THEA-238: Theatre History

Liberal 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
Instructor Permission
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
  2. History and Production
  3. Western Theatre Influences
  4. Stage Spaces
  5. Technical Theatre and Historical Productions
  6. Writing about Historical Theatre
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Identify the cultural differences that create unique theatrical styles.
  2. Analyze the association between the history of an era and its theatrical productions.
  3. Identify the major ideological influences for Western Theater.*
  4. Idenfity the importance of physical space upon historical plays.
  5. Describe the basic concepts of lighting, acting, directing, and costuming for historical productions.
  6. Write an analytical paper about historical theatrical subjects.*
  7. Write a critical review of historical theatrical productions.*

*Critical Thinking Objective

Assessment and Requirements

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

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2015
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date