IMPORTANT NOTE

The requirements below apply to those students with a 2023-2024 catalog year. Students are required by college policy to follow the major (and minor) requirements found in the catalog in effect at the time they declared their first major. To find your catalog year, please visit your Grades and Academic Records found in myOxy and access the catalog that matches your catalog year.

Because the development of a theater artist and performance studies scholar is enhanced by time as well as training, we encourage students considering a Theater and Performance Studies major or minor to consult with department faculty and begin taking courses in the first year. Students interested in the major should consider taking THEA 101 and THEA 100 during their first year. In addition, students wishing to major in Theater and Performance Studies will ideally complete THEA 110 (Performance in Action), THEA 120 (Introduction to Technical Theater), and THEA 175 (Introduction to Design) by the end of their second year.

Placement Results

No placement exams are specifically required for the Theater and Performance Studies major. 

Sample 4-Year Plan

 

Fall

Spring

Year 1

  • Fall FYS course

  • THEA 101 (CPFA, CPUD)

  • Foreign Language (4 or 5 units)

  • THEA 100

  • Spring FYS course

  • THEA 110 (2 units)

  • THEA 120

  • Core Requirement (4 units)

  • General Elective (2 units)

Year 2

  • THEA 210 or THEA 380

  • THEA 121/THEA 122

  • Core Requirement (4 units)

  • Core Requirement (4 units)

  • General Elective (4 units)

  • THEA 121/THEA 122

  • THEA Elective (2 units)

  • Core Requirement (4 units)

  • General Elective (4 units)

  • General Elective (4 units)

Year 3

  • THEA Elective (4 units)

  • THEA Elective (4 units)

  • General Elective (4 units)

  • General Elective (4 units)

Year 4

  • THEA 490 or THEA  Elective (4 units)

  • General Elective (4 units)

  • General Elective (4 units)

  • General Elective (4 units)

  • THEA 490 or THEA Elective (4 units)

  • General Elective (4 units)

  • General Elective (4 units)

  • General Elective (4 units)

Transfer Credit Policies

The Theater Department does not accept online courses for transfer credit.

While there is not an AP examination in Theater, qualifying IB or A-level examination scores in Theater will earn four units of credit. These four units may be applied toward the major or minor in substitution of an elective course.

Students may apply up to two courses (eight units of credit), or up to four courses (16 units of credit) in transfer for participation in a conservatory program, toward the major. Those who entered as a transfer student or those who took a leave of absence from the College for at least a semester may apply up to four courses (16 units of credit) in transfer toward the major. Students may apply one course (four units) in transfer toward the minor.

Students should reference the Transfer Credit section for more details.

Special Programs

In the summer, Occidental College hosts the annual Occidental Children's Theater at the Remsen Bird Hillside Amphitheater. Academic credit is available for this program through THEA 197 or THEA 397. Off-campus internships in professional theater and film may be arranged during the academic year or summer through the Department of Theater and the Hameetman Career Center. Support for undergraduate research and travel are available both during the academic year and during the summer. Contact the Department Chair and the Undergraduate Research Center for more information. We encourage Theater students to participate in study abroad. Information on approved programs is available through the International Programs Office. Credit toward the major may be available.

Contact the Theater & Performance Studies Department
Keck Theater 202

Box Office: (323) 259-2922