liberal arts Drama major. Students will acquire an inter-disciplinary education while simultaneously developing competence in the history, literature, theory, and practice of theater, performance studies, and performance art. The program is especially designed to introduce students not only to traditional acting but to a broad range of performance practices and their many social and professional applications. These include the development of skills in collaboration, creativity, and self-presentation that are valuable in any profession. Students will have the opportunity to participate in faculty and student productions and, with faculty approval, to initiate their own performance/theater projects.

All courses will include both artistic and academic work. All courses require attendance at theater and performance events in Manhattan and Brooklyn. All prospective Drama majors should request an academic advisor from the Drama faculty, and should expect to work with this advisor to maintain a record of academic excellence.

General Education Requirements  42 credits 
Major Requirements  56-60 credits 
Electives  18-22 credits
Total Credits Required  120

Major Requirements

DRA 110Acting I(RNL)

4

DRA 140Theater Studies(RNL)

4

DRA 141Theater Production(RNL)

3

DRA 142Theater Production Lab(RNL)

1

DRA 210Acting II(RNL)

4

DRA 221Topics on Production(RNL)

4

DRA 241Theatrical Imagination(RLA)

4

DRA 305Fusions: Theatre and Identity in the 21st Century(RLA)

4

DRA 306Text/Performance/Adaptation(RLA)

4

AND

Two courses chosen from the following performance histories:

DRA 272Performance Histories (Ancient to Early Modern)(RLA)

4

DRA 273Performance Histories (1600-1900)(RLA)(TALA)

4

DRA 274Performance Histories (1901-Present)(RLA)

4

AND

Two courses chosen from the following foundational practices:

DRA 217Voice and Diction for Performance Communication(RNL)

4

DRA 218Movement for Theatre and Performance(RLA)

4

DRA 321Directing(RNL)

4

DRA 331Design for the Theater(RNL)

4

AND

Two courses chosen from the following specialized areas:

DRA 280Performance Industry Structure(RLA)

4

DRA 315Theater and Education(RLA)

4

DRA 350Theater for Social Action(RLA)

4

DRA 380Women in Performance(RLA)

4

AND

Foreign Language Requirement

ARB/ASL/CHN/FRN/ITL/SPNDemonstration of proficiency in a foreign language through the Intermediate level 213 or above

0-4

Total Credit Hours: 56-60

Total Credit Hours: 120

Honors

Students must have earned a GPA of 3.0 to gain permission to do a Junior or Senior Project. Students may enroll for these projects with the permission of the Drama Program and the agreement of the faculty who will be mentoring the project.