Department of Theatre and Performance Studies: Academic Programs

Academic Programs

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The Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University supports the liberal arts mission of the University by engaging students as artists, scholars, and active citizens in their social worlds. Students learn through praxis, encountering performance as the intersection of rigorous critical investigation and practical, engaged, learning. Taking a uniquely holistic view of performance to include the realms of theatrical production, storytelling, dance, performance art, and everyday life, the department challenges students to recognize performance as a method of analysis, a mode of inquiry, and a creative and aesthetic act.

Our program offers a wide range of courses dedicated to developing students as scholar-artists, viewing both live performance as scholarship and writing as a creative act. The program provides opportunities for students to create, witness, and critique performances based on a variety of sources: from dramatic scripts to literary and folk traditions, original ethnographic field research, and personal narratives. Inherent within this premise lies an ardent commitment to provide global learning opportunities to students as vital to their individual and social growth. It is the department’s mission to push the discipline forward in integrating theatre, dance and performance studies approaches, offering for our campus and our community a broad spectrum of voices, cultures, texts, periods, and styles of performance experiences.

Overview

The Department of Theatre & Performance Studies offers a liberal arts program that emphasizes scholarship as well as creative work. Students are prepared to enter graduate studies or careers in theatre and related fields. B.A. Program in Theatre and Performance Studies.

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The Department of Theatre, Performance Studies and Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies, with concentrations in performance (including storytelling, performance art, directing, adaptation of texts for the stage, and dramaturgy), musical theatre, design/technology, and acting. Our program offers a wide range of courses dedicated to developing students as scholar-artists, viewing both live performance as scholarship and writing as a creative act. The program provides opportunities for students to create, witness, and critique performances based on a variety of sources: from dramatic scripts and classical choreography to literary and folk traditions, original ethnographic field research, and contemporary movement. Emphasizing the interrelationship of theory and praxis, the major prepares students for entry into the profession or for graduate study in theatre or other related fields.

Theatre and performance studies majors take 15 credits of lower-division foundational courses, which introduce them to our program of study. At the 3000- and 4000-level, students take a core of classes including acting, visual imagination, performing literature, play analysis, performing culture or performance art, and theatre and performance history and theory. Additionally, students select a three-course concentration choosing from emphases in acting, performance (including storytelling, performance art, directing, adaptation of texts for the stage, and dramaturgy), design/technology, or musical theatre. An applied/professional sequence of six (6) credits, which is individually designed in cooperation with the student?s advisor, may include combinations of internships, performance credits, co-ops, directed studies, international study, practicum courses, and/or service learning components. The theatre and performance studies degree culminates in a senior seminar that focuses on planning for graduate studies or careers in theatre and related fields. All theatre and performance studies majors must demonstrate competence in foreign languages up through the level of FL 2002.

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What is Performance Studies

Performance Studies examines performances in two broad categories: artistic performances and cultural performances. Artistic performances are performances marked and understood as art: solo-performance, performance art, performances of literature, theatrical storytelling, plays, and performance poetry are all examples of this sort of performance. This category considers performance as an art form.

Cultural performances include those events embedded in everyday life in which a culture’s values are displayed for their perpetuation: rituals such as parades, religious ceremonies, and community festivals as well as conversational storytelling, performances of social and professional roles, and individual performances of race, gender, sexuality, and class. This category considers performance as a way of studying how people move through the world as individuals, construct identity, and build community together.

Performance Studies is also keenly interested in the intersection between these categories. For instance, one might study the performances of a particular culture and turn that study into a staged performance about that culture. Cultural performances influence the kinds of artistic performances that a culture creates and, in turn, those artistic performances influence cultural performances. Therefore, Performance Studies embraces the creative process of making art as well as the critical process of analyzing performances.

Performance Studies first emerged as its own field of study in the last decades of the twentieth century informed by insights from anthropology, sociology, theatre, oral interpretation, communication studies, literary criticism, cultural studies, ethnography, folkloristics, mythological studies, and psychology. Today, performance scholars contribute to these diverse fields of study. A recommended online brochure, "A Student's Guide to Performance Studies," outlines the recent developments in performance studies over the last two decades.

Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University

The Program in Theatre and Performance Studies here at KSU features performance as an art form, as a field of study, and as a method of inquiry (or a way of knowing) in classes throughout the major. The entire program embraces the idea of embodied learning, “that knowledge—the process of attaining, sharing, and projecting knowing—can be accomplished through doing” (Alexander 415).

The degree program features several required courses in Performance Studies as well as courses that integrate the scholarship of Theatre Studies and Performance Studies, including:

•Introduction to Performance Studies
•Performing Culture
•Performing Literature
•History & Theory I: Ancient through Renaissance Theatre & Performance
•History & Theory II: Neoclassical through Early Modern Theatre & Performance
•Senior Seminar: Contemporary Theatre & Performance.

