2017-2018 Samford University Catalog 
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2017-2018 Samford University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre and Dance

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Mark J. Castle, Chair, Associate Professor
Don T. Sandley, Professor
Laura S. Byland, Associate Professor
David J. Glenn, Associate Professor
J. Clayton Winters, Assistant Professor

Undergraduate Programs and Requirements

Majors Minors
Musical Theatre Major (B.F.A.)   Dance Minor  
Theatre Major (B.A.)   Film Production Interdisciplinary Minor (THDA)  
Theatre for Youth Major (B.F.A.)   Minor in the Arts (THDA)  
  Theatre Minor  

The Department of Theatre and Dance in the School of the Arts offers a major in theatre leading to a bachelor of arts degree. The department also offers two majors leading to a bachelor of fine arts degree: musical theatre and theatre for youth. Much of the training is accomplished by practical experience that also provides cultural and intellectual stimuli to campus and community life. These activities include main-stage theatre productions, experimental plays, workshops, visiting artists, and sponsorship of many theatre productions. Students seeking admission to either the B.A. in theatre, the B.F.A. in musical theatre, or the B.F.A. in theatre for youth degree programs should contact the theatre and dance department to arrange for an audition and interview.

Theatre students are required to complete oral examinations each spring semester covering the prescribed reading list. Students will also display a current portfolio at the end of the spring semester and upon approval will be advanced to the next level courses.

The department also offers minors in dance and theatre and, in cooperation with the Department of Art and the Division of Music, offers an interdisciplinary minor in the arts. In cooperation with the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, the department also offers a minor in film production.


The Samford University theatre program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

General Education: University Core Curriculum and Distribution Requirements

General Education Distribution Requirements are noted in the individual degree tables. In those cases where a requirement is not specified, see General Education Overview  in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences introductory pages for a list of required and applicable courses.


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