Theater Course Listings

A major and a minor in theater are available, as well as teacher certification in theater arts for grades 5-12. See also the minor in musical theater.

Major in theater

41-72 credit hours (core and one concentration area)

Core courses (23 credit hours)

  • Comm 204, Expository Writing 3
  • Comm 240, Communication Research 3
  • Thea 200, Theater Practice 2
  • Thea 225, Introduction to Theater 3
  • Thea 235, The Power of Story 3
  • Thea 387, History of Theater 3
  • Thea 409, Internship 3
  • Thea 410, Senior Seminar 3

Acting/Performance concentration (18 credit hours)

  • Thea 245, Aesthetics 3
  • Thea 334, Acting 3
  • Thea 338, Directing 3
  • Courses selected from the following, at least 3 credits upper level (300 and above) 9
    • Engl 306, Major Author: Shakespeare
    • Mus 240, Class Voice
    • Mus 262, 362, Opera Workshop
    • Thea 275, Acting Lessons
    • Thea 320, The Expressive Voice
    • Thea 350, Playwriting
    • Thea 355, Arts in London
    • Thea 388, Themes in Drama (repeatable)
    • Thea 412, Special Project
  • At least six semesters participation in theater productions NC

Design/Technical concentration (18 credit hours)

  • Thea 245, Aesthetics 3
  • Thea 332, Design for Theater 3
  • Thea 338, Directing 3
  • Courses selected from the following, at least 3 credit hours upper level (300 and above) 9
    • Art 107, Design
    • Art 242, History of Art II
    • Comm 212, Digital Media Production I
    • Comm 375, Animation
    • Thea 355, Arts in London
    • Thea 388, Themes in Drama (repeatable)
    • Thea 412, Special Project
  • At least six semesters participation in theater productions NC

Theater arts education concentration (50 credit hours)

  • Thea 245, Aesthetics 3
  • Thea 332, Design for Theater 3
  • Thea 334, Acting 3
  • Thea 338, Directing 3
  • Thea 350, Playwriting 3
  • One of the following: 3
    • Thea 388, Themes in Drama
    • Educ 330, Fine Arts for Children
  • Thea 412, Special Project 1
  • Secondary education courses 31

Film studies concentration (22 credit hours)

  • Comm 212, Digital Media Production 3
  • Comm 386, Film 3
  • CCCU Film Studies Program (see film production major) 16
  • At least four semesters participation in GCTV and/or theater NC

Generalist concentration (18 credit hours)

  • Any theater courses, with advisor’s approval 9
  • Upper level theater or related courses, with advisor’s approval 9
  • At least six semesters participation in theater productions NC

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in theater will:

  1. Develop an understanding of theater as collaborative and interdisciplinary.
  2. Demonstrate basic skills in effective oral, written and visual communication.
  3. Comprehend foundational concepts and practices in the theater discipline and develop fluency in one or more concentration areas.
  4. Develop a style of leadership that shows respect for others and models the college’s core values.
  5. Gain a clear understanding of how their work is perceived by others.
  6. Develop a clear sense of Christian ethics and standards in the theater field.
  7. Have a working understanding of available theater and related careers and avocations.
  8. Be prepared for graduate school.
  9. Serve the campus community and broader public through co-curricular involvement.

Planning guide

First year Goshen Core
Introduction to Theater
Theater Practice
The Power of Story
Second year Goshen Core
Expository Writing
History of Theater
Theater Practice
Comm Research
Courses in major
SST
Third year Goshen Core
Theater Practice
Upper-level courses in major
Fourth year Balance of Goshen Core
Balance of major
Senior Seminar
Internship

Planning and advising notes

Transfer students must have a minimum of nine hours of theater courses at Goshen College. The Thea 409/Internship should be in the student’s area of concentration. A senior recital and a portfolio or its equivalent are required for graduation.

A secondary teacher education program in theater arts for grades 5-12 is available. Students should elect the theater education concentration described above. The program requires 31 credits of education courses, including a semester of student teaching. The first education class, Educ 201, should be taken in May term of the first year or spring of the sophomore year. See the education catalog and web pages for more details about requirements.

Minor in theater

18 credit hours

  • Thea 225, Introduction to Theater 3
  • One of the following: 3
    • Thea 387, History of Theater
    • Thea 388, Themes in Drama
  • One of the following: 3
    • Thea 235, The Power of Story
    • Thea 334, Acting
  • Concentration in theater and related courses 9
  • At least four semesters participation in theater productions NC

Planning and advising notes

Concentration courses are selected in consultation with theater minor advisor. At least eight credit hours in the minor should be upper-level credit (300 and above). At least six credit hours must be taken at Goshen College. A faculty-approved and supervised theater recital (or its equivalent) is encouraged, but not required for theater minors.