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Minor in Theatre

If you have an interest in the performing arts, consider adding a minor in theatre to your plan of study.

Whether your passion is performing under the bright lights on the main stage or keeping things running smoothly from the back-of-house, knowledge about the theatre and performing arts will enhance your career preparation and enrich your major.

Earning a theatre minor enables you to use your creative talents and energies—and gain important skills useful for careers in business, communication, education, history, music, studio art, and other fields.

Why choose a minor in theatre at Marian?

  • A theatre minor complements a range of bachelor's degree programs. You will gain leadership, communication, organization, teamwork, and problem-solving skills through hands-on learning about the theatre arts.
  • Acquire broad knowledge and training. You'll collaborate and work with active, professional local theatre professionals, gaining understanding and awareness about how the theatre complements and engages with other academic discipline, like business and education.
  • Get personal attention and one-on-one mentoring from faculty recognized for their teaching and professional expertise thanks to Marian’s close-knit campus community and small class sizes. Build relationships with professors and peers that last a lifetime.
  • Complete courses taught by theatre professionals and faculty who work throughout the city, state, and region.

What will you study?

To earn a minor in theatre at Marian, you will complete at least 18 credit hours of theatre coursework. 

View theatre courses offered in the Marian University course catalogue.

What are your career paths?

Earning a minor in theatre will provide you with skills that can be applied in virtually any career that calls for:

  • Good communication skills, including writing and public speaking
  • Problem-solving skills like resourcefulness, versatility, and flexibility
  • Collaboration, cooperation, and teamwork
  • Creativity and critical thinking, especially in ways that may seem unconventional
  • Initiative, meeting deadlines, filling seats, and selling out performances
  • A can-do, positive, and “the show must go on” attitude

Here are some examples:

Major (B.S. or B.A. degree) Minor Career options
Communication Theatre Publicist for actors, entertainers, or arts organizations. Social media or web content manager. Media relations specialist, corporate spokesperson, or press secretary. Script or news writer.
English Theatre Film, TV, or theatre writer. Comedy, script, or speech writer. Author or novelist.
Finance Theatre Film, TV, or theatre producer. Financial manager for an arts organization. Investment or venture capital manager.
Management Theatre Stage manager or show runner. Arts administrator, department head, or program manager.
Marketing Theatre Advertising specialist, marketing director, sales and ticketing manager, and digital or social media manager.
Secondary education Theatre High school drama teacher, acting coach, and film, TV, or theatre director.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here are employment projections for some of those professions:

Occupation Growth through 2026 Median salary (2016)
Film and video editor; camera operator 13 percent $58,210
Producer and director 12 percent $71,620
Actor 12 percent $17.49 per hour on average
Administrative services manager 10 percent $94,020
Writer and author 8 percent $61,820
High school teacher 8 percent $59,170
Sales manager 7 percent $121,060
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