» Recommended Classes for First-Year Theatre Majors

Here are the classes that we recommend you take during your first year as a Theatre major at Chapman. 

For your first semester, we recommend taking 12-15 credits (most classes are 3 credits; those with labs are 4). You must be enrolled in 12 credits to be considered a full-time status student. The recommended courses below will put you at 15 credits per semester (fall and spring). 

Introductory Math Requirement

First year students must either waive or complete Math 100/L (Learning and Studying Mathematics for Understanding I, with a required lab component) in their first semester. For more information, visit our Math Placement webpage

 

General Education Classes

You can choose a General Education (GE) class from any GE category – it’s your choice. In general, the following GE areas are recommended to begin/complete during your first year:

  • GE Language Study (strongly recommended)
  • GE Written Inquiry
  • GE Quantitative Inquiry

Note: Some GE courses may “double count” with your major or minor. Students can share up to 9 credits between major and GE requirements and can share up to 6 credits between minor and GE requirements. Visit the General Education Program site to review the GE policies and see a list of approved courses for each GE area.You may be able to fulfill some of your GE requirements with classes from your major and/or minor. 

You can learn more about general education on our General Education: How it Works page.


Fall Semester

Majors in Theatre are part of the Block Scheduling program for first-year students in the Fall 2021 semester only. You will be pre-registered in the below Fall 2021 TH courses listed for the Fall 2021 semester below in early July (TH 170, 111, 100, and 105). You can then build the rest of your schedule around these required major courses.

FFC 100 - You Choose!  
Credits: 3

All first-year students at Chapman have to take First Year Foundations. The class will introduce you to college and there is a different topic for every major.

Certain major programs require that their students take a specific FFC course, or give you a choice from a list of FFC courses specific to the major. If you are in a major that doesn't require you to take a specific FFC course, then you will be directed to choose from a listing of all FFC course options for Fall 2021. See the First-Year Focus GE page for your major’s list of FFC options.

TH 170 - Creating Theatre: From Page to Stage 
Credits: 3

TH 111 - Introduction to Performing Techniques 
Credits: 2

TH 105 - Theatre Practicum
Credits: 0.5

Do not enroll in night classes. Doing so will mean that you will not be able to complete TH105 Theatre Practicum, which requires you to be available to complete a technical area of production during the semester (is currently a TBD time until you are a assigned a show/production). If you have a night class, you are not eligible to take part in this activity (make sure classes end by 5:30pm).

TH 100 - Introduction to Theatre Technology 
Credits: 3

GE class
Credits: 3


Spring Semester

TH 105 - Theatre Practicum
Credits: 0.5

TH Area of Study course (review with Program Advisor in TH dept)
Credits: 3

TH Area of Study course (review with Program Advisor in TH dept)
Credits: 3

Any GE class/minor exploration
Credits: 3

Any GE class/minor exploration
Credits: 3

Any GE class/minor exploration
Credits: 3