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C.2.b  Recommended non-Theatre courses. 

To fully advantage your undergraduate experience toward your preparation as an artist, you need to be thoughtful in your selection of courses to surround your major or minor.    Following are some suggestion to help you develop some perimeters for your selections.

For a theatre student, the most valuable exposures are those related to

1) the workings of the arts,

2) the study of human experience, history, and society,

3) communication skills, and

4) patterns of moral and ethical behaviors. 

Understanding the common goals of the arts, discovering the ways in which the arts “mean” (signify, comprehend, express), learning the common language of the arts; these are among the most valuable of tools the theatre artist can acquire.  One cannot be a suc­cessful creator in the theatre without skills and sensitivities derived from the other arts: music, dance, visual arts, and literature.  Likewise, theatre artistry demands advanced com­munication skills of language, movement, and vocal/visual rhythm, skills of inference and suggestion.  The nature of being human is the subject of all the arts—our common and individual experiences, the ways in which we live together, our actions as expressions of moral and ethical understandings.

These concerns are clearly addressed in courses offered by several academic departments on campus: Art, Communication, English, Family and Consumer Sciences, History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology.

The undergraduate degree requirements at Seattle Pacific include a sizable number of credits in the Common and Exploratory Curriculum.  Common Curriculum, or "Core" courses are those designed to express the matter Seattle Pacific considers to be the essence of its mission, and deal with Christian perspectives and our Biblical heritage.  The Exploratory Curriculum program seeks to introduce you to principles of self-care, communication and language skills, and the fundamental precepts of learning in the social sciences, natural and mathematical sciences, literature and the arts.  These requirements reflect the heart of a liberal arts education, one which does not emphasize technical skills, but broad learning as a background for specific learning (your major).  It provides perspective for a lifetime of continuing study.

Within the broad outline of the Common and Exploratory Curriculum, you are given many opportunities for choice, discriminations which allow you to shape your learning to strengthen the fabric of your particular major.  You are advised to choose your course work as much as possible to reflect those courses most advantageous to your needs as a theatre artist.  Following is a recommendation of specific courses which fulfill General Education requirements and which also serve well your purposes in preparing yourself in theatre.  They are also chosen to avoid as many pre-requisites as possible.  These are only recommendations, but if you can schedule them conveniently they will prove of good worth to you.

Pay particular attention to your requirement in writing  and math skills.  Failure to complete this obligation leaves many students stranded when they should be graduating.

Several Theatre courses also fulfill General Education requirements. 

These may double-count toward general education and your major or minor.  This is true of

TRE 2420 Tragedy and TRE 2421Comedy courses (which satisfy the Literature Options or the Fine Arts Options categories),

TRE 1110 The Theatre Experience, TRE 1310 Acting I: Fundamentals,

TRE 3780 The Art of the Film, TRE 1930/3930 Performance Practicum, and TRE 1931/3931 Production Practicum.  It is recommended that you not double-up on these courses, but that you use the hours to explore other disciplines.

Check the current catalog section Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for a listing of Common Curriculum, Exploratory Curriculum, University Scholars Program, University Foundations, and General Education Requirements for available courses. 

On a final note concerning choosing courses. It is best to spread your major/minor requirements and your Common / Exploratory Curriculum requirements over all four years of your undergraduate career.  Or over at least three.  Many Core courses bear upper-division numbering, as do many of your major/minor courses.  Just be sure that your Junior and Senior years are not spent on lower-division course work.  Careful early planning will pay off in the long term.

Next Section: C3: Your Senior Project

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