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
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.