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Theatre and Interpretation Major, B.A.; B.A.A.; B.S.

B.A., B.A.A.B.S. degrees

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Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

Any student in good academic standing at CMU may declare a major in Theatre and Interpretation. Every student intending to major in Theatre and Interpretation must meet with an advisor to specify the course of study. A minimum 2.0 GPA (C) must be earned in the major.

Program Requirements

Core Courses I (18 hours)

TAI 170Oral Interpretation of Literature

3(3-0)

TAI 177Stagecraft and Stage Lighting

3(0-6)

TAI 180First-Year Theatre Seminar

2(2-0)

TAI 182Acting I

3(3-0)

TAI 278Stage Makeup

3(2-2)

TAI 280Script Analysis

3(3-0)

TAI 499Senior Capstone

1(1-0)

Note: TAI 170 also counts for UP Group I-B.

Core Courses II (3 hours)

Theatre History and Literature

Select 3 hours from the following:

 
TAI 574History of Drama and Theatre I

3(3-0)

TAI 575History of Drama and Theatre II

3(3-0)

Note: TAI 574 or 575 can be counted for elective options below but may only be counted once for this major.

Electives I (3 hours)

Theatre History and Literature

Select 3 hours from the following:

 
TAI 377Costuming I

3(3-0)

TAI 380Musical Theatre History

3(3-0)

TAI 399Theatre and the Holocaust

3(3-0)

TAI 569History of American Theatre

3(3-0)

TAI 574History of Drama and Theatre I

3(3-0)

TAI 575History of Drama and Theatre II

3(3-0)

TAI 583Women in the Contemporary American Theatre

3(3-0)

TAI 586WIPlaywriting

3(3-0)

TAI 588Contemporary Theatre

3(3-0)

Electives II (9 hours)

Intermediate Electives

Select 9 hours from the following:

 
TAI 178Special Topics in Theatre

3-9(Spec)

TAI 277Stage Management

3(3-0)

TAI 282Acting II

3(3-0)

TAI 300Improvisation

3(2-2)

TAI 302Voice and Diction

3(3-0)

TAI 352Music Theatre Scene Study

3(1-2)

TAI 371Readers Theatre

3(3-0)

TAI 373Oral Interpretation for Children

3(3-0)

TAI 376Interpretation of Drama

3(3-0)

TAI 377Costuming I

3(3-0)

TAI 378Stage Combat

3(2-2)

TAI 379Acting for the Camera

3(3-0)

TAI 380Musical Theatre History

3(3-0)

TAI 383Voice for the Actor

3(3-0)

TAI 384Movement for the Actor

3(3-0)

TAI 385Audition Techniques

3(3-0)

TAI 399Theatre and the Holocaust

3(3-0)

TAI 476Lighting Design

3-6(Spec)

TAI 477Scene Design

3-6(Spec)

TAI 478Theatre Management

3(3-0)

TAI 481Directing

3(3-0)

TAI 569History of American Theatre

3(3-0)

TAI 574History of Drama and Theatre I

3(3-0)

TAI 575History of Drama and Theatre II

3(3-0)

TAI 579Costume Design and Construction

3(3-0)

TAI 583Women in the Contemporary American Theatre

3(3-0)

TAI 585Creative Dramatics

3(2-2)

TAI 586WIPlaywriting

3(3-0)

TAI 588Contemporary Theatre

3(3-0)

Notes:

  • TAI 399 also counts for UP Group IV-B.
  • TAI 178, 476, 477 may only count for 3 credits (each).
 

Electives III (3 hours)

Advanced Electives

Select 3 hours from the following:

 
TAI 382Acting III

3(3-0)

TAI 452Music Theatre Performance

3(2-2)

TAI 518Advanced Make-up

3(2-2)

TAI 570Oral Interpretation of Prose Fiction

3(3-0)

TAI 571Oral Interpretation of Poetry

3(3-0)

TAI 573Seminar: Interpretative Reading

3(3-0)

TAI 577Special Topics in Technical Theatre

1-9(Spec)

TAI 578Special Topics in Theatre

1-9(Spec)

TAI 580Dramatic Theory and Criticism

3(3-0)

TAI 581Advanced Directing

3(3-0)

TAI 587Irish Theatre and Drama

3(3-0)

TAI 590Summer Repertory Theatre

3(3-0)

Electives IV (4 hours)

Theatre Studio Electives

Select 4 hours from the following. No course may be repeated for more than 2 hours.

 
TAI 305Studio: Acting/Performance

1-4(Spec)

TAI 306Studio: Directing

1-4(Spec)

TAI 307Studio: Movement

1-4(Spec)

TAI 308Studio: Script Creation

1-4(Spec)

TAI 309Studio: Stage Management

1-4(Spec)

TAI 310Studio: Sound

1-4(Spec)

TAI 311Studio: Properties

1-4(Spec)

TAI 312Studio: Scenery Construction and Rigging

1-4(Spec)

TAI 313Studio: Scenery Design

1-4(Spec)

TAI 314Studio: Lighting

1-4(Spec)

TAI 315Studio: Lighting Design

1-4(Spec)

TAI 316Studio: Technical Direction

1-4(Spec)

TAI 317Studio: Costuming

1-4(Spec)

TAI 318Studio: Wardrobe Management

1-4(Spec)

TAI 319Studio: Makeup

1-4(Spec)

TAI 320Studio: Theatre Management

1-4(Spec)

TAI 321Studio: Dramaturgy

1-4(Spec)

Electives V (3 hours)

Select 3 hours of TAI courses in consultation with an advisor. Courses can be chosen from electives above but may only count once on the major.

Total: 43 semester hours