2020-2021 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog 
    Aug 13, 2022  
2020-2021 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre and Dance

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Mark J. Castle, Chair, Professor
Laura S. Byland, Professor
Don T. Sandley, Professor
David J. Glenn, Associate Professor
Chelsea R. Nicholson, Assistant Professor
Christian M. Specht, Assistant Professor
Mary T. Gurney, Instructor


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

Undergraduate Programs and Requirements

Musical Theatre Major (B.F.A.) 
Theatre Major (B.A.) 
Theatre Major w/a Conc in Acting & Directing (B.A.)  
Theatre Major w/a Conc in Production Design & Technology (B.A.)  
Theatre for Youth Major (B.F.A.)  

Dance Minor 
Theatre Minor  

Interdisciplinary Minors
Film Production Interdisciplinary Minor*  
Minor in the Arts*  

The Department of Theatre and Dance has five challenging, innovative, interdisciplinary degree programs to prepare students for careers and vocations in the arts. We aspire to be a leader in undergraduate theatre and dance education with a commitment to the artist as a community partner and contributor. Training is accomplished by practical and lecture/lab classroom experiences that prepare the student for the professional world. At the core of the department’s mission is a commitment to character, ethics, and artistic excellence.

As part of the theatre and dance experience at Samford, School of the Arts students share an innovative curriculum, Catalyst, which is designed for the next generation of artists. The new course structure provides a collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment for students to prepare for today’s job market while developing skills to fulfill meaningful vocations. The program culminates in an immersive senior Catalyst project, providing a professional-level experience.

The department offers a major in theatre, with optional concentrations in acting and directing and production design and technology, each 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. Additionally, the department offers minors in dance, film production*, the arts*, and theatre.

*The minor in the arts is offered in cooperation with the Division of Visual Arts  and the Division of Music . The film production minor is offered in cooperation with the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication .

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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