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Major/Minor Requirements

Applicable for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Major

Theatre

Theatre majors must complete a minimum of 13.25 units for the major:

  • 6.25 units required from Principal Courses: TH105 Acting 1; TH110 Fundamentals of Performance Design; TH206 Directing; TH303 Junior Seminar; TH301 Senior Thesis Proposal (.25 unit); TH304 Advanced Performance; TH404 Senior Thesis Project.
  • Two units from Historical Perspectives: TH220 Origins of Theatre; TH221 Medieval and Renaissance Theatre; TH222 Neoclassic, Romantic, and Commedia del Arte; TH223 Modern Theatre; TH224 Contemporary Performance 1950–Present.
  • One unit from Intercultural Perspectives; TH229 Rewriting America.
  • One unit from Interdisciplinary Perspectives: TH326 Performance Studies; TH327 Feminist Performance; TH329 Queer Performance and Body Politics.
  • Two units of Electives: Choose from any Theatre or Dance Course.
  • .25 unit Acting in a Department production: TH212, 213, 214, or 215 Theatre Studio Work/Acting (.25 unit each).
  • .75 unit in Technical Theatre: choose from TH101 & TH102: Stagecraft (.25 unit) and/or TH212, 213, 214, 215 Theatre Studio Work/Technical (.25 unit each).

Outstanding work will be rewarded with distinction upon graduation. Please consult the online Handbook for Theatre and Dance Majors for further information on the major.  

Dance

Dance majors must complete a minimum of 13.25 units in the major:

  • 6.25 units required from Principal Courses: DA110: Fundamentals of Performance Design; DA211Choreography; DA221 Historical Perspectives in Dance; DA301 Senior Thesis Proposal (.25 units); DA303 Junior Seminar; DA304 Advanced Performance; DA404 Senior Thesis Project.
  • One unit from Intercultural Perspectives: DA311 Cultural Perspectives in Dance.
  • One unit from Interdisciplinary Perspectives: DA326 Performance Studies; DA327 Feminist Performance; DA329 Queer Performance and Body Politics.
  • Two units Elective: Two Block courses in Theatre or Dance or one block course + one unit of dance technique electives.   
  • Two units Required Dance Studio adjuncts: .5 units in Classical Forms: Ballet at the 200-400 level, DS221 Bharata Natyam, DS405 Graham Technique; .5 units in Somatic Practices: DS245 Pilates, Yoga, QiGong, Gyrotonics; .5 units in Contemporary Practices: Contemporary Dance Technique at 200-400 level, DS224 Improvisation; .5 units in Intercultural/Community-based Dance: DS218/19 African Dance, DS231/32 Hip-hop, DS320 Hip-hop II.
  • .25 unit of dance performance for DanSix:  DA425 or TH214.
  • .75 unit in Technical Theatre: Choose from DA/TH101, 102: Stagecraft (.25 unit) and/or DA212–215 Theatre Studio Work/Technical (.25 unit each).

Outstanding work will be rewarded with distinction upon graduation. Please consult the online Handbook for Theatre and Dance Majors for further information on the major.

Minor

Theatre

Theatre minors must complete a minimum of 6.25 units for the minor:

  • Two units required from Principal Courses: TH105 Acting 1; TH206 Directing.
  • One unit from Historical Perspectives: TH220 Origins of Theatre; TH221 Medieval and Renaissance Theatre; TH222 Neoclassic, Romantic, and Commedia del Arte; TH223 Modern Theatre: Realisms and Anti-Realisms; TH224 Contemporary Performance 1950-Present.
  • One unit from Intercultural or Interdisciplinary Perspectives: Th229 Rewriting America: Playwrights & Cultural Identity.
  • One Elective: at the 300 level in theatre and dance. See the online course schedule on Self-Service Banner to choose from our many course offerings
  • Theatre minors must complete an approved Junior or Senior Integrative Project: that is either appended to TH 303, TH 304, TH 326-329, or TH325 Project in Theatre.
  • .25 unit in Technical Theatre: choose from TH101 & TH102: Stagecraft (.25 unit) or TH212, 213, 214, 215 Theatre Studio Work/Technical (.25 unit each)

Note:

  • The department is affiliated with two thematic minors: Performance Design and The Arts: Theory and Practice.  Please see "Thematic Minors" in the catalog

Dance

Dance minors must complete a minimum of 6.5 units in the minor. 

  • One unit of required block courses: DA221 Choreography,
  • One unit of required Intercultural Perspectives: DA211 Historical Perspectives in Dance (recommended) or DA311 Cultural Perspectives in Dance.
  • Two units of Electives in Theatre and Dance
  • One unit of Technique Adjuncts: 1 unit completed in at least three out of four categories: Classical Forms:  Ballet at the 200-400 level, DS221 Bharata Natyam, DS405 Graham Technique; Somatic Practices: DS245 Pilates, Yoga, QiGong, Gyrontonics; Contemporary Practices: Contemporary Dance Technique at 200-400 level, DS224 Improvisation;  Intercultural/Community-based Dance: DS218/19 West African Dance, DS231/32 Hip-hop, DS320 Hip-hop II, 
  • 25 units in Technical Theatre: choose from TH101 & TH102 Stagecraft (.25 unit) or TH212, 213, 214, 215 Theatre Studio Work/Technical (.25 unit each). Technical theatre job requirements for the minor should ideally be completed before the final semester of the minor. 
  • One unit of 300-level elective or Integrative project: Dance minors must either complete 300-level dance elective or an approved integrative project in their junior or senior year (DA325 Projects in Dance)

Dance Adjunct Courses

Note: Dance technique classes at Colorado College are developed to satisfy a wide range of student interest and expertise.

Students who have never danced before will find that DS105 - DS107 Beginning Dance is an appropriate level for them. This class will provide an introduction to ballet and contemporary dance while simultaneously developing an awareness and appreciation for anatomically correct movement technique.

Improvisation classes are useful for students wishing to do work in choreography, or for students who are curious about spontaneous process. Improvisation welcomes music, art and creative writing students who would like to work with improvisational forms. 

Since students often come to Colorado College with more than a few years of dance training, we advise students to register for the class that they think is most appropriate to their level, with the understanding that the teacher may advise the student to change to a different class once the course begins.