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Minor in Theater Arts

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Students earn a Theater Arts Minor by completing courses that provide a background in the theory and practice of the theater arts as well as a focus on either drama, theater design/technology, or dance. 

The Theater Arts Minor is comprised of 8 courses: 3 lower division and 5 upper-division. There are no prerequisites for declaring the minor, though individual courses may have prerequisites for enrollment, and a major must be officially declared before a minor is declared. 


All Theater Arts Minors must complete the following requirements:

Lower Division (12 units)

• One chosen from: THEA 61 A, B or C
• One chosen from: THEA 10, 20, 21, 30, or 40
• THEA 50 (2 units)

Upper Division (25 units)

• Three History/Theory/Critical Studies courses
• Two Studio Courses, one of which may be a Faculty-Directed production


—The following may NOT be used to satisfy requirements for the minor: Independent Studies (THEA 198 / 199), Random with a Purpose THEA 139, Chautauqua THEA 158, Student Prod. 45, Barnstorm 55A & B,  Group Proj. 190.
About the THEA 50 requirement: it is strongly recommended that students take care of this ASAP, as soon as they have decided to commit to the minor. THEA 50 is not a standard course, nor is enrollment standard. Please speak with the department advisor for details.

A PDF list of our current Course Offerings, which includes a key indicating which courses fulfill which upper-division requirements, can be found here.

Course descriptions can be found in the Course Catalog.

Declaration of the Theater Arts Minor

There are no course requirements for declaring the minor, though individual courses may have enrollment prerequisites, and a major must be officially declared before a minor may be declared.   

To declare the minor, first, have an Academic Planning form and Petition for Minor Declaration form completed AND SIGNED by your major adviser (tell them that you wish to declare a minor). While your major plan is current (within one quarter), bring it to the Theater Arts Adviser to add a plan for and declare the minor—please use Slug Success to make an appointment. 

Students are strongly encouraged to consult early with the department advisor to create an academic plan for the minor. This may be done prior to the declaration. For further information about minor requirements, declaration, or about the Theater Arts Department in general, please contact the Theater Arts Department office at, or (831) 429-2974.

More about our degrees can be found in our UNDERGRADUATE HANDBOOK on our Advising page.

The department also offers a minor in Dance.