Majors are required to participate in performance events and to assist faculty conductors, directors and designers. The application of theory to practice is one of the program’s basic teaching principles; therefore, all majors will participate in at least two performing arts events each year. Vocal and instrumental concerts; full-length plays, musicals and operas; as well as recitals and one-act plays or scenes give students diverse opportunities to apply their knowledge and training.

Majors are strongly encouraged to complete a performing arts-related study abroad or study-away course, internship or off-campus summer training program, which may also meet the student’s Hiram Connect requirement.

The Senior Capstone Experience is required by all Performing Arts majors. The student, with counsel from faculty advisors, will determine a capstone that 1) advances the student’s specific academic and artistic interest in the performing arts, 2) demonstrates the student’s understanding of both the practical and theoretical knowledge of their area of concentration, and 3) distinctly reflects the student’s rigor of study and competency in the field.

Major Requirements:

The major requires the completion of at least 10 courses (40 hours) in Performing Arts.  All Performing Arts majors are required to take the following foundational courses:

  • PERF 1XXXX Performance & Society (3 credits)*
  • MUSI 12110 MUSICIANSHIP I:CM  (3 credits)
  • THEA 12000 Fundamental Principles of Acting (3 credits) and PERF 22100 Acting I (1 credit)
  • THEA 17000 Technical Production (3 credits) and THEA 17900 Tech Production Lab (1 credit)
  • THEA 17000 3xxxx Beginning Dance (4 credits) or Dance Appreciation (3 credits)
  • One 100-300 level Performing Arts history Course (3-4 credits)
  • One 200-300 level Performing Arts survey or literature course (3-4 credits)

Students will select their remaining (13-18 credit hours) from one of three pathways:

Performance Pathway

The Performance pathway offers significant flexibility to students interested in theatre, music
and dance performance, and the creation and direction of performing arts events. Students
may select courses that will broaden their current knowledge across art forms, or deepen their
knowledge within a specific art form.

Note on private music lessons: It is expected and encouraged that majors with interest and
experience in music take private lessons to support solo and ensemble-based endeavors. Music
lessons can be taken for 0-2 credit hours. While private lessons from instructors are typically
fee-based, scholarships are available for those in need and to students who participates in a
student music ensemble.


Performance Pathway Required Courses (13 credit hrs)
Two performance/technique/writing courses (200-300 level)
Senior Capstone (400 level)
Performance Pathway Recommended (minimum 6 credit hrs)
One additional electives and/or Independent Study
Participation in Performance Experiences (1-2 credits) each year
 

Performance Pathway offerings that satisfy required & elective courses:

  • MUSI 10100 Intro to Music Literature (3)
  •  MUSI 10200 Survey of American Music (3)
  • MUSI 10300 World Music (3)
  • MUSI 10400 Musical Theatre (3)
  • MUSI 10600 Intro to Music Technology (3)
  • MUSI 12200 Musicianship II (3)
  • THEA 14000 Survey in Dramatic Literature (3) (cross-listed ENGL)
  • THEA 15000 Introduction to Theatre (3)
  • THEA 15200 The Art of the Theatre (3)
  • THEA 20100 Theatre History for the Major (4) &THEA 20100 Theatre History for the Non-Major (3)
  • INTD 20500 Music and the Brain (3)
  • THEA 20900 Shakespeare in Performance (3) (cross-listed ENGL 20900)3
  • MUSI 22100 Musicianship III (3)
  • THEA 22400 Oral Interpretation of Literature (4)
  • THEA 22900 Creative Drama (3)
  • THEA 2XXXX Dance Appreciation (3) *
  • MUSI 23100 The Musician as Entrepreneur (3)
  • PSYC 2XXXX Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (4)
  • ART 23900 Art of Filmmaking (3)
  • THEA 26100 Shakespeare (3)
  • THEA 3XXXX Musical Theatre Dance *(3)
  • THEA 3XXXX Ballet/Jazz* (3)
  • THEA 3XXXX The Art of Improvisation (4)*
  • WRIT 30700 Craft and Technique: Playwriting (4)
  • WRIT 30900 Craft and Technique of Screenwriting (4)
  • MUSI 33100 Foundations of Singing: Vocal Pedagogy and Literature (3)
  • THEA 33100 Fundamentals of Play Directing (4)
  • THEA 38400 Intro to Costume and Make-up (4)
  • THEA 38500 Projects in Directing (X)
  • THEA 24100 Readings in Dramatic Literature (1)
  • THEA and MUSI 2XXXX Performance Experiences (1-2)
  • MUSI 1XXXX-2XXX Private Music Lessons (1-2)
  • Independent Study or Internship (4)
  • PERF 48000 Senior Capstone Experience (4)

