Jun 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


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Texas Tech offers nearly 5,000 courses as part of its curriculum. These courses are listed alphabetically by subject prefix within each college and departmental section of this catalog. The courses appear in numerical order, moving from beginning freshman or developmental level courses to graduate, research, and professional courses.

Not all courses listed in this catalog are offered every year. An online class schedule published before each registration period indicates courses that will be available during the upcoming term or semester and when each class will meet. The class schedule can be found at (www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/class_schedule/index.php). The university reserves the right to cancel any scheduled course or withdraw any program from the list of offerings when the best interests of the institution require such action.

Courses are designated by a subject prefix and number along with a descriptive title. Learn more  about interpreting the course descriptions found throughout the catalog.

 

THA - Theatre Arts (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • THA 2305 - Elements of Theatrical Design

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduction to the elements, principles, and techniques of design for contemporary performing arts, including the design and practice of scenery, lighting, costume, and sound.
  
  • THA 2306 - Stage Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: THA 2303  (may be taken concurrently). An in-depth study of the functions and responsibilities of the stage manager in the performing arts.
  
  • THA 2312 - Principles of Acting II

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: DRAM1352 Prerequisite: THA 2302 . Explores representative acting theories in practice with emphasis on given circumstances and character development. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required. May be repeated once for credit.
  
  • THA 3100 - Advanced Practicum: Stage Management

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Experiential learning in Stage Management through theatrical production with an emphasis on leadership opportunities and advanced assignments. May be repeated twice for credit.
  
  • THA 3101 - Advanced Practicum: Scenery and Properties

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Experiential learning in Scenery and Properties through theatrical production with an emphasis on leadership opportunities and advanced assignments. May be repeated twice for credit.
  
  • THA 3102 - Advanced Practicum: Lighting and Sound

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Experiential learning in Lighting and Sound through theatrical production with an emphasis on leadership opportunities and advanced assignments. May be repeated twice for credit.
  
  • THA 3103 - Advanced Practicum: Costume and Make-Up

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Experiential learning in Costuming and Make-Up through theatrical production with an emphasis on leadership opportunities and advanced assignments. May be repeated twice for credit.
  
  • THA 3104 - Advanced Theatre Activities: House Management

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: THA 1104 . Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in house management with emphasis on leadership experiences.
  
  • THA 3105 - Rehearsal and Performance

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Credit for acting or stage managing in departmental productions or acting in approved directing scenes. May be repeated twice for credit.
  
  • THA 3161 - Musical Theatre Voice – Studio

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Individual instruction on proper voice technique for varying musical theatre and bel canto styles, increasing versatility, vocal stamina, and a varied audition repertoire.
  
  • THA 3162 - Musical Theatre Voice – Studio

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Individual instruction on proper voice technique for varying musical theatre and bel canto styles, increasing versatility, vocal stamina, and a varied audition repertoire.
  
  • THA 3208 - Scenic Painting

    2 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: THA 3303  and THA 3304 . Study of the art and craft of scene painting styles and techniques. May be repeated once for credit.
  
  • THA 3302 - Acting Period Styles I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: THA 2312 . Scene study in a spectrum of periods and styles, from the Greeks to Renaissance theatre. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required. Required of B.F.A. acting majors. May be repeated once for credit.
  
  • THA 3303 - Principles of Theatrical Scenery

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in THA 2303 . The study of technical problems of play production. Design, construction, and painting of scenery and properties and special effects. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required.
  
  • THA 3304 - Principles of Theatrical Lighting

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in THA 2303 . Study of the theory and practice of theatrical stage lighting. Elementary electricity, lighting control and instruments, lighting design. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required.
  
  • THA 3305 - Principles of Theatrical Costuming

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in THA 2303 . The study of costume technology, historical dress, and costume design for the stage. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required.
  
  • THA 3306 - Performance Lab I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An immersive learning experience in theatre and dance that explores avenues of production, theory, devising, and development with diverse professional artists in a laboratory setting. May be repeated once for credit.
  
  • THA 3307 - Performance Lab II

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An immersive learning experience in theatre and dance that explores avenues of production, theory, devising, and development with diverse professional artists in a laboratory setting. May be repeated once for credit.
  
  • THA 3308 - History of Theatre I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A comprehensive review of world theatre from its beginning to the 17th century. Fulfills multicultural requirement. (CL)
  
  • THA 3309 - History of Theatre II

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A comprehensive overview of world theatre from the 17th century to the present. Fulfills multicultural requirement. (CL)
  
  • THA 3310 - Auditioning

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: THA 1301 , THA 2302  (may be taken concurrently). A practicum for developing audition techniques and examining guidelines for audition procedures, with emphasis on resume organization and audition material selection and performance.
  
