Curriculum Requirements

For more general information about undergraduate requirements, fees, and registration,
see UMD's Undergraduate Catalog:


In 2005 Theatre undertook a substantial revision of its undergraduate major that instituted a series of “Foundation” courses to help students build a stronger, more uniform knowledge base, and to better prepare them for upper-level course work. In addition, the curriculum introduces students to faculty-taught upper level courses sooner, allows students to take co-requisite courses their first year, and emphasizes upper-level course work in specialty areas. Returning students who matriculated prior to 2005 should contact the Coordinator of Student Services for Curriculum information.

See here for a list of 200 plays every Theatre major should read.


  • 49 credit hours of course work
  • 28 credit hours must be at the 300-400 level
  • No grade less than C- may be applied toward the major (including Supporting Courses)
  • No course for the major may be taken as Pass/Fail or Audit (including Supporting Courses)

Required Benchmarks

  • 30 Credit Benchmark: THET 222, 223 and either THET 116 or TDPS 201
  • 60 Credit Benchmark: TDPS 201, THET 116, THET 222, THET 223, 2 THET 479 courses, 12 credits from a combination of Area Menus and Supporting Courses
  • 90 Credit Benchmark: 3 TDPS 479 courses, 27 credits of Area Menu and Supporting Courses

Students who do not meet benchmarks may be asked to leave the major. A course time conflict outside the Department is not an acceptable excuse for not meeting your benchmark.

In the listing below, all courses are three credits unless otherwise noted. Prerequisites are listed in the Undergraduate Catalog or the Schedule of Classes on Courses listed in the Area Menu are ones that are regularly offered -- but not necessarily each semester. Other courses, which satisfy the requirement, will be announced as they are offered. Please note that some courses require prerequisites and auditions.

FOUNDATION SERIES: 16 credit hours required

TDPS 201 – Introduction to Technical Production

THET 116 – Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

THET 222 –Foundations of Acting and Performance

THET 223 –Text and Context in Western Theatre

TDPS 479 – Production Practicum (1 credit) 4 total credit hours required [Positions must be completed in three different areas. For many positions, TDPS 201 is a prerequisite.]

AREA MENU:  18 total credit hours required

Area Menu courses provide advanced training in three areas: Performance, Design/Production, and History/Theory. Students select courses from each Area as delineated below. Student must audition and/or complete prerequisites for some courses.

Performance Area:  3 credit hours required

*Courses marked with an “*” require auditions. Students may only audition twice for any course requiring an audition for enrollment. Many courses have prerequisites; please check Testudo online for registration information.

THET 210 – Movement for Actors

THET 285 – The Art of Communication and Presentation

*THET 310 – Voice for the Actor I

*THET 324 – Acting: Character Development

*THET 325 – Acting: The Acting Process Part I

THET 330 – Play Directing I [prerequisite, all six fundamentals courses]

*THET 360 – Voice Archetypes

*THET362 – Alexander Technique

*THET 411 – Voice for the Actor II

*THET 420 – Acting IV: Language and the Actor

*THET 424 – Movement II: Advanced Studies in Movement for the Actor

*THET 425 – Acting: The Acting Process Part II

THET 430 – Play Directing II

*THET 451 – Musical Theatre Workshop I

*THET 452 – Musical Theatre Workshop II

Design/Production Area:  6 credit hours required
 (3 credits must be at a 300/400 level)

Many courses have prerequisites - see Testudo online for registration information.

