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B.A. Drama & Theatre

Drama & Theatre Admissions Criteria
Undergraduate admission to Norfolk State University qualifies any student to enroll in the B.A. in Drama & Theatre program.

Degree seeking candidates who would like to be considered for scholarship must interview and audition or submit a portfolio.  More information is available under the "Scholarship Opportunities" tab in the navigation menu on the left.


About the Curriculum
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama & Theatre requires 120 semester credit hours and designed to provide students with comprehensive training in drama and theatre. The curriculum offers two areas of emphasis in design & technology and performance.  These areas of emphases provide students with concentrated training in the area selected. The program also offers 18 hours of unrestricted electives to permit the student to receive a true liberal arts education.

Students may use the unrestricted elective hours to satisfy the requirements of an available minor in another academic discipline. Completion of a minor is optional, may require more than 18 hours and is not required for degree completion.

Minors are offered in Accounting, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Fine Arts, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Military Science, Mass Communications/ Journalism, Music, Physics, Political Science, and Sociology.

The complete Bachelor of Arts in Drama & Theatre curriculum can be reviewed below:

NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

General Education Requirements occupy 40 of the degree program's required 120 semester credit hours and must be completed by all undergraduate students at the University.

COMMUNICATIONS (9 HOURS):

► ENG 101 - Communication Skills I - 3 hours
► ENG 102 - Communication Skills II - 3 hours
► SCM 285 - Principles of Speech - 3 hours

DIGITAL, COMPUTER & TELECOMMUNICATIONS
(3 HOURS):

► CSC 150 - Computer Literacy - 3 hours

HEALTH & PHYSICAL SCIENCES (3 HOURS):

► PED 100 - Fundamentals of Fitness for Life - 1 hour
► HED 100 - Personal & Community Health - 2 hours

HUMANITIES (3 HOURS):

Choose one of the following:
     ENG 207 - Literature for the Western World - 3 hours
     FIA 201 - Basic Art Appreciation - 3 hours
     MUS 301 - Music Appreciation - 3 hours

MATHEMATICS (3 HOURS):

► MTH 103 - Mathematics in General Education - 3 hours

NATURAL SCIENCES (7 HOURS):

► BIO 100 - Biological Science - 3 hours
► SCI 101 - Introduction to Physical Science - 3 hours

Choose one of the following:
     BIO 100L - Biological Science Lab - 1 hour
     SCI 101L - Physical Science Lab - 1 hour

SPARTAN SEMINAR (3 HOURS):

► SEM 101 - Spartan Seminar I - 1 hour
► SEM 102 - Spartan Seminar II - 1 hour
► SEM 201 - Spartan Seminar III - 1 hour

SOCIAL SCIENCES (3 HOURS):

Choose one of the following:
     SOC 101 - Introduction to Social Sciences - 3 hours
     HIS 101 - History of World Societies, Part II - 3 hours
     HIS 103 - US History 1865 to Present - 3 hours
     BUS 175 - Intro to Business & Entrepreneurship - 3 hours
     ECN 200 - Basic Principles of Economics - 3 hours

CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES (6 HOURS):

►►Choose two of the following:
     ENG 383 - African American Literature - 3 hours
     MUS 234 - African American Music - 3 hours
     HIS 335 - African American History, Part I - 3 hours
     HIS 336 - African American History, Part II - 3 hours
     HIS 371 - African History & Culture - 3 hours
     HRP 320 - African Amercian Health - 3 hours

DRAMA & THEATRE CORE REQUIREMENTS

Drama & Theatre Core Requirements occupy 38 of the degree program's required 120 semester credit hours and must be completed by all students in the B.A. in Drama & Theatre Program.

REQUIRED DRAMA & THEATRE COURSES (36 HOURS):

► DRM 114 - Introduction to Theatre - 3 hours
► DRM 115 - Dramatic Theory & Criticism - 3 hours
► DRM 120 - Stagecraft - 3 hours
► DRM 123 - Theory & Techniques of Acting - 3 hours
► DRM 219 - African-American Drama - 3 hours
► DRM 238 - Stage Management - 3 hours
► DRM 240 - Theatre Management - 3 hours
► DRM 310 - Stage Makeup - 3 hours
► DRM 315 - History of Theatre - 3 hours
► DRM 420 - Play Production - 3 hours
► DRM 425 - Direction of Plays - 3 hours

Choose one of the following:
     DRM 426 - Special Project - 3 hours
     DRM 450 - Research Seminar - 3 hours

REQUIRED SUPPORT COURSES (2 HOURS):

► PED 251 - Modern Dance - 1 hour
► PED 254 - Jazz Dance - 1 hour

EMPHASIS REQUIREMENTS

Emphasis Requirements occupy 21 of the degree program's required 120 semester credit hours. Students must choose one area of emphasis and complete its required courses.

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY EMPHASIS (21 HOURS):

► FIA 114 - Basic Design - 3 hours
► FIA 120 - Drawing - 3 hours
► DRM 220 - Stagecraft II - 3 hours
► DRM 320 - Lighting Design - 3 hours
► DRM 321 - Scenery Design - 3 hours
► DRM 410 - Costume Design - 3 hours
► DRM 436 - Sound Design - 3 hours

PERFORMANCE EMPHASIS (21 HOURS):

► ENG 413 - Shakespeare - 3 hours
► SCM 350 - Voice & Diction - 3 hours
► DRM 113 - Theatre Movement - 3 hours
► DRM 200 - Intermediate Acting - 3 hours
► DRM 212 - Improvisation for the Theatre - 3 hours
► DRM 324 - Advanced Acting Theory - 3 hours
► DRM 413 - Shakespeare for the Stage - 3 hours

DRAMA COURSE ELECTIVE

The Drama Course Elective occupies 3 of the degree program's required 120 semester credit hours. A Drama & Theatre Faculty Advisor must approve the elective course taken in this section.

MINOR or UNRESTRICTED ELECTIVES

Unrestricted Electives occupy 18 of the degree program's required 120 semester credit hours. A Drama & Theatre Faculty Advisor must approve all courses taken in this section. Students may elect to use these hours to satisfy the requirements of an approved minor.