Majoring in Theater

Students who major in theater at Carleton may choose from an array of courses in production, theater literature, history and criticism. We believe our majors should have a foundation in all the major areas of the theater as well as, eventually, at least one area of expertise. The senior year comprehensive exercise is a project, usually a production, put together by the student according to his or her area of expertise. Comps may be individual productions involving non-majors or may be the product of collaboration between majors.

Our overall objective is to teach theater as a vital part of the liberal arts curriculum, and to prepare our students either to continue in theater or to succeed in the career of their choice.


Carleton theater majors must complete sixty-eight credits in four groups, participate in some capacity in two one-credit Players productions, and complete a six-credit integrative production exercise.

Note: any single course may satisfy only one requirement.

Sixty-eight credits distributed as follows:

A. 6 credits in theater history and theory

  • THEA 225 Theater History and Theory (Not offered in 2015-2016)

B. 6 credits of one of the following courses in design or technical theater:

  • THEA 115 Principles of Design (Not offered in 2015-2016)
  • THEA 229 Make-Up Design (Not offered in 2015-2016)
  • THEA 237 Scenic Design for the Performing Arts
  • THEA 238 Costume Design for Theater
  • THEA 239 Topics in Theater: Costume Design
  • THEA 320 Live Performance and Digital Media (Not offered in 2015-2016)

C. 18 credits from the following courses in practical theater:

D. 18 credits at the 300 level, at least six of which should be English 310 or Theater Arts 351 if possible (additional courses may be added to this group as approved):

  • THEA 312 Problems in Acting (Not offered in 2015-2016)
  • THEA 315 Creativity and Aesthetics (Not offered in 2015-2016)
  • THEA 320 Live Performance and Digital Media (Not offered in 2015-2016)
  • THEA 345 Devised Theater and Collective Creation
  • THEA 351 Women Playwrights and Women Roles
  • ENGL 310 Shakespeare II
  • GRK 351 Aristophanes (Not offered in 2014-2015)
  • RUSS 351 Chekhov (Not offered in 2015-2016)

E. 12 additional credits, in literature, criticism, or history courses from the following list:

  • CLAS 116 Ancient Drama: Truth in Performances (Not offered in 2015-2016)
  • ENGL 129 Introduction to British Comedy
  • ENGL 144 Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 213 Christopher Marlowe
  • ENGL 214 Revenge Tragedy
  • ENGL 244 Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 258 Contemporary American Playwrights of Color
  • ENGL 282 London Program: London Theater
  • THEA 226 Avant-garde Theater and Performance (Not offered in 2015-2016)
  • THEA 242 Twentieth Century American Drama (Not offered in 2015-2016)
  • THEA 351 Women Playwrights, Women Roles

F. 2 credits of THEA 190, Players Production

G. 6 credits of 400, Integrative Exercise