The Theatre Arts Major and Minor

The Theatre Arts Major

At Mount Holyoke, students who major in theatre 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 her program to fit her particular interests and should work with her faculty advisor in choosing courses.

The major requires a minimum of 8 courses (32 credits). For detailed information, see the Theatre Arts chapter of the course catalogue.

The Theatre Arts Minor

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credits (four courses) above the 100 level, and should include at least one 300-level course. For more information, see the Theatre Arts chapter of the course catalogue.

The Theatre Licensure

Students interested in pursuing licensure in the field of theatre can combine their course work in theatre 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 Theatre Arts, please consult your advisor or the Chair of the Theatre Arts department.

For information about the requirements for the minor in Education, please consult "Teacher Licensure" in the Other Degree and Certificate Programs chapter 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.