  • THA 3311 - Acting for the Camera

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: THA 2301  or THA 2302  or consent of instructor. Principles of acting for the camera, including industry terms, auditioning, and acting techniques.
  
  • THA 3322 - Acting Period Styles II

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: THA 2312 . Scene study in a spectrum of periods and styles from Restoration to contemporary theatre. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required. May be repeated once for credit.
  
  • THA 3332 - Acting Period Styles III

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: THA 2312 . Scene study in the performance of Shakespearean texts and the conventions and performance styles of Elizabethan theatre. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required. May be repeated once for credit.
  
  • THA 3341 - Advanced Voice for the Actor

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A continuation of the development of the actor’s “neutral” voice, resonating capability, range and quality of tone. Introduces dialects for the stage.
  
  • THA 3342 - Advanced Movement for the Actor

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A continuation of the development of the actor’s physical skill, clarity, and awareness. Emphasizes integrating mind, body, voice, and emotion in all work.
  
  • THA 3343 - Advanced Speech for the Actor

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduction to dialect sound changes and modifications. Exploration of IPA, sociolinguistics, and verse.
  
  • THA 3351 - Theatre in the Community

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Combines community service (creating theatre activities for or with non-profit community organizations that serve at-risk populations) with readings, discussions, and collaborations on societal applications for the performing arts. (CL)
  
  • THA 3361 - Musical Theatre Literature

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Classroom and studio study of musical theatre through the ages, including relevant musical/acting styles and historical context. This course has both a classroom and performance component.
  
  • THA 3362 - History of Musical Theatre

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of the evolution of use of music in theatre from western theatre origins to the present day modern musical with relevant historical context.
  
  • THA 4000 - Projects in Theatre and Dance

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Individual study under the guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated for up to 18 credit hours.
  
  • THA 4110 - Senior Seminar for the B.A. in Theatre

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    A capstone course providing upper-level B.A. majors professional preparation tailored to their individual strengths.
  
  • THA 4161 - Musical Theatre Voice – Studio

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Individual instruction on proper voice technique for varying musical theatre and bel canto styles, increasing versatility, vocal stamina, and a varied audition repertoire.
  
  • THA 4162 - Musical Theatre Voice – Studio

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Individual instruction on proper voice technique for varying musical theatre and bel canto styles, increasing versatility, vocal stamina, and a varied audition repertoire.
  
  • THA 4208 - Professional Career Management

    2 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. An overview of the various aspects of developing and managing a career in the performing arts including portfolios, personal websites, resume writing, portfolio development, and contract evaluation for theatrical design and technology.
  
  • THA 4300 - Script Analysis

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A study of dramatic structure and methods of script analysis as a preparation for writing, directing, designing, performing, and criticizing plays.
  
  • THA 4302 - Stage Directing Methods

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, THA 2302 , THA 3303 , THA 3304 , and THA 3305 . Study and practice of fundamental principles and techniques of directing. Student direction of representative plays. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required.
  
  • THA 4303 - Theory and Practice of Playwriting

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: THA 4300 . Study of the techniques of dramaturgy. Practical work in the writing of drama. May be repeated once for credit.
  
  • THA 4308 - Topics in Theatre History

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: THA 4300  and either THA 3308  or THA 3309 . Advanced topics course to integrate history, drama, production, and theory around a focused era or subject. May be repeated up to three times for credit.
  
  • THA 4309 - Scenic Design Studio

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Study of theory and practice of theatrical scene design. May be repeated twice for credit.
  
  • THA 4310 - Costume Design Studio

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Theory and practice of costume design for technical production. May be repeated twice for credit.
  
  • THA 4311 - Lighting Design Studio

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Study of the theory, process, and practice in lighting design for theatre, opera, and dance. May be repeated twice for credit.
  
  • THA 4319 - Sound Design Studio

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. An exploration of the concepts and techniques of sound design for live performance structured around the typical workflow of a sound designer for a theatrical production.
  
  • THA 4335 - Topics in Design/Technology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An investigation of advanced topics such as design theory, specific design styles or approaches, rendering techniques, draping and patterning, costume crafts, digital technologies, etc. Topic varies. May be repeated up to eight times for credit.
  
  • THA 4336 - Drafting for the Theatre and Entertainment Fields

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Students will study and implement computer-aided drafting techniques specific to the theatre and entertainment fields, increasing their marketable skills. May be repeated once for credit.
  
  • THA 4337 - Computer Rendering for the Theatre and Entertainment Fields

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Students will study and implement computer-aided rendering techniques for theatrical presentation, increasing their marketable skills. May be repeated once for credit.
  
  • THA 4340 - Period Styles for Design

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced and in-depth research of historical periods for use in theatrical design.
  