Additionally, the program offers a Concentration in Performance Studies, which includes:

•Performance Art
•Adapting & Staging Literary Texts
•Performance Composition
•Dramaturgy
•Directing
•Directing Styles

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General Education Program

The General Education program offers a comprehensive series of interrelated courses in the liberal arts and sciences for all Kennesaw State University students. Whereas the major program contributes depth within a chosen specialization, the General Education core provides breadth of understanding within a variety of disciplines. Together, the General Education core and the major degree program offer students the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to become informed and engaged citizens living in a diverse, global community.

Throughout the university system, the core curriculum consists of 60 semester hours of which a minimum of 42 are in general education and 18 in major-related courses.

Area A - (9 Credit Hours)

Area A1: Communication Skills - (6 Credit Hours)
ENGL 1101 - Composition I 1
ENGL 1102 - Composition II 2

Area A2: Quantitative Skills - (3 Credit Hours)
MATH 1101 - Introduction to Mathematical Modeling 3, 4
or MATH 1111 - College Algebra 3, 4
or MATH 1112 - College Trigonometry 3, 4
or MATH 1113 - Precalculus 3, 4
or MATH 1190 - Calculus I 4, 5

Notes:
1. Prerequisites: ENGL 0099 & READ 0099, if required
2. Prerequisite: ENGL 1101 with “C” or better
3. Prerequisites: MATH 0098 or MATH 0099, if required
4. Math requirements depend on major.
In general, the Mathematics Advising Placement Test, available at placement.kennesaw.edu, can help students and their assigned advisors to determine which courses are most appropriate to ensure that all prerequisites and major requirements are met. Biology, chemistry, computer science, and secondary science education majors may take MATH 1112, MATH 1113, or MATH 1190 (students who plan to take MATH 1112 may need to take MATH 1111 first). Mathematics and mathematics education majors must take MATH 1190. Business majors may take MATH 1111, MATH 1112, MATH 1113, or MATH 1190. Most other majors also have the additional option to take MATH 1101.
5. Prerequisite for MATH 1190: a grade of “C” or better in MATH 1112 or MATH 1113; Mathematics Advising Placement Test recommendation of MATH 1190 (see placement.kennesaw.edu); or approval of the Mathematics Department Chair.

Area B: Social Issues (Institutional Option) - (5 Credit Hours)

ANTH 2105 - Social Issues: Perspectives in Anthropology 1, 2, 3
or
GEOG 2105 - Social Issues: Perspectives in Geography 1, 2, 3
or
PSYC 2105 - Social Issues: Perspectives in Psychology 1, 2, 3
or
SOCI 2105 - Social Issues: Perspectives in Sociology 1, 2, 3
or
CRJU 2105 - Social Issues: Perspectives in Criminal Justice 1, 2, 3

AADS 1102 - Issues in African and African Diaspora Studies
or
AMST 1102 - American Identities 4, 5, 6, 7
or
COM 1109 - Human Communication 4, 5, 6, 7
or
FL 1002 - Introduction to Foreign Language and Culture II 4, 5, 6, 7
or
PHIL 2200 - Ways of Knowing 4, 5, 6, 7
or
GWST 1102 - Love and Sex
or
LALS 1102 - Understanding Latin America
or
PAX 1102 - Understanding Peace and Conflict
or
RELS 1102 - Understanding Religious Studies

Notes:
1. Prerequisites: ENGL 0099 & READ 0099, if required.
2. Psychology and Sociology Majors should not take the course in their major discipline.
3. Nursing Majors must take Sociology
4. Students seeking a B.A. degree must complete FL 2001 AND FL 2002. FL 1002 is a prerequisite for FL 2001; therefore, FL 1002 may be the preferred option for these students.
5. FL 1002 has a prerequisite of one year of foreign language in high school or FL 1001
6. FL = Foreign Language and denotes one of our foreign languages, e.g., SPAN (Spanish), FREN (French), GRMN (German), etc.
7. Communication majors should take FL 1002 or PHIL 2200 to satisfy this requirement.

Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts - (6 Credit Hours)

ENGL 2110 - World Literature 1

ART 1107 - Arts in Society: Visual Arts 2
or
DANC 1107 - Arts in Society: Dance 2
or
MUSI 1107 - Arts in Society: Music 2
or
TPS 1107 - Arts in Society: Theatre and Performance 2

Notes:
1. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with “C” or better.
2. Theatre majors should not take the course in their major discipline. Music majors are required to take MUSI 1107, World Music section.

