THEA-238: Theatre History

Liberal Arts
Fine & Performing Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Theatre History
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC.
Catalog Course Description

Offers a survey of theatrical production, including acting, directing, theatre architecture, artistic movements, and significant ideas that affect the development of theatre from the Greeks through the present. Emphasizes individual research and projects.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Style and Culture

    Identify the cultural differences that create unique theatrical styles.

  2. History and Production

    Analyze the association between the history of an era and its theatrical productions.

  3. Western Theatre Influences

    Identify the major ideological influences for Western Theater.

  4. Stage Spaces

    Identify the importance of physical space upon historical plays.

  5. Technical Theatre and Historical Productions

    Describe the basic concepts of lighting, acting, directing, and costuming for historical productions.

  6. Writing about Historical Theatre

    Write an analytical paper about historical theatrical subjects. Write a critical review of historical theatrical productions.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. A midterm exam
  2. A final exam
  3. A play review
  4. A research paper


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2022
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Fall 2022