The Department of Theatre and Dance provides the opportunity for highly qualified theatre majors to graduate with honors in Theatre Arts.
In order to graduate with honors in Theatre Arts, a student must maintain an overall GPA and a GPA in Theatre Arts courses of 3.5 or higher. The student must satisfactorily complete an honors contract (made between the student and the professor teaching the course) in two THR courses at the 3000 or 4000 level and complete THR 4510, an honors thesis/project. The honors thesis/project must include the primary theatre professor as an advisor and another professor as a secondary advisor. Additionally, a student must make a grade of no less than B in any of their selected 9 hours of departmental honors-designated courses to graduate with honors in Theatre Arts.
Applying for the program
Applicants for the departmental honors program must have completed 30 semester hours including 6 semester hours in Theatre Arts with an overall GPA of 3.45 or higher. Admission to the Theatre Arts honors program is by application to, and recommendation of, the departmental theatre honors committee. Space in the program is limited, and not all students meeting the application criteria may be accepted into the program. The application deadline is November 1 of each year. It is recommended that students apply their sophomore year to allow more time to complete honors requirements before graduation, but applications will also be accepted during the junior year providing the student has at least three semesters remaining before graduation. To apply, fill out the online application form and ask two Theatre Arts faculty to write recommendations in support of your application and submit them on this recommendation form.
Submitting honors contracts
Once a student has been accepted into the program, they must satisfactorily complete an honors contract in two THR courses at the 3000 or 4000 level. It is the responsibility of the Honors student to approach the instructor of a 3000 or 4000 level THR course the semester before the course is taught and ask if they may complete an honors contract for that course. If the instructor agrees, the student and instructor must fill out the contract (PDF, 240 KB) and submit a signed copy to the Theatre departmental honors director (currently Dr. Paulette Marty) by the end of the second week of the semester in which the student is enrolled in the course.
Submitting thesis proposals
Once a student has satisfactorily completed two honors contract courses, they may submit their proposal for an honors thesis/project. It is the student’s responsibility to identify an advisor for the thesis/project and work with that advisor to craft their proposal.
A proposal for a thesis must be submitted by midterm of the semester prior to the semester in which the student is enrolled in the THR 4510 course.
A proposal for a creative project undertaken as part of a Department of Theatre & Dance production must be submitted as soon as possible after the student’s role in the departmental production has been confirmed, preferably during the semester before the student is enrolled in the THR 4510 course, but no later than the end of the second week of that semester.
A proposal for an independent creative project must be submitted no later than the end of the second week of the semester in which the student is enrolled in the THR 4510 course.
For more information, contact Dr. Paulette Marty, director of the Theatre Honors Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.