Theatre

Associate of Arts Degree

You can earn an associate of arts degree with a concentration in theater. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 60 Credit Hours.


Recommended Core Courses

Core 27 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
THEA 1010 Introduction to Theatre
An introduction to the forms and functions of the dramatic arts within a historical perspective. Includes an introduction to basic theatre skills as well as an introduction to a range of dramatic literature.
3
ARTS 1050 Introduction to Art History and Criticism I
A survey of major works of art in all media from Prehistory through the end of the 14th Century. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
ARTS 1060 Introduction to Art History and Criticism II
A survey of major works of art in all media from the 14th Century to the present. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
THEA 1100 Theatre I
Techniques and study in acting, rehearsal, performance, and stage production.
1
THEA 1110 Theatre II
Continuation of THEA 1100.
1
THEA 1200 Play Production
This course informs students on the design and planning process necessary to produce a play. Included topics are light design and application, scenic design and application, sound design and application, and costume design and application. The course culminates in the production of the college's annual student play.
2
BRDC 1240 Voice and Diction
Learn how the voice works and how articulators are used in speech. Explore the voice-over industry and act with just your voice. Create character voices and tell stories so that your audience understands them better and can imagine the scene and characters clearly.
3
THEA 1340 Introduction to Acting
An introductory course on the art of acting, which lays the foundation for the acting process. This course introduces the student to methods for analyzing theatrical works, methods for developing physical and vocal techniques, ways to build a deeper awareness of character and characterization, and theories related to exploring techniques which help an actor prepare for performance.
3
THEA 2120 Theatre III
Continuation of THEA 1110.
1
SOCI 2150 Issues of Unity and Diversity
This course will help students increase awareness and sensitivity of commonalities and differences among people and acquire knowledge of minority group issues and challenges. The course will prepare students to more critically, actively, and effectively participate in an increasingly diverse and global society.
3
THEA 2150 Introduction to Directing
Introduction to various aspects of directing and staging techniques, including fundamentals of blocking, script analysis, and performance as they apply in theory, real-world examples, and practical application.
3

Core Option Courses

Theatre 1 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
THEA 1100 Theatre I
Techniques and study in acting, rehearsal, performance, and stage production.
1
THEA 1110 Theatre II
Continuation of THEA 1100.
1
THEA 2120 Theatre III
Continuation of THEA 1110.
1
THEA 2130 Theatre IV
Continuation of THEA 2120.
1

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to the basic principles of sociology including the study of culture, socialization, social structure, social institutions, investigative behavior, deviance, inequalities including race, ethnicity, stratification; demography, population, and theoretical perspectives.
3
PSYC 1810 Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to the science of behavior and mental processes including the application of critical thinking to the study of learning theory, memory, personality, growth and development, biological and neurological aspects, abnormal behavior, therapies, intelligence, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, and theoretical perspectives.
3

English / Literature 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1020 English Composition II
Students will read and analyze various texts and respond with research-based argumentative essays that demonstrate information literacy, critical-reading, and source integration. A significant research project is required.
3
ENGL 1520 Comparative Mythology
Introduces students to mythological and folkloric materials from a variety of cultural traditions, including, but not limited to, Greek, Roman, Norse, Native American, Aboriginal, Chinese, Japanese, East Indian, and Arthurian and Celtic. Themes within the course structure will encompass Creation myths, gods and goddesses, the Fall of Humankind, the Heroic ideal, the Afterlife, and rites of passage.
3
ENGL 2100 Introduction to Literature
This course introduces students to the major genres and conventions associated with literature. It includes fiction, poetry, drama and memoir. By employing critical reading and thinking skills and analytical and creative writing skills, students will understand literature more fully. The course exposes students to a range of authors representing a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
3
ENGL 2110 Introduction to Poetry
An introduction to mainly, but not limited to, American poetry from hearing and reading aloud and experiencing poetry as an art to be enjoyed. Course includes a wide variety of reading: traditional poets in American canon, avant-garde poetry, Midwest poetry as well as women's poetry.
3
THEA 2140 Introduction to Shakespeare
Focus is on an examination of the plays by William Shakespeare and the history that influenced the major themes of his canon. Students will study several of his plays from the three major divisions of his work as a playwright: the tragedies, history plays, and the comedies.
3
ENGL 2150 American Literature to 1865
Critical reading and evaluation of writers of prose and poetry from the colonial period to 1865. Emphasizes such writers as Edwards, Hawthorne, Melville, Longfellow, Emerson, Thoreau, and Native American writing.
3
ENGL 2160 American Literature after 1865
Covers American writers from 1865 to the present, such as Whitman, Twain, Frost, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Eliot.
3
ENGL 2200 British Literature to 1800
Study and comprehensive reading in English literature from 700-1800 following its development from Beowulf to the Romantic period with emphasis on poetry and essay forms.
3
ENGL 2200 British Literature to 1800
Study and comprehensive reading in English literature from 700-1800 following its development from Beowulf to the Romantic period with emphasis on poetry and essay forms.
3
ENGL 2210 British Literature after 1800
Study and comprehensive reading in English literature from the Romantic movement to the present day, including poetry and the essay with works by representative novelists.
3
ENGL 2720 Introduction to Literature of the Great Plains and the American West
The study, through written literature of fiction, nonfiction and poetry of the territory west of the Missouri River, especially that expanse called the Great Plains. Study would include both the early people and those who attempted to displace them.
3

