A half-major in the­atre com­bined with another half-major in a com­ple­men­tary field allows per­form­ing arts stu­dents to develop the crit­i­cal skills needed to dis­cover, to inter­pret, and to eval­u­ate social ideas before they con­sider how to cre­atively trans­late crit­i­cal thoughts into effec­tive images on stage. Sim­i­larly, stu­dents whose major resides in media, screen stud­ies, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies, visual arts, music, archi­tec­ture as well as the sci­ences, his­tory, soci­ol­ogy, psy­chol­ogy, cul­tural stud­ies, human ser­vices, and so on will find the­atre stud­ies courses and activ­i­ties help­ful as they work across the cur­ricu­lum with the intent to develop a crit­i­cal frame­work and a set of skills that enrich their under­stand­ing of the human con­di­tion through inter­pret­ing and cre­at­ing stage-worthy images.

For more infor­ma­tion about NU Core require­ments, course descrip­tions, and addi­tional infor­ma­tion see the North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity cat­a­log, main­tained by the Registrar.


To com­plete a Half-Major in The­atre, stu­dents take 9 courses:

  • 5 at an intro­duc­tory level
  • 4 at an inter­me­di­ate or advanced level

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from Northeastern University with a major or combined major in Theatre incorporate a liberal arts education with the study of Theatre. Graduating NU Theatre students acquire competencies in the following areas.

History, Theory, and Literature: Demonstrate knowledge of theatre history, dramatic literature and theory within diverse cultural, social, moral, interdisciplinary, and contemporary contexts.

Creative Praxis (Synthesizing Theory with Practice): Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret play scripts and transfer that understanding into making skillful imaginative and innovative theatrical events in one or more areas of concentrations (acting, directing, design, dramaturgy, technology, playwriting, stage management, and administration).

Aesthetic Intelligence: Demonstrate the capability to critically analyze, research, evaluate, and effectively articulate a wide-range of theoretical ideas, performance methods, production practices, and personal viewpoints through oral and written expression.

Experiential Application: Demonstrate the capacity to apply acquired knowledge and skills in national and international co-op experiences, internship opportunities, and other practical applications.

Professionalism: Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in creating theatre that involves professional discipline, organization, standards, and criteria.