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Penn State York Adds Theatre Minor

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8/10/2007 —

Current students at Penn State York and those considering the campus as their choice for higher education will have an opportunity to pursue a theatre minor beginning in the fall.  While new to the campus, this is not a new academic minor at the University.

“We think this addition of a minor in theatre provides college-bound students in our service area one more reason to seriously consider Penn State York.   We are proud of this wonderful addition to our curriculum,” said Joseph McCormick, director of academic affairs at York.  “The theatre minor will create the opportunity for collaboration between Penn State York faculty and students and local and regional theatre companies, thus enhancing the relationship between theory and practice.”

Penn State’s theatre minor is designed to be an enhancement to a major area of study and personal enrichment.   While a student in any major may earn a theatre minor, York currently offers nine baccalaureate majors that can be completed at the campus and the minor is a fitting complement to four of the majors:  American Studies, Communication Arts and Sciences, English, and Letters Arts, and Sciences.  Introductory theatre courses have been offered at the campus for a number of years. 

The theatre minor requirement is 18 credits.  Theatre 100 is a required course for the minor and is an experimental survey of all aspects of the living.   Theatre 410, an advanced script analysis course, is also a required course.  Students choose from a variety of other courses to complete the minor.

Students in the minor at York will be able to take advantage of the campus’ newest facility, the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (Pullo Center) which opened in August 2005.  The 1,016-seat state-of-the-art theatre is hailed as one of the finest, most modern facilities among the Penn State campuses.   Prior to the Pullo Center’s opening, the campus was considering the academic programs that might benefit from the resources of this new facility with its full production capabilities.    Joel M. Rodney, chancellor at Penn State York, pursued discussions with the University’s College of Arts & Architecture and earlier this summer the minor was officially approved for fall 2007.

Members of Penn State York’s Drama Club will also benefit from the addition of the theatre minor.  The minor will allow them to earn academic credit as well as pursue their artistic interests and projects.   All students will have the opportunity to earn academic credit through courses related to the minor.  

For more information on Penn State York’s new theatre minor please call the Admissions office at (717) 771-4040 or the Advising and Career Center at (717) 771-4053.    Information is also available on the Web by clicking on academics and reviewing baccalaureate minors.

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