Theater Minor

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Theater Minor

Utilizing an imaginatively designed Theater Minor, our program is structured to allow students who are deeply planted in other majors at Wheaton to add “theater-making” to their skill-set. At Arena you will grow as an artist, creative problem-solver, and collaborator. You will also have opportunities to try things that might seem scary. All of this will better equip you for whatever you pursue after college. 

Our theater minor offers classes in Acting, Design, Directing, Church and Theater and Theater and Culture. Through your work on production crews you will gain practical skills as well.  

The Theater Minor requires an additional 20 hours in Theater courses. All courses are four-hour courses unless noted.

A theater minor would complete a 14-hour core from the following classes.

  • COMM 172 Theater Practicum (1) (must be repeated to provide 2 hours credit toward the minor)
  • COMM 271 Theater Survey
  • COMM 273 Acting I 
  • COMM 272 Scenography or
  • COMM 374 Directing

Students may select the additional six hours from these courses.

  • ENGL  112  Comedy and Tragedy
  • COMM 171  Intro to Acting (2)
  • COMM 272  Scenography
  • COMM 275  Musical Theater London (2)
  • COMM 374  Directing
  • COMM 375  European Theater Studies (2)
  • COMM 376  Church and Theater
  • COMM 473  Acting II (May be repeated as Acting II: Shakespeare)
  • COMM 474  Special Topics in Theater
  • COMM 476  Theater and Culture
  • COMM 496  Internship (2)

Communications Major with a Theater Concentration 

An option offered by the Communications department is the Communication Major with a Theater ConcentrationThis option enables students to investigate their own embodied stories and the stories of others, with the aim of devising means to effectively share those stories with a larger community. More information can be found here. 

Theater Courses

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