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.



11 Courses = 38 SH

Foundational Stages (5 Required/20 SH)

THTR 1101 Introduction to Theatre (4 SH)

THTR 1120 Acting 1 (4 SH)

THTR 1131 Technical Theatre 1 (4 SH)

THTR 1270 Introduction to Theatrical Design (4 SH)

THTR 2325 From Script to Stage (4 SH)*


Theatre Texts and Context (1 Required/4 SH)

Choose one:

THTR 2300 Theatre History: Greek Tragedy to Romanticism (4 SH)

THTR 2315 Rebels of Modern Drama (4 SH)

THTR 2320 Pioneers of American Theatre (4 SH)

THTR 2340 Theatre and Society (4 SH)


Making Theatre (3 Required/6 SH)

THTR 1100 Production Experience (1 SH)

THTR 2000 Production Experience (1 SH)

THTR 4702 Capstone Rehearsal & Production (4 SH)*


Intermediate or Advanced Technique (2 Required/8 SH)

Choose two:

THTR 2300 Theatre History: Greek Tragedy to Romanticism (4 SH)

THTR 2315 Rebels of Modern Drama (4 SH)

THTR 2310 History of Musical Theatre (4 SH)

THTR 2320 Pioneers of American Theatre (4 SH)

THTR 2330 Playwriting (4 SH)

THTR 2340 Theatre and Society (4 SH)

THTR 2342 Acting 2 (4 SH)

THTR 2345 Acting for Cameras (4 SH)

THTR 2346 Viewpoints (4 SH)

THTR 2347 Voice and Speech for the Actor (4 SH)

THTR 2360 Stage Makeup (4 SH)

THTR 2365 Technical Theatre 2 (4 SH)

THTR 2370 Lighting Design for the Stage (4 SH)

THTR 2380 Costume Design (4 SH)

THTR 2400 Scenic Design for the Stage (4 SH)

THTR 3450 Acting 3: Playing Shakespeare (4 SH)

THTR 3550 Directing for the Stage (4 SH)

THTR 3570 Musical Theatre Technique (4 SH)

THTR 3600 Production Design (4 SH)


*Two required writing intensives in major

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from Northeastern University with a degree in theatre will be able to:

  1. Apply a broad and deep knowledge of theatre as an art form to their work, including:
    • Foundational skills in performance, design, and production
    • Comprehensive understanding of theatre history, theory, and literature
    • Oral, visual, written expression of ideas with clarity and originality
  2. Make theatre with integrity 
    • Create or interpret a play
    • Collaborate generously
    • Apply a personalized technique to the process of making imaginative, innovative theatre
  3. Make informed choices as theatrical entrepreneurs through professional readiness
  4. Reflect on the cultural, social, and ethical impact and contributions that theatre has made to societies and communities