Because Theatre Arts is an interdisciplinary art form, it contributes to many of the Earlham College general education requirements, including Earlham Seminars, Arts distributional requirement, Diversity-International, Diversity-Domestic, Writing Intensive and Research.
A strong liberal arts education is the best preparation for a career in theatre. Based on our experience, students carrying greater than a normal load (15 credits) should not be involved in a theatrical production. Plays take (1) a significant amount of physical time to rehearse and build, (2) complete dedication, commitment and passionate attachment to the production from start to finish, and (3) emotional and spiritual energy to create a production that truly captures the life of the characters and the hearts and minds of the audience.
Students spend their Senior year preparing and producing their senior projects which may be a theatrical production or a research project presented to the campus. Their project, submitted to the Theatre faculty as a proposal, should be approved by the end of their Junior year.
For the Major, students complete the following courses:
Integrated Pathways (IPs) can help you make direct connections between your academic interests and possible career paths. These programs are comprised of 4-6 courses as well as related extracurricular activities.