The Catholic University of America

Theatre History Track

Consider the Theatre History Track if you are -- or want to be:

An Academic Researcher 

Enhance your abilities to research and contextualize theatrical texts, with hands-on instruction and resources you can only find in DC. Increase your professional skills, both the practical and theoretical, with M.A. courses that focus on theatre history and theory, as well as western theatre and culture, while having possible resources such as the extensive collections at the Library of Congress and Folger Shakespeare Library nearby.

A College Professor

Increase your skills in analyzing and understanding theatrical texts, with intensive M.A. courses that prepare you for future Ph.D work. You can also apply for a Teaching Assistant position, which helps you build valuable experience instructing at the college level. Opt to write a Master's Thesis, under the supervision of your advisor, giving you the tools you need for future dissertation work.


Requirements for M.A. in Theater History - Theatre History Track

To earn an M.A. in Theatre History, students must successfully complete 30 hours of graduate coursework. See list of courses below.

The M.A. Program in Theatre History is structured to allow teachers and artists to complete the degree in four semesters and one or two summers at CUA. M.A. students who work or teach full-time can choose to take one course each semester during the academic year. Each course will meet for one night a week.
Critical Studies Courses – Required

The following 5 DRAMA Courses are required:  
DR 601 Introduction to Theatre Research
DR 604 Dramatic Structures I 
DR 983 Seminar in Dramaturgy
DR 606 Theatre Theory
DR 610 20th Century Theatre
Additional Drama Courses – Optional
Please note: All optional courses are chosen with discussion and recommendation of the student’s M.A. advisor. Consult our Course Descriptions for other graduate courses you can select with the approval of the Head of the M.A. Program
Suggested courses for the Theatre History Track have a plus symbol after their course name. 

Students may choose electives from the following DRAMA courses:  
DR 984  Seminar: Shakespeare in Theatre+
DR 695E Dramaturgy Internship
DR 695A Research Internship+
DR 762 Adaptation
DR 603 Western Theatre and Culture+
DR 526 Teaching Theatre
DR 995 Master Thesis Guidance (2 sections Fall/Spring)+
or another 500+ level CUA or consortium course chosen after discussion/recommendation of advisor and faculty.+

Students may take one elective in another department at CUA, if the course includes readings relatd to that student's area of interest. If such a course is not available on campus, students are encouraged to take an elective (500 level or above) within the Consortium of Universities in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The student must submit a proposal to the Head of the M.A. Program that explains that the course is not offered at CUA and will help the student conduct research in an area that he or she will continue to work in post-graduation. 
Students must complete the following practicums:
A minimum of 60 hours of Production Crew Credit is required to ensure a working knowledge of some of the basic elements of technical theatre.

An Artistic Practicum, of a creative nature is also required. This may take the form of various artistic positions in lab productions and classroom projects, including any departmental performances or readings. Dramaturgical opportunities – outside of the mainstage shows – are encouraged and required by means of this practicum. 

5 Required Critical Studies Courses in Drama Department 
2 Seminars in Drama Department (900 level not including Master's Thesis)
2 Practicum Credits
Foreign Language (Reading Comprehension)