  • THA 4361 - Musical Theatre Performance I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Designed to train the student artist in styles/genres of musical theatre performance focusing on solo and duet performance/study, culminating in a public showcase.
  
  • THA 4462 - Musical Theatre Performance II

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Designed to train the student artist in styles/genres of musical theatre performance, focusing on ensemble and scene study/performance and culminating in a public showcase.

THA - Theatre Arts (Graduate Courses)

  
  • THA 5300 - Dramatic Analysis

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of dramatic structures and script analysis methods as a preparation for writing, directing, designing, performing, and criticizing plays.
  
  • THA 5301 - Playwriting I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: THA 5300 . Basic graduate-level study in the theory and practice of playwriting, focusing on crafting the short play.
  
  • THA 5302 - Playwriting II

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: THA 5301 . Instruction and practice in crafting the full-length play script. May be repeated once for credit.
  
  • THA 5303 - Scenic Design Studio

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced work in the process of designing for the stage. Includes work on models, sketches, renderings, and theatre drafting. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • THA 5304 - Lighting Design Studio

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced work in theatrical lighting design with an emphasis on the use of light as artistic expression. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • THA 5305 - Costume Design Studio

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced work in the total process of designing costumes for the stage through design projects for representative plays. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • THA 5306 - Theatre History Survey

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A survey of the major periods and traditions of world theatre and various approaches to theatre historiography. Required of all theatre arts doctoral students.
  
  • THA 5307 - Performance Lab I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An immersive learning experience in theatre and dance which asks students to explore avenues of production, theory, devising, and development with diverse professional artists in a laboratory setting. May be repeated once for credit.
  
  • THA 5308 - Advanced Performance Lab II

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An immersive learning experience in theatre and dance which asks students to explore avenues of production, theory, devising, and development with diverse professional artists in a laboratory setting. May be repeated once for credit.
  
  • THA 5309 - Seminar in Theatre History

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Consideration of the theatre of a specific historical epoch, or the comparative study of the theatre of several periods. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • THA 5310 - Historical and Critical Perspectives in Theatre Arts

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Historical and critical overview of the field including introduction to major theories and methodologies; study of particular artists; works or movements that provide insight into specific creative techniques; basic media and techniques of the field; and interdisciplinary relationships with the other arts.
  
  • THA 5311 - Advanced Directing

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Undergraduate directing course or consent of instructor. Study of procedures and techniques of directing. Enrollment in noncredit lab is required.
  
  • THA 5312 - Theatre Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of university, community, and professional theatre management with special attention to policy making, audience building, play selection, staff organization, budget preparation, and relationships with governmental and private agencies and foundations.
  
  • THA 5313 - Dramatic Criticism

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Principles of dramatic criticism from Aristotle to the present day.
  
  • THA 5314 - Theatre Arts in Contemporary Context

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of contemporary issues in the field: Current artistic trends, theory and criticism, organization (e.g., funding, administration), and cultural policy (e.g., education, assessment, multi-cultural issues, censorship).
  
  • THA 5315 - Reading Playscripts

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Reading and analysis of numerous playscripts and a study of the way in which they are produced in performance.
  
  • THA 5316 - Marketing the Arts

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An approach to the field of current theories and practices of arts marketing.
  
  • THA 5317 - Funding the Arts

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A seminar in locating and arranging funding for arts organizations.
  
  • THA 5318 - Advocacy for the Arts

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of the importance and impact of external environments on the formation, production, and funding of arts activities.
  
  • THA 5319 - Sound Design Studio

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An exploration of the concepts and techniques of sound design for live performance structured around the typical workflow of a sound designer for a theatrical production.
  
  • THA 5320 - Theatre Planning

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A study of the planning and design of theatre facilities.
  
  • THA 5321 - Playwriting III

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in THA 5301  or consent of instructor. Study of selected topics in the theory and practice and process of playwriting.
  
  • THA 5322 - New Script Production

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Practical work for playwrights participating in the production of their original full-length scripts.
  
  • THA 5323 - Collaboration for Theatre

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. An in-depth and practical study of the collaborative process and interpersonal relationships within the entertainment industry from the research to the production phase.
  
  • THA 5324 - The Teaching of Acting

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of modern theories and practices of acting and actor training. Design of the acting course.
  
  • THA 5325 - Period Styles in Acting

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Scene study in various periods ranging from Ancient Greece through Medieval, Spanish Golden Age, Jacobean, Restoration, and beyond. Enrollment in non-credit lab is required.
  
  • THA 5326 - Seminar in Directing Methods

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A study of the methods of selected modern directors and directing theories.
  
  • THA 5327 - Special Problems in Directing

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Individual directing project on or off campus. Project must be approved by instructor before enrollment.
  
