Theater Pre-major

Department Chair: John Frisco, 847-635-1958, jfrisco@oakton.edu

The following pre-major is recommended for students who consider completing a Bachelor’s degree in Theater after transferring to a four-year institution. Students will experience different learning pedagogies within a common theme as they complete their general education requirements and prepare for transfer with a solid knowledge base and concentrated portfolio in the performing arts. The curriculum includes a core of fundamental courses in Acting and Stagecraft, along with multiple options for
courses in Speech, Humanities, and Literature, many of which have IAI transfer codes.

The pre-major is designed for students who have not decided upon a specific four-year college or university. Once a transfer school is selected, students are strongly encouraged to consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success and the transfer institution’s catalog to select courses that will meet both Oakton and transfer institution requirements.

While completing the pre-major, students can also complete the requirements for Theater Concentration. Students meeting the Concentration requirements will have a notation added to their transcript. Any course designated for Theater Concentration on Oakton class schedule, will help students complete the requirements for both concentration and pre-major.

For more information on course selection or program-specific advising, contact the department chairperson. Part time students should also consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success for part-time pre-major recommendations. General Education courses should be selected from the list of IAI General Education Courses.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester OneHours
EGL 101 Composition I 3
HUM 131 Introduction To Theater (see Note 1) 3
THE 103 Fundamentals Of Acting (see Note 1) 3
MAT 125
General Education Mathematics
or Elementary Statistics
4
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction To Drama (see Note 2)  
Introduction to Global Literature 1  
Introduction To Shakespeare (see Note 2)  
Western Culture and the Arts: Renaissance through the 20th Century  
Introduction To Philosophy  
 Hours16
Semester Two
EGL 102 Composition II 3
SPE 103 Effective Speech 3
THE 202 Intermediate Acting (see Note 1) 3
Select one Physical Science course: 3-4
Note: At least one science course with lab is required for degree completion  
Introductory Chemistry (lab)  
Introduction to Earth Science (lab)  
Physical Geology (lab)  
Introduction To Weather And Climate  
Descriptive Astronomy  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 1  
Cultural Geography 1  
Introduction To Psychology  
Introduction To Sociology 2  
Introduction To Ethnic Studies 2  
Introduction to Global Studies 1  
or other Social and Behavioral Science course
 
 Hours15-16
Second Year
Semester One
THE 135 Stagecraft I (see Note 1) 3
Select one of the following: 3
Oral Interpretation (see Note 2)  
Training Of The Speaking Voice (see Note 2)  
Competitive Speaking  
Stage Movement (see Note 2)  
Acting for the Camera (see Note 2)  
Select one of the following: 3-4
Introduction To Fiction  
Introduction To Literature  
Introduction To Shakespeare (see Note 2)  
Western Culture and the Arts: Beginnings through the Middle Ages  
Introduction To Art  
Introduction To Film  
Music Literature And History  
Modern Language Course (2021 or higher) 3
 
Select one Life Science Course 3-4
Note: At least one science course with lab is required for degree completion  
Introduction to Life Science (lab)  
Human Genetics (non-laboratory course)  
Introduction to Environmental Science (lab) 1  
Plants and Society  
General College Biology I (lab)  
Select one of the following: 3
United States History To 1877  
Western Civilization To 1650  
Introduction To Political Science  
Human Development  
Social Psychology 2  
Social Problems 4  
or other Social and Behavioral Science course
 
 Hours15-17
Semester Two
Select one of the following: 3
Professional Presentations  
Persuasive Speaking  
Debate  
Directing (see Note 2)  
Stagecraft II (see Note 2)  
Select one of the following: 3
Global Cinema 1  
Introduction to World Music 1  
World Mythologies 1  
World Religions 1  
International Relations 1  
Select one of the following: 3
Multicultural Literature in the U.S. 2  
Women and Literature 2  
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies 2  
Human Sexuality  
Sociology Of Marriage and Family: Relationships, Intimacy and Commitment 2  
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2  
Select one of the following: 3
United States History from 1877  
Western Civilization Since 1650  
Adult Psychology  
Sociology of Sex and Gender 2  
The Individual in Modern Society  
or other Social and Behavioral Science course
 
Select one Humanities or Fine Arts course not taken previously 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours61-64

Note 1: Pre-major is a recommended sequence and selection of courses. See Associate in Arts (A.A.) page for degree requirements.
Note 2: Theater Concentration requirement
Note 3: Theater Concentration elective