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Theatre Arts M.A.

Theatre Arts & Dance Dept
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, 580 Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-6699; fax: 612-625-6334)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 30 to 40
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Arts
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The University of Minnesota offers a unique graduate program drawing from the varied research expertise of its core faculty. Together, the faculty is committed to the study of theatre and performance as practices of social, cultural, and political consequence. The department's work in theatre historiography and performance criticism examines the stakes of acts of representation, movement, and meaning-production both within and without the discipline of theatre. The curriculum of this program trains students to be rigorous scholars and expert teachers of theatre and performance studies at the college level.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 24 major credits, 6 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 24 major credits and 6 credits outside the major. The final exam is written.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
The MA degree emphasizes academic pursuits and is considered a prerequisite for the PhD. The areas of study for the MA are devised in collaboration with a faculty advisor, and demand original and challenging research in the fields of theatre historiography or performance criticism. There is an 8 credit limit on practical/performance courses for program credit.
Field Seminars
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 8111 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: Ancient World and Early Medieval (3.0 cr)
· TH 8112 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: Medieval Through Renaissance (3.0 cr)
· TH 8113 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: National Theatres to the French Revolution (3.0 cr)
· TH 8114 - Theatre: Performance and Political Modernity (3.0 cr)
· TH 8115 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: 20th Century Through World War II (3.0 cr)
· TH 8116 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: 20th Century From 1945 to the Present (3.0 cr)
Signature Seminars
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 8120 - Seminar (3.0 cr)
· TH 5117 - Performance and Social Change (3.0 cr)
Historiography Seminars
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 8102 - Theatre Historiography (3.0 cr)
Professionalization
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 8590 - Theatre Technology Practicum (1.0-3.0 cr)
Electives
Take 6 credits in elective coursework either in our outside the department.
Outside Coursework
Take 6 credits outside the major.
Plan Options
Plan A
Thesis Credits
Take 10 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
-OR-
Plan B
Consult with the advisor and director of Graduate Studies regarding the required Plan B paper(s).
 
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TH 8111 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: Ancient World and Early Medieval
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
History, theories, arts, and crafts of western theatre from the ancient world to the present.
TH 8112 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: Medieval Through Renaissance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
History, theories, arts, and crafts of western theatre from the ancient world to the present.
TH 8113 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: National Theatres to the French Revolution
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
History, theories, arts, and crafts of western theatre from the ancient world to the present.
TH 8114 - Theatre: Performance and Political Modernity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
History, theories, arts, and crafts of western theatre from the ancient world to the present.
TH 8115 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: 20th Century Through World War II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
History, theories, arts, and crafts of western theatre from the ancient world to the present.
TH 8116 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: 20th Century From 1945 to the Present
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
History, theories, arts, and crafts of western theatre from the ancient world to the present.
TH 8120 - Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Selected research topics from various theatre fields and periods. Sample topics: Border Crossings--Theatre History and Representation; The Theatre and Drama of the Third Reich, 1927-1944.
TH 5117 - Performance and Social Change
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Reading, writing, research, presentations and workshops explore activist performance projects. Theories of social formation and ideology provide framework to discuss/animate theater's potential for social change. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student
TH 8102 - Theatre Historiography
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Current trends in historiography; research strategies and methods.
TH 8590 - Theatre Technology Practicum
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 20.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual creative projects in the technology or craft of costume, lighting, makeup, props, scenery, sound, or theatre management. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
TH 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]