Graduate Minor in Theatre and Performance

The Minor in Theatre and Performance allows students in various fields in the arts and humanities to develop a supporting program in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts that will complement their graduate study. This concentration serves students who are investigating the heritage of drama and theatre in any of the literature and language fields. Likewise, some students who work in the interdisciplinary areas of medieval and renaissance studies, comparative studies, folklore studies, and African and African American studies benefit from a concentration in theatre and performance.

The minor requires a minimum of four courses and no less than 15 hours with no more than two 5000 level courses. A grade of B or better (or S when applicable) is required in each course comprising the minor. Students can select from courses offered by the graduate faculty in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts with a concentration on dramatic literature, theatre history and historiography, film and video studies, and the theories and criticism of drama and performance. These courses provide each student with a critical foundation in the scholarly methodologies that underlie research and analysis in the interconnected fields of theatre studies and performance studies.

Required course

Students must take Theatre 6701: Research Methods (3) if an equivalent course is not required in the student’s graduate program.


Students should complete the remaining credit hours to total 15 hours for the minor from the electives listed below. No more than two courses at the 5000 level can be counted for the minor.

  • THEATRE 5111: Advanced Stage Directing (3)
  • THEATRE 5771.01 The History and Practice of Devising Theatre (3)
  • THEATRE 5771.02 Theatre for Social Change (3)
  • THEATRE 5771.03 Out There Alone: The History of Solo Performance (3)
  • THEATRE 5771.04 American Voices (3)
  • THEATRE 5771.05 All Singing, All Dancing: The History of Musical Theatre (3)
  • THEATRE 5771.06 International Theatre and Performance (3)
  • THEATRE 5771.07 Crones, Curmudgeons, and Living Treasures - Theatre and Aging (3)
  • THEATRE 5771.08 The Practice of Theatre and Aging (3)
  • THEATRE 5771.09 Performance in Media: Film, Video and Digital (3)
  • THEATRE 5922S: Shakespeare and Autism (3)
  • THEATRE 6194 Group Studies (1-3)
  • THEATRE 7189 Field Work in Theatre, Cinema, or Video (1-12)
  • THEATRE 7701 Greek, Roman and Medieval Theatre and Performance: History, Literature and Theory (4)
  • THEATRE 7702 Early Modern to the Enlightenment: Theatre, Performance, Theory, Text (4)
  • THEATRE 7703 Mass Entertainment, Modernism and the Rise of Realism (4)
  • THEATRE 7704 Contemporary Theatre and Performance: Experimentation and New Media (4)
  • THEATRE 7899.01 Criticism and Theory (2-4)
  • THEATRE 7899.02 New Media and Performance (2-4)
  • THEATRE 7899.03 Dramatic Literature (2-4)
  • THEATRE 7899.04 Performance Studies (2-4)
  • THEATRE 7899.05 Physical and Devised Theatre (2-4)
  • THEATRE 7899.06 Playwriting (2-4)
  • THEATRE 7899.07 History (2-4)
  • THEATRE 8000.03 Advanced Studies: Video (1-5)
  • THEATRE 8000.07 Advanced Studies: Dramaturgy (1-5)
  • THEATRE 8000.09 Advanced Studies: General (1-5)
  • THEATRE 8000.17 Advanced Studies: Criticism (1-5)
  • THEATRE 8000.18 Advanced Studies: Directing (1-5)
  • THEATRE 8000.27 Advanced Studies: Theory (1-5)
  • THEATRE 8000.37 Advanced Studies: History (1-5)
  • THEATRE 8000.47 Advanced Studies: Playwriting (1-5)
  • THEATRE 8193 Individual Studies (1-3)
  • THEATRE 8798.01 Study Tour: Domestic (1-12)
  • THEATRE 8798.02 Study Tour: International (1-12)
  • THEATRE 8899 Workshops (1-12)
  • THEATRE 8990 Directed Teaching Experience in Theatre (1-3)
  • THEATRE 8995 Proseminar (1-3)


  1. In conjunction with their advisors, graduate students should determine the appropriateness of pursuing a graduate interdisciplinary specialization or graduate minor and how best to incorporate it into their program of study.
  2. Interested students should schedule a meeting with the Academic Program Coordinator to discuss their goals for the minor and department course offerings. The Program Coordinator may recommend an additional meeting with a faculty member close to the student's area of interest.
  3. Once a student has identified a list of courses to fulfill the minor requirements, they should submit a Minor and Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization form in GRADFORMS. The coordinator of the minor/GIS will be notified to review the application, and the student’s advisor will receive an email notice that the student submitted the form. Any changes to the approved coursework after this step has been completed must be approved by the minor program.
  4. Upon completion of the graduate minor program, the student must submit the Transcript Designation Request through GRADFORMS