Fine Arts & Language 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MUSC 1010 Introduction to Music
Study of the development of music and how it relates to the events of our past and present. All types of music included. Open registration.
3

Health Education 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HPER 1550 Lifetime Wellness
Designed to develop an understanding of the principles necessary for promoting lifetime wellness. Focus will be on a holistic approach to recognizing and evaluating oneself in order to improve one's own quality of life. Includes a study of critical issues which affect the individual, such as stress, nutrition, weight control, physical fitness, infectious and noninfectious diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, environmental health, and human sexuality.
3

History 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HIST 1050 World History I
A chronological study of world civilizations giving an overall view of contributions made by these civilizations from ancient times to 1715.
3
HIST 1060 World History II
A chronological study of world civilizations giving an overall view of contributions made by these civilizations from 1715 to the present day.
3

Mathematics 3-5 Credit Hours

select one from list or any other higher level of college math
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1100 Foundations of Mathematics
This course is designed to give the students a survey of mathematics topics including set theory, logic, geometry and dimensional analysis, financial calculations and management graph theory, probability and statistics. Main emphasis will be the application of problem solving methods while studying topics.
3
MATH 1140 Intermediate Algebra
Development of the real numbers as a working replacement set for equations and expressions. Main emphasis is placed on algebraic operations related to polynomials, rational expressions and equations, radical expressions and equations, exponential expressions, and logarithmic expressions. Concepts of relations and functions are introduced allowing for further study in math.
4

Natural Science 4 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIOS 1010 General Biology
Introduction to the major biological concepts: ecosystem dynamics, cell structure and function, cell division, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and genetics, as well as a variety of laboratory techniques.
4
PHYS 1100 Physical Science
Survey of chemistry, physics, and earth science. Designed to meet the requirements for general science with laboratory experiences.
4
PHYS 1130 Introductory Physics I
Study of principles and their application in mechanics, heat, and sound.
5
CHEM 1140 General Chemistry I
Study of general principles including atomic structure, nomenclature, reactions, and compounds.
5

Oral Communication 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Communication
This course stresses the correlation of effective communication common to interpersonal, small group, and public speaking contexts. Theory and application are incorporated into a variety of classroom activities. Students gain experience in public speaking through the delivery of informative, persuasive, and other various types of speeches.
3
SPCH 1110 Public Speaking
This course will enable students to master the skills required of speaking in today's workplace and society. This course will focus on the organization, preparation, research, and evidence needed for a presentation that is tailored to fit the audience. This course will also enhance the students' listening skills which will assist them in everyday situations.
3

Social Science 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
POLS 1000 American Government
A study of the functioning of the American political system through an analysis and application of its underlying theories.
3
GEOG 1020 World Regional Geography
Regional survey of world's political units and theoretical framework for understanding geographical phenomena and problems with emphasis on relationship of human activities and physical environment.
3
POLS 1600 International Relations
A survey of the actors, institutions, processes, and theories of international relations including a study of contemporary global issues.
3
ECON 2110 Principles of Macroeconomics
Introduction to the nature and concepts of economics. Topics include economic systems, measurement and analysis of aggregate variables such as national income, expenditures, fiscal and monetary policy, employment, and inflation. Other policies for macroeconomic stabilization and growth are evaluated.
3

Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

ENGL 1010 required - must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1010 English Composition I
Designed to develop writing skills. Students write papers and essays which emphasize the importance of clarity, idea development, focus, organization, word choice, logic and sentence construction. The process of planning, writing, revising, and editing essays for a particular audience and basic research-related skills are also emphasized.
3

Suggested Elective Courses

Electives 3-4 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 2050 Creating Stories I
Study of the fundamentals involved in the process of creating and developing stories as either fiction or creative non-fiction. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2030 Creating Poetry I
Study of the fundamentals involved in the process of creating and developing poetry, both formal and free verse. Includes feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2730 The Novel and the Movie
Readings in fiction and viewing of films based on or elaborating on that fiction with class discussions on the relationships between the fiction and the film. Written response to reading and viewing is expected.
3
ENGL 1020 English Composition II
Students will read and analyze various texts and respond with research-based argumentative essays that demonstrate information literacy, critical-reading, and source integration. A significant research project is required.
3
FREN 1200 Elementary French I
Introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of French.
4
FREN 1210 Elementary French II
Continuation of FREN1200 with more intense concentration on verbs and conversation.
4
HIST 2010 American History I
A survey of American History from the Age of Discovery through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, social, and technological issues that arise in the development of the American nation.
3
HIST 2020 American History II
A survey of American history from the end of the Civil War era to the present. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, social, and technological issues that arise in America’s development as a global power.
3
SPAN 1200 Elementary Spanish I
An introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of the Spanish language. Emphasis on the history and culture of the Spanish speaking world.
4
SPAN 1210 Elementary Spanish II
A continuation of the grammatical and conversational study of the Spanish language. Emphasis on reading Spanish at a literary level.
4
THEA 2130 Theatre IV
Continuation of THEA 2120.
1

Suggested Elective Courses

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