The plan listed below is designed to provide suggestions for sequencing your major courses, but there are also other ways to sequence most majors. This plan is meant to provide aid in early, provisional planning. Please consult with your academic advisor to make strategic academic decisions about which courses to take each semester.

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Sample Four Year Plan: Theater (BA)

FALL - Semester 1

TRU 1XX: Self and Society Seminar
TRU 100: Truman Symposium
THEA 277: Acting I
COMM 170: Public Speaking
MATH as placed
Dialogues coursework
THEA 397-9: Theatre Practice

SPRING - Semester 2

THEA 275: Introduction to Theatre
THEA 276: Stage Makeup
THEA 278: Acting II
THEA 397-9: Theatre Practice
ENG 190: Writing as Critical Thinking
MATH as placed

FALL - Semester 3

THEA 371: Theatre History & Literature I
THEA 391: Stagecraft
THEA 395: Basic Costuming
THEA 397-9: Theatre Practice
STAT 190: Basic Statistics
Elementary Foreign Language

SPRING - Semester 4

THEA 372: Theatre History & Literature II
THEA 393: Stage Lighting
THEA 397-9: Theatre Practice
Elementary II Foreign Language
Dialogues coursework

FALL - Semester 5

THEA 373: Theatre History & Literature III
Theatre Elective(s)
THEA 397-9: Theatre Practice
Intermediate Foreign Language
JINS 3XX: Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar
Dialogues coursework

SPRING - Semester 6

THEA 491: Play Direction
Theatre Elective(s)
Intermediate II Foreign Language
Dialogues coursework
THEA 397-9: Theatre Practice

FALL - Semester 7

Theatre Elective
THEA 481:  Adv. Studies & Projects
THEA 397-9: Theatre Practice
THEA 495: Senior Theatre Seminar
Dialogues coursework

SPRING - Semester 8

THEA 397-9: Theatre Practice
Theatre Elective(s)
Dialogues coursework


Theatre elective options include:

THEA 359: Acting 3-Lyric Performance
THEA 3XX: Acting for Musical Theatre
THEA 374: Theatre History & Literature IV
THEA 3XX: Voice & Movement
THEA 420: Playwriting
THEA 480: Scene Design
THEA 478: Costume Design
THEA 481: Advanced Studies & Projects in Theatre
ENG  315: Studies in Shakespeare

Dialogues Curriculum: The Dialogues Curriculum requires a certain number of courses/credit hours in the following Perspectives: Social, Arts and Humanities, STEM, Communications, and Statistics. The exact number of courses a student will be required to take during their undergraduate career varies individually according to the credit transferred in.

Department Chair: Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence with any updates to the plan above.

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for certifying completion of degree requirements based on requirements specified in Truman's Official Catalog.

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