Hiram College

Major and Minor Options

Performing Arts students have the option of pursuing a major or a minor in the program to help meet their future career goals. Majors choose from three pathways: Performance, Tech/Design, and Arts Management and Entrepreneurship.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the major in Performing Arts will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation for the ancient (yet immediate) conventions and complexity of the performing arts by a) analyzing the social and political forces that have influenced and do influence the functions and roles of the performing arts; b) examining reasons why cultures value the performing arts; c) sharing evaluations of texts and performance events using appropriate criteria.
  • Investigate how the performing arts celebrate what it means to be human by a) demonstrating an understanding of how the performing arts illuminate historical, social, political and cultural contexts; b) Identifying similarities and differences between art forms; and c) integrating concepts and skills acquired through other disciplines and life experiences into their work in theatre, music and/or dance.
  • Serve communities as knowledgeable, disciplined and reflective artists who can a) identify significant contributions by writers, performers, designers, technicians, directors, producing organizations and innovators to the field; b) demonstrate appropriate level of craftsmanship in utilizing the tools and technical skills associated within their chosen art form(s), c) create and/or produce meaningful creative work and performance events; d) observe and respond critically to performance as artists, arts leaders and audience members.
  • Anticipate his/her/their next challenge by a) gaining transferable interpersonal and organizational skills through experiences within the performing arts; b) demonstrating professional skills applicable to success in an arts-related career, c) articulating the significance of music, dance and/or theater, as well as the role of the art form(s) within the liberal arts and the benefits of lifelong learning.

Requirements for All Majors

The Performing Arts major requires the completion of at least 10 courses (40 hours) in Performing Arts.  All Performing Arts majors are required to take the following foundational courses:

  • Performance & Society (3)
  • Musicianship I (4)
  • Fundamental Principles of Acting (3) and Acting I (1)
  • Technical Production (3) and Tech Production Lab (1)
  • Beginning Dance (4) or Dance Appreciation (3)
  • One Performing Arts history course (100-300 level)
  • One Performing Arts survey or literature course (100-300 level)

Performance Pathway

The Performance pathway offers significant flexibility to students interested in theatre, music and dance performance, and the creation and direction of performing arts events. Students may select courses that will broaden their current knowledge across art forms, or deepen their knowledge within a specific art form.

It is expected and encouraged that majors with interest and experience in music take private lessons to support solo and ensemble-based endeavors. Music lessons can be taken for 0-2 credit hours. While private lessons from instructors are typically fee-based, scholarships are available for those in need and to students who participates in a student music ensemble.

Performance Pathway Required Courses (12-13 credits)
  • Two performance/technique/writing courses (200-300 level)
  • Senior Capstone (400 level)
Performance Pathway Recommended (minimum 6 credits)
  • One additional electives and/or Independent Study
  • Participation in Performance Experiences (1-2 credits) each year
Performance Pathway offerings that satisfy required & elective courses:  
  • Intro to Music Literature (3)
  • Survey of American Music (3)
  • World Music (3)
  • Musical Theatre (3)
  • Intro to Music Technology (3)
  • Musicianship II (4)
  • Survey in Dramatic Literature (3)
  • Introduction to Theatre (3)
  • The Art of the Theatre (3)
  • Theatre History for the Major (4) & Theatre History for the Non-Major (3)
  • Music and the Brain (3)
  • Shakespeare in Performance (3)
  • Musicianship III (3)
  • Oral Interpretation of Literature (4)
  • Creative Drama (3)
  • Dance Appreciation (3)
  • The Musician as Entrepreneur (3)
  • Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (4)
  • Art of Filmmaking (3)
  • Shakespeare (3)
  • Musical Theatre Dance (3)
  • Ballet/Jazz (3)
  • The Art of Improvisation (4)
  • Craft and Technique of Screenwriting (4)
  • Foundations of Singing: Vocal Pedagogy and Literature (3)
  • Fundamentals of Play Directing (4)
  • Intro to Costume and Make-up (4)
  • Projects in Directing (X)
  • Readings in Dramatic Literature (1)
  • Performance Experiences (1-2)
  • Private Music Lessons (1-2)
  • Independent Study or Internship (4)
  • Senior Capstone Experience (4)

Design/Tech Pathway

Students in the Design/Tech pathway will explore the areas of stage lighting, scenic design, and costume and makeup with course study and hands-on experiences comprised from their own projects and in service to the Performing Arts music, theatre and dance events each year.

Design/Tech Pathway Required Courses (12-13 credits)
  • Two Theory/Practice courses (Scene Design, Stage Lighting, Filmmaking, etc.) (200 level)
  • Senior Capstone (400 level)
Design/Tech Pathway Recommended (minimum 3-4 credits)
  • One additional elective and/or Independent Study
  • Participation in Production Experiences (1-2 credits) each year
Design/Tech Pathway offerings that satisfy required & elective courses:  
  • Color and Design (4)
  • Intro to Music Technology (3)
  • The Art of the Theatre (3)
  • Finding Voice through Quilts (3)
  • Art of Filmmaking (3)
  • Theory and Practice of Scene Design (4)
  • Theory and Practice of Stage Lighting (4)
  • Legend and Lore of the Kilt (3)
  • Intro to Costume and Make-up (4)
  • Production Experiences (1-2)
  • Independent Study or Internship (4)
  • Senior Capstone Experience (4)

Arts Management and Entrepreneurship Pathway

The Arts Management and Entrepreneurship pathway offers students interested in how the performing arts are produced an opportunity to focus their course study in the areas of communication, business and entrepreneurship, an inherent characteristic of the artist and the performing arts.

Arts Management and Entrepreneurship Pathway Required Courses (12-13 credits)
  • Principles of Management
  • One Communications, Economics, Finance or Management courses (200-300 level) and/or Independent Study
  • Senior Capstone (400 level)
Arts Management and Entrepreneurship Pathway Recommended (3-4 credits)
  • One additional Communications, Economics, Finance or Management courses (200-300 level) and/or Independent Study
Arts Management and Entrepreneurship Pathway offerings that satisfy required & electives courses:
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset/Creativity and Innovation
  • Organizational Behavior (4)
  • Organizational Communication (4)
  • Project Management (4)
  • Financial Accounting (4)
  • Managerial Accounting (3)
  • The Musician as Entrepreneur (3)
  • Managing for Sustainability: Organizational Ecology (4)
  • The Musician as Entrepreneur (3)
  • Public Leadership
  • Public Relations (4)
  • Principles of Advertising (3)
  • Principles of Marketing (4)
  • Nonprofit Management (3)
  • Ethics of Collaboration (3)
  • The Entrepreneurial Process (4)
  • Small Business Management (3)
  • Independent Study or Internship (4)
  • Senior Capstone Experience (4)

Performing Arts Minor


The minor in Performing Arts requires a minimum of 20 semester hours from any of the program’s courses but must include:

  • Performance & Society (100 level)
  • One Performing Arts intro, survey or topics course  (100-300 level)
  • One Performing Arts performance/technique/writing based course (200-300 level)

A Performing Arts minor may elect courses from across the pathways for a Performing Arts minor, or they may focus for a minor specifically in Music, Theater, Arts Management or Design/Tech depending on their interests.

For a full course list and descriptions, see the Course Catalog.