*Denotes new courses, see descriptions on Page 4.

Design/Tech Pathway

Students in the Design/Tech pathway will explore the areas of stage lighting, scenic design, and
costume and makeup with course study and hands-on experiences comprised from their own
projects and in service to the Performing Arts music, theatre and dance events each year.

Design/Tech Pathway Required Courses (18 credit hrs)
Two Theory/Practice courses (Scene Design, Stage Lighting, Filmmaking, etc.) (200 level)
Senior Capstone (400 level)
Design/Tech Pathway Recommended (minimum 3-4 credit hrs)
One additional elective and/or Independent Study
Participation in Production Experiences (1-2 credits) each year


Design/Tech Pathway offerings that satisfy required & elective courses:

  • ART 10200 Color and Design (4)
  • MUSI 10600 Intro to Music Technology (3)
  • THEA 15200 The Art of the Theatre (3)
  • INTD 20900 Finding Voice through Quilts (3)
  • ART 23900 Art of Filmmaking (3)
  • THEA 25900 Theory and Practice of Scene Design (4)
  • THEA 26000 Theory and Practice of Stage Lighting (4)
  • INTD 30070 Legend and Lore of the Kilt (3)
  • THEA 38400 Intro to Costume and Make-up (4)
  • 27XXX Production Experiences (1-2)
  • Independent Study or Internship (4)
  • PERF 48000 Senior Capstone Experience (4)
     

Arts Management and Entrepreneurship Pathway

The Arts Management and Entrepreneurship pathway offers students interested in how the
performing arts are produced an opportunity to focus their course study in the areas of
communication, business and entrepreneurship, an inherent characteristic of the artist and the
performing arts.


Arts Management and Entrepreneurship Pathway Required Courses (17-18 credit hrs)
MGMT 11800: Principles of Management
One Communications, Economics, Finance or Management courses (200-300 level) and/or
Independent Study
Senior Capstone (400 level)
Arts Management and Entrepreneurship Pathway Recommended (3-4 credit hrs)
One additional Communications, Economics, Finance or Management courses (200-300 level)
and/or Independent Study


Arts Management and Entrepreneurship Pathway offerings that satisfy required & electives
courses:

  • MGMT 11800: Principles of Management
  • ENTR 20510: Entrepreneurial Mindset/Creativity and Innovation
  • MGMT 21800: Organizational Behavior (4)
  • COMM/MGMT 22200: Organizational Communication (4)
  • MGMT 22700: Project Management (4)
  • ACCT 22500: Financial Accounting (4)
  • ACCT 22600: Managerial Accounting (3)
  • MUSI 23100 The Musician as Entrepreneur (3)
  • ECON 23210 Managing for Sustainability: Organizational Ecology (4)
  • MUSI 23100 The Musician as Entrepreneur (3)
  • INTD 24100: Public Leadership
  • COMM 24500: Public Relations (4)
  • COMM 24900: Principles of Advertising (3)
  • MGMT 25500: Principles of Marketing (4)
  • MGMT 28051: Nonprofit Management (3)
  • EDUC 29000: Ethics of Collaboration (3)
  • ENTR 30600: The Entrepreneurial Process (4)
  • MGMT 31700: Small Business Management (3)
  • Independent Study or Internship (4)
  • PERF 48000 Senior Capstone Experience (4)