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Theatre Arts

Description of Major
The curriculum provides sound academic and practical training in theatre arts for undergraduate liberal arts students, for those wishing to pursue graduate studies in the field, and for those preparing to teach. It is designed to help students develop an appreciation for and ability to produce quality theatre.

A liberal arts education and study in a particular major will lead to the acquisition of a group of skills which enable one to solve problems, communicate effectively, and perform complicated tasks. These skills are essential in any career. The following is a list of important and commonly agreed upon career skills identified by UMM theatre arts faculty as a part of the project to Improve Public Understanding of Liberal Learning (IMPULL). The skills are those which all or most students studying theatre arts are likely to acquire through classroom instruction, co-curricular or extra-curricular activities.

Jobs Obtained by UMM Theatre Arts Graduates
SStudies conducted by the UMM Career Center have shown that graduates obtain jobs that are both related to their major and jobs that may not be formally related to the major. About 52% of the theatre arts graduates from 1964-1998 said their job was in the same field or related to their undergraduate major. Other studies have shown that liberal arts graduates find employment that makes use of their skills, special knowledge, values, and interests, even though the employment field may not be related to their academic major. Listed below are some jobs obtained by UMM theatre arts graduates:

Account Manager
Actress, Singer, Comedian
Administrative Assistant
Administrative Coordinator
Arts Administrator
Bookstore Manager
Bookstore Special Orders Clerk
College Administrator
College Theatre Professor
Computer Liaison
Costume Cutter
Customer Service Manager
Customer Service Supervisor
Graphic Artist
Graphic Designer
Human Resources
Manufacturing Supervisor
Motor Carrier Inspector
Production Director
Resource Coordinator
Small Business Owner
Stage Manager
Technical Director/Designer
Teleconference Specialist
Television Production Assistant
Theatre Administration
Theatre Lighting Technician
Theatre Professor
Theatre Scenery Carpenter
Tour Director/Musician
University Professor
Vocational Evaluator


There are many occupations that do not require a specific undergraduate major; they are often learned as a result of one-the-job training rather than prior education. What is sought among prospective employees is the development of certain sills and abilities that can be developed not only through an academic major but through courses taken as part of one’s general education, and through internships, directed studies, tutorials, seminars, study abroad, work-study and summer employment, and volunteer experiences.

Theater (Adobe Acrobat Supplement)
Graduate/Professional Schools in Theatre