In addition to the general major in Theatre Arts, the department offers three areas of specialization — Acting/Directing, Design/Technical Theatre, and Theatre Histories and 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. Theatre 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 course catalog. All courses are designed to contribute in various ways to department's learning goals and the College’s learning goals.

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 the program to fit particular interests and should work with a faculty advisor in choosing courses.

All majors must complete 9 courses (36 credits) with at least 12 credits at the 300 level, and production card. For detailed information, see the Theatre Arts chapter of the course catalog.

  • Intro to Theatre (100)
  • One course in design
  • Topics in Design (120)
  • Scenic Design I (122)
  • Costume Design I (124)
  • Lighting Design I (126)
  • Sound Design I  (128)
  • Topics in Design (220)
  • Scenic Design II (222)
  • Costume Design II (224)
  • Sound Design II (228)
  • Topics in Design (320)
  • One course in performance
  • Acting I (105)
  • Topics in Performance (115)
  • Acting II (205)
  • Topics in Performance (215)
  • Topics in Performance (315)
  • Histories of Performance I (251)
  • Histories of Performance II (252)
  • One course in dramatic literature (any department) or theatre seminar (350)
  • 12 credits of electives
  • 8 credits must be taken within the department
  • limit of 8 practicum credits accepted

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 catalog.

Teacher Licensure in Theatre

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" 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.