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The minor in theatre can complement nearly any major at Bethel. It will introduce you to the basic fundamentals of theatre, and equip you with universal skills—such as adaptability, critical thinking, and communication—that will make you stand out in any career you choose.

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Why should I study theatre?

As part of a society that is constantly "plugged in," we are drastically losing our ability to talk to and connect with other human beings. Theatre breaks students out of their shells and asks them to seek a deep understanding of the human condition. This means occasionally upsetting the status quo in an effort to better empathize with our complex culture—both present and past. 

Generally, students pursuing a theatre minor are interested in two things: engaging their passions, and acquiring skills (such as communication and confidence presenting in front of a crowd) that will make them stand out from future competitors. 

What can I do with this degree?

Most of our students pursue a theatre minor to support their primary area of study. From computer science to English, communication, teaching, art, reconciliation studies, world languages, business, nursing, and so many more, this minor pairs well with practically any major field offered at Bethel. 

What skills will I develop?

  • Artistic expression
  • Stage presence
  • Creativity
  • Adaptability
  • Critical thinking
  • Practical problem solving
  • Collaboration
  • Understanding and empathy
  • Effective communication
  • Focus and perseverance

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Participate in major productions

Our streamlined theatre minor is designed to give you the flexibility necessary to participate in any or all of our three major yearly productions. Our productions are very diverse, incorporating the use of many different periods and genres, and performed using multiple configurations (thrust, arena, proscenium).

Take on additional learning opportunities

The Twin Cities offers many opportunities for students looking to enhance their study of theatre with real-world experiences. Not only can our well-connected faculty work with you to identify these opportunities—they will also bring opportunities to campus for you.

Be part of a supportive and collaborative department

We want you to be successful in both theatre and your major field of study. That's why we've streamlined our minor to 18 credits. We maintain strong relationships with other departments—working across disciplines to support your professional growth. Our tight community strives to reflect the Body of Christ as described by Paul in Romans 12:4: "Just as each of us is one body with many members and these do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body."