  • THA 5328 - Special Problems in Playwriting

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: THA 5301 . Advanced study in developing, writing, and revising play scripts. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • THA 5329 - Advanced Scene Study

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Scene study in realist and contemporary acting styles. Various approaches to acting in 20th century drama. Enrollment in non-credit lab is required. Required of all first-year acting and directing M.F.A. students.
  
  • THA 5331 - Studies in Contemporary Theatre

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A seminar in contemporary theatre theories and practices.
  
  • THA 5333 - Studies in the Production of Pre-Modern Drama

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A study of the problems of producing classical, Elizabethan, French neo-classic, Restoration, and eighteenth-century drama for present-day audiences.
  
  • THA 5334 - Topics in Acting

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    In-depth workshop in specific acting styles, genres, national and ethnic theatres, and techniques or training.
  
  • THA 5335 - Topics in Design/Technology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    In-depth exploration and research of advanced topics, including design styles, rendering techniques, costume crafts, digital technologies, etc. with a pedagogical component. Topic varies.
  
  • THA 5336 - Drafting for the Theatre and Entertainment Fields

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Students will study and implement computer-aided drafting techniques specific to the theatre and entertainment fields, increasing their marketable skills.
  
  • THA 5337 - Computer Rendering for the Theatre and Entertainment Fields

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Students will study and implement computer-aided rendering techniques for theatrical presentation, increasing their marketable skills. May be repeated once for credit.
  
  • THA 5340 - Period Styles for Design

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced and in-depth research of historical periods for use in theatrical design.
  
  • THA 5341 - Seminar in Dramatic Theory

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: An undergraduate major in theatre arts or consent of instructor. The consideration of a specific theoretical approach to the theatre or the comparative study of several theoretical approaches. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • THA 5343 - Graduate Movement for the Actor

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Physical story-telling with complimentary focus on conditioning, balance, well-being, and nutrition. Students learn fundamental principles of human gesture, neutral/epic body, while developing keener kinesthetic awareness.
  
  • THA 5344 - Pedagogy in Theatre Arts

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduces educational methodologies and offers opportunities for in-class teaching with an emphasis on creating life-long learners of the theatrical disciplines in higher education.
  
  • THA 5345 - Graduate Voice for the Actor

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Integration of healthy vocal use and principles to support storytelling, song, and vocal extremes. Research into a variety of voice practitioners and their methods.
  
  • THA 5346 - Graduate Speech for the Actor

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Acquisition and modification of global accents and dialects for storytelling, and research into existing sociolinguistic stereotypes.  Students will broaden understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet.
  
  • THA 5350 - Seminar in Theatre Research Methods

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examination of research and critical processes in dramatic history, theory, and performance or production through current philosophical orientations, methodologies, and techniques.
  
  • THA 5351 - Mentoring Community Outreach in the Arts

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Methods of utilizing performing arts in community outreach to underserved populations. Combines pedagogical theory with mentorship of undergraduates. May be repeated once for credit.
  
  • THA 5372 - Dramaturgy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of the role of the dramaturgy in the theatre with emphasis on research, artistic collaboration, and the development of new works.
  
  • THA 6000 - Master’s Thesis

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
  
  • THA 6001 - Internship

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Service assignment in an arts organization for students in the graduate theatre and dance program. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • THA 7000 - Research

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  
  • THA 8000 - Doctor’s Dissertation

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours

TSI - Texas Success Initiative Courses: Math

  
  • TSI 0202 - Developmental Math I: Introductory Algebra


    This is the first of a two-course sequence of developmental mathematics courses designed to help students improve their basic math and algebra skills while fulfilling TSI compliance requirements. This course is designed to teach students basic algebra skills to prepare them for TSI 0320 . There are four major topics: one-variable linear equations, two-variable linear equations, systems of two-variable linear equations, and operations on polynomials. Students must earn an A, B, or C in the course to progress to TSI 0320 . Not applicable to any degree program. Course will not count toward full time enrollment. Students must earn an A, B, or C in the course to progress to TSI 0320 . Not applicable to any degree program. Course will not count toward full time enrollment.
  
  • TSI 0320 - Developmental Math II: Intermediate Algebra


    This is the second of a two-course sequence of developmental mathematics courses designed to help students improve their basic math and algebra skills while fulfilling TSI compliance requirements. This course is designed to teach students the algebra skills necessary to be successful in college-level mathematics. There are four major topics: factoring polynomials, rational expressions and equations, radical expressions and equations, and quadratic equations. Students are assigned to this course based on testing and evaluation. This course is not for credit and does not count toward full time enrollment. Students must earn an A, B, or C to pass the course and fulfill TSI math requirements.
 

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