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Samford University    
  Feb 21, 2018
Samford University Catalog 2016-2017 Academic Year [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre and Dance

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Don T. Sandley, Chair, Professor
Laura S. Byland, Associate Professor
Mark J. Castle, 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 or the B.F.A. in musical theatre 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).

University Core Curriculum and General Education Requirements

See University Core Curriculum & General Education Requirements  in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences introductory pages for a list of required and applicable courses. General Education Requirements are detailed in the individual degree tables, with some exceptions. In those cases where a requirement is not specified, consult the University Core Curriculum & General Education Requirements  section for a list of applicable courses. Students may count one semester of DANC 100 , DANC 101 , DANC 102 , DANC 201 , DANC 202 , DANC 211 , DANC 212 , DANC 221 , or  DANC 222  for one general education physical activity course, but only if the course is not also required for the student’s major or minor. Theatre minors majoring in fields outside the School of the Arts  may substitute THEA 101  and THEA 102  for THEA 200 - Theatre Appreciation (2)  to satisfy, in part, their general education fine arts requirement.


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      Note: One semester of DANC 100 DANC 101 , DANC 102 DANC 201 DANC 202 DANC 211 DANC 212 DANC 221 , or DANC 222  can be credited for one general education physical activity course, but only if the course is not also required for the student’s major or minor.

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