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Note: The Drama Major is open to ALL LSA Students.
The LSA Drama Major, administered by the Residential College, offers a unique course of study at U-M: approaching dramatic literature through performance. Students examine all the stages of the dramatic process and attune their sense of theater aesthetic through practice and experimentation. Students immerse themselves in the dramatic process as actors and directors as well as learning about all the aspects of production: costuming, scenery, lighting and sound design.
The LSA Drama major combines the strengths and faculty resources of the Residential College (RC) drama faculty and the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Drama in the School of Music.
- Courses taught by RC faculty emphasize a unique text to performance approach to the study of acting and directing, combining script analysis with exploratory work in rehearsal and performance.
- Courses taught by faculty in Theatre and Drama introduce students to design, production, and practicum work, thereby enriching their appreciation of the production aspects of theater.
The curriculum offers students a variety of hands-on experiences and opportunities to study, explore, and perform. The LSA Drama Major requirements consist of 35 credits that move from introductory courses to those along two distinct upper-level tracks. The LSA Minor in Text to Performance is 16-18 credits and also culminates in a play production capstone seminar that brings all elements of drama study into focus.