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Drama Program Requirements

The following program requirements are from the Clarke University 2012-2013 Academic Catalog and apply to students currently enrolled. The university reserves any right to change, without notice, any information posted on this Web page and in the catalog. For the most current information, please contact the Clarke University Registrar's Office at registrar@clarke.edu.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Drama, a student completes 37 hours including:

  • 24 hours of required courses:
    • DRMA 108 Oral Interpretation
    • DRMA 110 Production Techniques
    • DRMA 111 Stagecrafts
    • DRMA 203 Acting
    • DRMA 209 Voice and Diction
    • DRMA 310 Play Direction I
    • DRMA 319 History of Theatre I
    • DRMA 320 History of Theatre II
      
  • 6 hours of dramatic literature
  • 6 hours of drama/speech electives
  • DRMA 499 Drama Capstone

Students are encouraged to take HIST 101 Western Civilization I and HIST 102 Western Civilization II, and DRMA 243 Shakespeare I and DRMA 244 Shakespeare II. Those interested in set design are encouraged to take 18 hours of art courses, including ART 102 Drawing, ART 103 Design, ART 201 Life Drawing I, ART 106 Color Theory and an art history elective.

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Drama with a 7-12 Speech Communication/Theatre Endorsement, a student completes 45 hours including:

  • DRMA 103 Speech
  • DRMA 108 Oral Interpretation
  • DRMA 110 Production Techniques
  • DRMA 111 Stagecrafts
  • DRMA 203 Acting I
  • DRMA 209 Voice and Diction
  • DRMA 310 Play Direction
  • DRMA 319 History of Theatre I
  • DRMA 320 History of Theatre II
  • COMM 100 Mass Media and Society
  • SP 284 Argumentation/Debate (Loras)
  • Six hours of dramatic literature courses and six hours of drama electives

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

For a Minor in Drama, a student completes 20 hours in the following courses:

  • DRMA 108 Oral Interpretation
  • DRMA 110 Production Techniques
  • DRMA 111 Stagecrafts
  • DRMA 203 Acting I
  • DRMA 310 Play Direction I
  • 3 hours of drama literature
  • 2 hours DRMA 170 Theatre Practicum

Students who minor in drama are required to work on at least one production each semester for four semesters, two of which must be taken for credit (DRMA 170). 

A teaching major or concentration differs from the major and minor requirements listed above. Consult the department chair for teaching requirements. For completion of a minor, or second teaching area, in drama which includes the requirement for the 7-12 Speech Communication/Theatre Endorsement, a student completes 24 hours, including:

  • DRMA 103 Speech I
  • DRMA 108 Oral Interpretation
  • DRMA 203 Acting I
  • DRMA 209 Voice and Diction
  • DRMA 310 Play Direction
  • COMM100 Mass Media and Society
  • SP 284 Argumentation and Debate (Loras)
  • 3 hours of drama electives

APPLICATION TO MAJOR

Ordinarily, a student may apply for a major in drama/speech upon completion of DS 108 Oral Interpretation, DS 110 Production Techniques and one additional drama/speech course. In addition, the student must demonstrate satisfactory performance on production crews.

COMPUTER LITERACY REQUIREMENT

The computer requirement for drama majors is fulfilled by successfully completing the General Education Technology Proficiency assessment or designated courses.

RESEARCH REQUIREMENT

The research requirement for drama majors will be fulfilled by course requirements in DRMA 319-320 History of Theatre.

SENIOR PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENT

The senior performance requirement for drama majors is a one-hour seminar scheduled the first or second semester of senior year. The course objective is the synthesis of the student’s academic and production knowledge. Self evaluation and the setting of the student’s personal and professional goals are major components of the seminar. Consistent performance and crew work on major theater productions during the four-year period are also considered part of the senior performance requirement.

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