In addition to the general major in theater arts, the department offers three areas of specialization — acting/directing, design/technical theater, and theater histories/theory — facilitating the choice of path best suited to student interests and career goals. The department encourages interdisciplinary work, linking the study of and work in performance to other fields, ranging from English through psychology and education, to dance, anthropology, film studies, music, and gender studies, among others. Theater arts students enjoy the advantage of Five College department offerings and productions—an expansive range of opportunities in coursework and practical experience.  

For detailed information, see the Theatre Arts chapter of the Bulletin and Course catalog. All courses are designed to contribute in various ways to department's learning goals and the College’s learning goals.

Theater arts major

At Mount Holyoke, students who major in theater arts are expected to acquire a foundation in three areas: design, performance (acting and directing), and theatre history and dramatic theory. Beyond that, a major is free to tailor the program to fit particular interests and should work with a faculty advisor in choosing courses.

All majors must complete a minimum of 38 credits. For detailed information, see the Theatre Arts chapter of the course catalog.


Introduction to Theatre


Acting I


Scene Design I

or THEAT-124

Costume Design I

or THEAT-127

Intro to Lighting and Sound Design

or THEAT-180

Introduction to Technical Theatre

or THEAT-120CC

Topics in Design: 'Costume Construction'


Histories of Performance I


Histories of Performance II


Career Preparation Seminar 1



Three additional 4-credit courses, above the 100 level, in an Area of Concentration chosen by the student 2

In completing all of the above, at least 12 credits must be completed at the 300 level

Theater arts minor

The minor requires a minimum of 20 credits: 100 Introduction to Theatre, at least one course at the 300 level, and an additional 12 credits at the 200 or 300 level. For more information, see the Theatre Arts chapter of the course catalog.

Teacher licensure in theater

Students interested in pursuing licensure in the field of theater can combine their coursework in theater arts with a minor in education.  In some instances, course work in the major coincides with course work required for licensure; in other cases, it does not.  For specific course requirements for licensure within the major of theater arts, please consult your advisor or the Chair of the theater arts department.

For information about the requirements for the minor in Education, please consult "Teacher Licensure" and Ms. Lawrence in the Psychology and Education department. Licensure also requires a formal application as well as passing scores on the Massachusetts Test of Educator Licensure (MTEL) in both the literacy component and the subject matter component.  Licensure application information and materials and Copies of the test objectives for the MTEL are available in the Department of Psychology and Education.