Theatre: History/Literature


It all starts with a script. As a minor in theatre: history/literature, you can unlock the power of the written word to create magic on the stage and elsewhere.

Why Minor in Theatre: History/Literature?

Focus on the words, traditions and cultural perspectives that bring the theatre to life. Complement your major by sharpening critical thinking skills, engaging deeply with a text and crafting compelling essays. Use your understanding of the past as a springboard to innovate what can be done today.

Why Study Theatre at CSUN?

Live the World of Theatre

The curriculum is designed to give students the experience of staging a production from start to finish. We cast, rehearse and mount at least seven full-length productions throughout the year. As a student you can audition to be part of the cast or volunteer to be part of the technical crew.

Professional Performance Spaces

Our campus boasts the 400-seat Campus Theatre, the 200-seat Little Theatre and a black box theatre inside The Soraya. You will also have access to a rehearsal room, scene shop, costume shop and lighting design studio.

National Recognition

The Theatre Department is accredited by National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). CSUN Theatre is also a member of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Students regularly attend the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and have been recognized for their work there. Featured alumni include Charles Martin Smith, Teri Garr, and Donald Petrie.

What You'll Learn

You'll acquire the tools to engage with theatre from an analytical perspective. You will complete surveys of theatre and drama across different time periods and locations. You will conduct the research required to stage period plays with thoughtfulness and care.

In your upper-division classes, you will have the chance to deepen your interest in specific cultural traditions and periods. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Classical theatre
  • Contemporary theatre
  • Musical theatre
  • Theatrical theory and criticism
  • Theatre of Latin America
  • Theatre of Asia


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