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The Theatre Studies minor is a great way for undergraduate students who study in DePaul colleges other than The Theatre School to engage and explore their interest in theatre through a broad range of theatre coursework. Almost all DePaul students are eligible to declare this minor; only Theatre School students (those pursuing a major within The Theatre School) are not eligible to declare a minor in Theatre Studies.
Students interested in pursuing the Theatre Studies Minor must first be enrolled at DePaul University. Students should contact The Theatre School Associate Dean’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 325-4786 to enroll in the minor. There is no special admissions process for declaring the Theatre Studies minor, which means you can add this minor onto your degree plan at any time.
The biggest difference between a major and a minor is the number of classes you are required to take. But there are also differences in flexibility, scope, and intensity. The Theatre Studies minor is flexible, broad, and only takes a couple of classes to complete. Students who are pursuing the minor will study a variety of topics within the realm of theatre and will have the ability to take theatre classes in the order that works best for their schedule and around their existing major. The majors offered at The Theatre School, on the other hand, are very focused on a single area of theatre and are highly structured four year programs. There are also differences in the types of productions theatre majors vs. theatre minors have access to, as many of the productions put on by The Theatre School are actually coursework that is part of a major's degree requirements. (And therefore many Theatre School shows are not open to non-majors.)
Theatre Studies minors can get involved in a wide variety of student-run theatre and arts opportunities! There are many Depaul student organizations that can provide opportunities to act, do improv, sing, design, write, and more. Students also have the opportunity to propose their own projects through existing groups or start new groups to create space for new interests. The Theatre School mainstage productions are only open to students pursuing theatre majors; mainstage productions are actually coursework that is built in (and required) as part of each theatre major's degree plan and students get involved in ways directly related to their path of study.
The Theatre School offers a minor as a way for DePaul University students in other colleges to engage and explore their interest in the theatre through a broad range of theatre coursework. Theatre School students are not eligible to declare a minor in Theatre Studies.
A minor in Theatre Studies requires the completion of 24 Theatre School credits of the student's choosing, based on the list below. Students from outside The Theatre School may take the following classes at their home college tuition rate:
All courses are offered on an as needed basis. On occasion, Theatre Studies minors may take Theatre Studies (THE) classes not listed above.1 Availability of those courses is dependent on space available in the class, completion of appropriate prerequisites and permission of the instructor, which the student must obtain in order to enroll. Classes in the acting program (PRF) are not open to students pursuing a minor.
Students pursuing a minor who are approved to take Theatre School courses not on this list will be charged the part-time, per-credit Theatre School tuition rate for those classes.
If approved by instructor, any Theatre Studies (THE) course may be applied towards completion of the minor.
The majors offered through The Theatre School are all Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programs, which means they require more credit hours and have far more specific, structured requirements than most college majors do. They also have a different admissions process than the rest of DePaul University.
Not every students needs or wants to devote a majority of their four years in college to intensive theatre practive... and that's where the Theatre Studies minor comes in!The Theatre Studies minor can be declared by any student at DePaul (except those already pursuing one the theatre majors.)
There's no special application or admissions process for the Theatre Studies minor - it's as simple as adding it to your degree plan once you're already at DePaul! Any student who is interested in adding the Theatre Studies minor should contact The Theatre School Associate Dean’s office at email@example.com or (773) 325-4786. They'll help you get started!
While you won't be able to get involved in many of the productions done through/by The Theatre School (most of our productions are actually classes that are only open to students in a theatre major) there are still plenty of ways to get involved in art, performance, and productions as a DePaul University student.