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  • Dramatic Arts (Minor)

  • Overview

    The Dramatic Arts minor is offered through the College of Performing Arts.

    The minor in Dramatic Arts provides a technique-driven liberal arts approach to the creative, historical, and aesthetic dimensions of theater arts. It fosters critical thinking and challenges the imagination through experiences with aesthetic inquiry, global theater history, collaborative theater practice (devised theater), Collaborative Research Studio (research methods and civic engagement), and participation in technique practice (theater electives).

    Students interested in the minor can simulate a worksheet that accounts for courses already completed and in progress using the "What If" feature in Degree Works.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


    Subject AreaSample CoursesCredits
    Global Theater HistoryTDRU 2111 Global Theater History: The Hero and the Highborn
    Global Theater History: The Common and the Community
    Aesthetic InquiryTDRU 2311 Aesthetic Inquiry: Toward Perception6
    Theater Electives*TDRU 2000 or 3000 level in Theater
    TDRU 3000 or 4000 level in design and film or video production
    Collaborative Research StudioTDRU 3705 CRS Methods: Arts Education
    TDRU 3706 CRS Methods: Media and Communication
    TDRU 3707 CRS Methods: Oral History
    TDRU 3721 CRS Methods: Fieldwork
    Collaborative TheaterCollaborative Theater Practices, various courses, TDRU 3600–36073

    *Course requires prerequisite or permission of instructor.

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:

    • The acquisition of a common vocabulary necessary to the discussion of plays
    • An expanded familiarity with the established canon of Western dramatic literature and the major examples of non-Western theater forms and texts
    • An understanding of the role of artist and audience
    • An ability to place the works in the context of other artists' work and artistic pursuits and of culture and society
    • An ability to engage in and develop analysis of the social, cultural, and political aspects of civically engaged work
    • The skills of conceptualizing and implementing high-quality research in a systematic manner, using qualitative research methods
    • The ability to reflect on the ideas and work of peers and verbally engage in a way that furthers the collaborative and creative process


    The Dramatic Arts minor requires an application for admission. For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Maggie Koozer, Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning,, 212.580.0210 x4824.

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    Declare or change a minor on in the Academics tab. Note that some minors require an application.

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