One of 44 departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Theatre and Dance provides a breadth and depth of experience so students gain skills to understand the various facets of theatre and dance, while at the same time learning the vital and transferable attributes of critical analysis, problem solving, and belief in one's own contributions, creativity and ideas. Using standards of professional practice, the department of Theatre and Dance is dedicated to student learning and to providing the best broad based education that university resources will provide.

The Mission of the department is to provide a high quality, broad-based liberal arts undergraduate theatre and/or dance education through the academic rigor of scholarship, theory and practice.  We are committed to the following goals:     

    To prepare students for multi-various careers in which they can apply the principles of creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.

    To provide rigorous academic study in the tradition of a liberal arts education that will prepare students for future graduate study, assistantships, professional work and internships.

    To maintain professional standards in the creation/production process.

    To provide students with one-on-one mentorship in an inclusive, supportive environment that will allow them to excel intellectually and creatively.

    To teach students the skills necessary to cope with the complex human, societal, and technological issues of modern society by remaining at the forefront of intellectual thought in our scholarship and creative work.

    To provide opportunities outside the standard curriculum through professional workshops, guest artists, and educational travel.