Requirements

Theater and Dance Major

The major consists of ten-and-a-half credits (eleven-and-a-half if a student pursues honors).

Required Courses
THTR 1500The Art of Performance1
THTR 1700Performance in Production (one-half credit).5
THTR 1750Technical Production (one-half credit).5
THTR 4040Studio1
THTR 4041Studio (one-half credit).5
Select a concentration:
Theater Concentration
Dance Concentration
Interdisciplinary Performance Concentration

Theater Concentration

Required Courses
Two introductory theater courses (1000–1049 or 1100–1399)2
One dramatic literature course (THTR 1501–1599, 1800–1899, 2500–2599, 2800–2899, 3500–3599; ENGL 1115, 2015)1
One history/theory course (THTR 1501–1599, 2500–2599, 3500–3599)1
One intermediate theater course (2000–2999)1
One advanced theater course (3000–3999)1
One elective course (THTR 2XXX, DANC 2XXX) a1

Dance Concentration

Required Courses
Two full credits of introductory dance courses (1100–1299)2
One history/theory course (DANC 15XX, THTR 2500–2599)1
One full credit of intermediate dance course (2000–2499)1
One full credit of advanced dance course (3000–3999)1
Two full credits of electives, including any theater or dance course at the 2000 level or above, or by a course outside the department by permission of advisor 2

Interdisciplinary Performance Concentration

Required Courses
Two full credits of introductory performance courses (one from each discipline) (DANC 1100–1299 and THTR 1000–1049 or 1100–1399) 2
One dramatic literature course (THTR 1501–1599, 1800–1899, 2500–2599, 2800–2899, 3500–3599; ENGL 1115, ENGL 2015)1
One history/theory course (DANC 1501–1599, THTR 1501–1599, 2500–2599, 3500–3599)1
One full credit of intermediate performance course (DANC 2000–2999, THTR 2000–2999) b1
One full credit of advanced performance course (DANC 3000–3999, THTR 3000–3999) b1
One elective course of any theater or dance course at the 2000 level or above, or by a course outside the department by permission of advisor1

Theater Minor

The minor consists of five credits to include the following required courses:

One course at the 1000 level (1000–1049, 1100–1399, 1501–1599)
One course in history or theory (THTR 1501–1599, 2500–2599, 3500–3599)
Three additional courses, including at least two taken at the 2000 level or above c

Dance Minor

The minor consists of five credits to include the following required courses:

Select one creative process course:1
DANC 1101
Making Dances
DANC 1102
Cultural Choreographies: An Introduction to Dance
DANC 1104
Dance Improvisation: Practices, Forms, and Structures
DANC 2401
Choreography for Dancers: Improvisation and Invention
One course in history or theory (DANC 1501–1599; THTR 1501–1599, 2500–2599, 3500–3599)1
Select one full credit of studio technique courses1
DANC 1211
Introduction to Modern Dance
DANC 2211
Modern Dance II: Technique
DANC 2221
Intermediate Ballet and Beyond
DANC 2241
Afro-Modern II: Technique
DANC 3221
Modern IV: Technique
Select one full credit of repertory and performance courses:1
DANC 1212
Modern I: Repertory and Performance
DANC 2212
Modern II: Repertory and Performance
DANC 3212
Advanced Repertory and Performance
DANC 3222
Modern IV: Repertory and Performance
One elective (DANC 1000–3999)1

Interdisciplinary Major

The department participates in an interdisciplinary major in English and theater. See the Interdisciplinary Majors.

Additional Information and Department Policies

  • Students must earn a grade of CR (Credit) or C- or better to have a course count toward their major or minors.
  • Students may not count more than one full credit from courses graded Credit/D/ Fail, including those offered only on a Credit/D/Fail basis.
  • Students may be able to repeat half-credit courses in theater and dance; please refer to repeat limits on individual courses for more information.
  • Typically, one course taken at another college or university may count toward the major or minors with departmental approval. No more than one course taken outside the department may be counted toward the major or minors, except by advance departmental permission.
  • One course cannot fulfill more than one requirement for the major or minors.
  • One first-year seminar can count toward the major and minors.
  • One credit of independent study can count toward the major or either minor.
  • No credit is given for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate.

This is an excerpt from the official Bowdoin College Catalogue and Academic Handbook. View the Catalogue