Area D: Science, Mathematics, and Technology – (10 to 11 Credit Hours)

SCI 1101 - Science, Society, and the Environment I 1
or
GEOG 1112 - Weather and Climate 1
or
GEOG 1113 - Introduction to Landforms 1
or
CHEM 1211 - General Chemistry I 2
CHEM 1211L - General Chemistry I Laboratory 2
or
CHEM 1151 - Survey of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 1151L - Survey of Chemistry I Laboratory 3
or
PHYS 1111 - Introductory Physics I 4
or
PHYS 2211 - Principles of Physics I 5

SCI 1102 - Science, Society and the Environment II 6
or
GEOG 1112 - Weather and Climate 1
or
GEOG 1113 - Introduction to Landforms
or
CHEM 1212 - General Chemistry II 7
CHEM 1212L - General Chemistry II Laboratory 7
or
CHEM 1152 - Survey of Chemistry II 8
CHEM 1152L - Survey of Chemistry II Laboratory 8
or
PHYS 1112 - Introductory Physics II 9
or
PHYS 2212 - Principles of Physics II 10

MATH 1106 - Elementary Applied Calculus 11
or
MATH 1107 - Elementary Statistics 12
or
MATH 1190 - Calculus I 13
or
MATH 2202 - Calculus II 14

Notes:
1. Prerequisites: ENGL 0099, READ 0099, & MATH 0098 or MATH 0099, if required
2. Corequisite: MATH 1113 or MATH 1112
3. Prerequisites: READ 0099, & MATH 0099, if required
4. Prerequisite: MATH 1113 or MATH 1112
5. Prerequisite: MATH 1190
6. Prerequisite: SCI 1101 or Departmental approval
7. Prerequisite: “C” or better grade in CHEM 1211
8. Prerequisite: CHEM 1151 and CHEM 1151L
9. Prerequisite: PHYS 1111
10. Prerequisite: PHYS 2211
11. Prerequisite for MATH 1106: a grade of “C” or better in MATH 1111 or MATH 1112 or MATH 1113
12. Prerequisite for MATH 1107: MATH 1101 or MATH 1111 or MATH 1112 or MATH 1113
13. Prerequisite for MATH 1190: a grade of “C” or better in MATH 1112 or MATH 1113
14. Prerequisite for MATH 2202: a grade of “C” or better in MATH 1190

Math and science requirements depend on majors. Students should see an advisor to determine which courses are most appropriate and to ensure that all prerequisites and major requirements are met.

1. Students majoring in mathematics and mathematics education are required to take MATH 2202. Biology, chemistry, or computer science majors are advised to take MATH 1190 or MATH 2202. Business majors are advised to take MATH 1106, MATH 1190, or MATH 2202. Most other students will have an additional option to take MATH 1107.

2. Students majoring in mathematics, biology, chemistry, and secondary biology education are advised to take CHEM 1211 & 1212 or PHYS 1111 & 1112 or PHYS 2211 & 2212 and their labs, if separate. Students majoring in computer science are advised to take one of the PHYS sequences. Students majoring in nursing are advised to take CHEM 1151 & CHEM 1152 and their labs. All other students (non-math/science majors) should take SCI 1101 & SCI 1102. However, any science courses meeting the criteria are acceptable except Anatomy & Physiology, and Microbiology.

Area E: Social Sciences – (12 Credit Hours)

POLS 1101 - American Government in a Global Perspective 1

ECON 1100 - Global Economics 2, 3, 4
or
ECON 2100 - Principles of Microeconomics 2, 3, 4

HIST 1110 - Introduction To World History
HIST 2112 - America Since 1890

Notes:
1. Prerequisite: ENGL 0099 & READ 0099, if required
2. ECON 1100 has prerequisites of the following courses, if required: ENGL 0099, MATH 0098 or MATH 0099, READ 0099
3. Business, history education, and international affairs, and sport management majors must take ECON 2100. All other students should take ECON 1100
4. ECON 2100 has a prerequisite of MATH 1101 or higher

Area F: Courses Related to the Program of Study - (18 Credit Hours)

See the individual majors for the specific requirements in this area.

Summer Arts Intensive

Interested in a summer arts program or arts camp? If you live in the metro Atlanta area, join our Summer Arts Intensive June 1-6 at the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University!

Choose from acting, art & design, dance, music, or musical theatre. The registration fee of $295 for the week includes lunch each day and an awesome T-shirt to show off to your friends.

Participants who attend the Summer Arts Intensive are eligible for SCHOLARSHIPS for attending Kennesaw State University College of the Arts after high school graduation.

At the end of the summer arts intensive, you'll show off your achievements to friends and family during public performances and exhibitions.

Register online at www.KSUSummerArtsIntensive.com or call 770-423-6614. Deadline is May 16, but register as soon as possible because space is limited.

Apply Online!

For students entering grades 9-12 in 2014-2015.
This program is offered only during the day; no overnight accomodations are available.
If you have further questions, please e-mail ccolli61@kennesaw.edu