Theatre and Arts Entrepreneurship Minors

The Theatre minor is a broad look at all aspects of theatre. Students do not declare the minor until their third year, but they should make an appointment with the minor advisor at the beginning of their freshman year to create a strategy to complete the requirements.

Due to the nature of rotating topics, class cycles, and available space, the Theatre minor is a flexible program that allows for many courses to counted toward completion of the program. The minor advisor works with each student to craft a strategy that complements their interests.

Students must take a minimum of 18 credits, with 6 credits in 400-level classes. Minors are not eligible to take classes that are restricted to majors only and there is no guarantee that minors will be able to complete the requirements, given such factors as schedule conflicts and course offering availability.

The basic requirements of the Theatre minor are listed below. Please note that students should not choose classes without speaking with the theatre minor advisor to ascertain the possibility of substitution.

Play Analysis (3 credits): Several courses fulfill this requirement

Theatre Survey (3 credits): THEA 100

Production (3 credits): Students choose from introductory courses in sound and light; scenic and costume design; design; make-up, stage crew.

Theatre History (3 credits): Courses that fulfill this class include Women in Theatre, History of Fashion, African-American Theatre, History of American Musical Theatre

Supporting Courses (6 credits): Students may choose any THEATRE, DANCE, or VOICE classes that are open to non-majors. It is possible to explore courses in other departments that emphasize study or skills that are pertinent to theatre.

For more information please schedule an appointment with Margaret Higgins through or email


The College of Arts and Architecture also offers a minor in Arts Entrepreneurship.


Learning the business side of the arts will empower you to create an exciting and fulfilling career in the arts based on who you are, what interests you, and your natural talents and gifts. The Arts Entrepreneurship program is designed to help you create the future you want, by empowering you with entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to help you make a living as an artist.
Use arts products and services to create, communicate and deliver a variety of forms of value – such as aesthetic, social, and/or cultural – and capture value in the form of achieving an organizational mission and/or making a profit.  Artists and designers can provide value to society through free-lance, non-profit, for profit, leadership, and/or social entrepreneurship ventures.

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