THET 273 – Theatre Graphics I

THET 274 – Introduction to Stage Management

THET 282 – Stage Makeup

THET 284 – Stage Costume Construction I

THET 371 – Scenic Design I

THET 372 – Stage Property Design

THET 373 – Rendering for the Theatre I

THET 377 – Lighting Design I

THET 380 – Sound Design

THET 383 – Costume Design I

THET 384 – Costume Construction II

THET 435 – Advanced Costume Construction

THET 457 – Advanced Lighting Technology

THET 465 – History of Fashion (not a Theatre History course)

THET 470 – Advanced Stagecraft

THET 471 – Design Studio in Scenery

THET 472 – Scene Painting I

THET 473 – Rendering for the Theatre II

THET 474 – Stage Management

THET 475 – History of Art, Architecture, and Décor

THET 477 – Design Studio in Lighting

THET 481 – Theatre Graphics II

THET 482 – Scene Painting II

THET 483 – Design Studio in Costume

History/Theory Area:  9 credits required (3 of which must be at the 400 level)

THET 250 – American Musical Theatre & Popular Performance

THET 290 – Race, Gender and Ethnicity in American Theatre and Culture

THET 390  - Theatre History I 

THET 391 - Theatre History II

THET 408 – Seminar: Theory and Performance Studies 

THET 488 – Special Topics in Theatre History before 1800 [THET 223 required; one 200/300 level theatre history course, recommended]

THET 489 – Special Topics in Theatre History from 1800 to the Present [THET 223 required; one 200/300 level theatre history course, recommended]

THET 498 Seminar: Theatre History

All seminars cross-listed at the 400/600 levels require undergraduate students to obtain permission from the instructor and to have completed either THET 488 or 489 successfully. These courses are not regularly offered and undergraduates need to take the 400-level version not the 600-level graduate course version.

SUPPORTING COURSES:  15 credit hours

  • 12 credits must be THET courses
  • 15 credits must be upper level (300/400)
  • Supporting course credits may come from the list below OR from any of the courses listed in the Performance, Design/Production, or History/Theory Menus OR any combination of the four menus (Performance, Design/Production, History/Theory, and Supporting Courses)
  • Students may petition to their advisor for other suitable courses to be used
  • When selecting Supporting Courses, remember that sufficient Upper Level (300/400) courses must be taken - a student will only be able to take one or two at 100-200/level
  • Courses in other Departments may not be offered every semester or even every year.
  • For Course Prerequisites - Contact the Department that is offering the course or check Testudo []

ARTH 200 - Art of the Western World to 1300

ARTH 201 - Art of the Western World after 1300

ARTH 250 - African Art
ARTH 275 - Pre-Columbian Art

ARTH 290 - Art of Asia

ARTT 100 - Two Dimensional Art Fundamentals

ARTT 110 - Elements of Drawing

ARTT 150 - Introduction to Art Theory

ARTT 200 - Three Dimensional Art Fundamentals

ARTT 334 – Elements of Sculpture

ARTT 353 – Elements of Photography

ARTT 354 – Elements of Computer Graphics

CLAS 374 – Greek Tragedy in Translation
CLAS 375 – Ancient Comedy

DANC 200 – Introduction to Dance

DANC 283 – Foundations of Dance History

DANC 310 – Dance Lighting

DANC Performance [up to 3 courses total may be used with permission of advisor]

ENGL 205 -- Introduction to Shakespeare

ENGL 244 - Introduction to Drama

ENGL 304 – Major Works of Shakespeare

ENGL 305 -- Shakespeare & Contemporaries

ENGL 403 – Shakespeare: The Early Works

ENGL 404 – Shakespeare: The Later Works

ENGL 434 – American Drama

ENGL 450 – Renaissance Drama

ENGL 451 – Renaissance Drama

ENGL 454 – Modern Drama

LATN 301 – Plautus

LATN 302 – Ovid

MUSC 480 through 485

MUSC Performance [up to 3 courses total may be used with permission of advisor]

SPAN 424 – Drama of the Sixteenth Century

SPAN 436 – Spanish Baroque Drama

SPAN 437 – Spanish Drama of the Seventeenth Century

SPAN 456 – Nineteenth Century Drama & Poetry

SPAN 462 – Twentieth Century Drama

SPAN 473 – Latino Drama

THET 286/386 Experiential Learning [up to 6 credits may be used]

THET 429 – Actors Studio [up to 6 credits may be used]

THET 479 -- Theatre Practicum [up to 4 credits above the requirement in the Foundation Series]

THET 499/399/299 -- Independent Study [up to 6 credits may be used]