dance and pre-med? not a problem!
One of the hallmarks of the Department is the chance to pursue other academic interests in addition to intensive theatre and dance training. As a result, we have attracted a community of students with incredibly diverse interests, experience, and talents.
“I was able to really grow in more than just the field of theatre. I was able to grow in many different areas, and I think that is one of the joys of a liberal arts education.”
—Phil Haas '05
Double Majors and Multidisciplinary Studies
The Theatre & Dance curriculum is designed to be both rigorous and flexible, allowing you to pursue your interests in multiple theatre and dance disciplines or in other fields of study entirely. Many of our students take at least a minor in addition to their major, or select more than one concentration within theatre and dance (for example, directing and acting, dance performance and education).
One of Muhlenberg's great advantages is the personal attention of your academic advisor, who will help you carefully plan your coursework to fulfill your academic requirements. Talk to your advisor about your plans and goals, and he or she will help you figure out how to achieve them.
Here are just some of the multidisciplinary options available to you.
- Musical Theatre studies
Muhlenberg provides excellent training to students with an interest in musical theatre performance. Students typically combine training in our Dance and Theatre programs with courses in Muhlenberg's excellent Music Department. Find out more.
- Arts Administration
The Business Program offers the arts administration concentration as an option within the business major. Many students combine this concentration with studies in theatre or dance—great preparation for a career behind the scenes in the performing arts, or for running a performing arts-related business, such as a dance studio or a theatre company.
- Dance Medicine / Dance Therapy
Combining a major in dance with a major in biology, physiology, neuroscience, or psychology — or a major/minor program in those fields — is excellent preparation for a career in physical therapy, dance therapy, movement therapy, or dance medicine. Muhlenberg has an excellent Pre-Health Program, which helps students carefully select courses to meet the requirements of their major as well as medical schools' admission requirements.
Muhlenberg also offers a six-year cooperative program with Thomas Jefferson University, at the end of which students receive their Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from Muhlenberg and their doctorate degree in physical therapy from Thomas Jefferson. Find out more.
- Arts Education
Students interested in teaching the performing arts often take courses in theatre and dance while pursuing certification through the College's Education Program. Education courses may also benefit those interested in performing children's theatre, or in operating a dance or theatre school for children, and many students interested in teaching dance join the teaching staff of the Muhlenberg Community Dance Center youth programs.
Students interested in playwriting often take a theatre major with a creative writing minor, concentrating in performance studies, acting, or directing.
- Literary & Dramatic Studies
This is a popular choice for students with an interest in textual studies and in bringing literary studies and theory to bear in the context of the literature of the stage, either as academics or as theatre practitioners.
- Multidisciplinary Theatre & Dance Studies
Theatre majors can easily complete at least two concentrations within the major: acting, directing, stage management, design and technology, and performance studies.
While dance majors do not specifically declare a concentration, they do have the option to focus their studies in one or more particular area: performance, choreography, dance science, and dance scholarship.
Many other students pursue completely unrelated academic interests, ranging from mathematics to pre-law. Remember that all Muhlenberg students are welcome to take courses in the Theatre & Dance Department, regardless of their major — so if you want to continue to explore the performing arts while you prepare for your medical career, we encourage you to do it!
- The Dance Program
- The Theatre Program
- Design & Technology for Theatre & Dance
- Musical Theatre Training
- Dual Majors & Multidisciplinary Studies
- Study Abroad
- Performance & Design Opportunities
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Photo: Professor Charles Richter teaches a class in the Trexler lobby. Photo by Tom Amico.