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Theater, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #99 (WUR) , NH,
The Theater Department's mission is to provide students with a distinguished, challenging and integrated course of study in the history, literature, theory and practice of theater, both in the classroom and in production.


The mission of the Department of Theater is founded on three principles:

  • Theater is a multidisciplinary form in which all of the arts and humanities intersect.
  • The study of theater cultivates life skills in collaborative, creative, and critical thinking.
  • The theory and practice of theater are inseparable and mutually beneficial.
  • Our course of study prepares the serious theater student for graduate study and/or a professional career. Our goal is to instill in students a deep and lifelong appreciation for the theater, as theater professionals and audience members. Our outstanding faculty has a depth of experience spanning both the academic and professional theatrical worlds, providing our students with close mentorship and individual attention. 

    Theater Majors take a minimum of ten courses divided between theater practice (acting, directing, design, dance, stage management, technical production, and playwriting) and theater studies (the history, criticism, and theory of theater and performance). They are also required to fulfill four production requirements that reflect a variety of theatrical activity, demonstrating an active and sustained participation in theatrical production. One production credit must be fulfilled by serving as a stage manager or assistant stage manager for a mainstage production.

    Students interested in majoring should familiarize themselves with course and production requirements as well as the department's course offerings and descriptions. To help you with your planning, you may also wish to use our Theater Major Course Planner worksheet. Upon declaring as a theater major, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with you to determine how to best maximize your opportunities at Dartmouth and achieve your artistic and career goals.

    Students may also be double majors. In addition to theater, past students have majored in English, Neuroscience, Physics, Environmental Studies, or Linguistics. Although a double major calls for careful organization and planning, your advisor will serve as a helpful resource in this process.

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Theater and Society I: Classical and Medieval Performance
    • Theater and Society II: Early Modern Performance
    • Theater and Society III: 19th and 20th Century Performance
    • Introduction to Theater

    English Language Requirements

    This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

    Academic Requirements

    Required Application Components:

    • Application Fee or Fee Waiver
    • Common Application or Coalition Application
    • Dartmouth Writing Supplement
    • Secondary School Report with Transcript, School Profile, and Counselor Evaluation
    • Two Teacher Evaluations
    • SAT (with Essay) or ACT (with Writing)

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      53496 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 53496 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      53496 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 53496 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for Hanover

    • 1371 - 2480 USD/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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