240 Course Descriptions
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog
STAT U413. Introduction to Stochastic Processes (3) Markov chains;
Poisson processes; introductory renewal theory, Brownian motion and
stationary processes used in mathematical modelling. Prerequisite: C or
better in STAT U410 or consent of instructor.
STAT U512. Mathematical Statistics (3) A comprehensive development
of statistical analysis that builds upon a knowledge of probability and basic
statistics. Topics include sampling distributions, interval and point estimation,
the law of large numbers, limiting distributions, testing hypotheses and order
statistics. Prerequisite: STAT U410 or consent of instructor.
STAT U516. Statistical Methods II (3) More advanced development of
solutions to problems involving statistics. Topics include experimental design,
analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, multiple linear regression,
curvilinear regression, and logistic regression. Prerequisite: MATH U315 or
consent of the instructor.
STAT U598. Topics in Statistics (3) Intensive study in a specialized area of
statistics. Selected topic is based on student interest and faculty expertise.
Prerequisite: MATH U315 or consent of instructor.
STAT U599. Seminar in Statistics (3) Integration of knowledge at an
advanced level, a review of recent developments and models in theoretical
and applied statistics, along with research and oral presentation. Prerequisite:
STAT U301 and MATH U315 or consent of instructor.
THEA U161. Introduction to Theatre Art (3) Understanding and criticism
of dramatic literature, history, and production.
THEA U170. Fundamentals in Acting (3) The technique of body and voice
control, improvisation, interpretation of characters, and characterization
applied in scenes.
THEA U260. Theatre Laboratory (1) Participation in theatre production,
including stage management, direction, costumes, makeup, lighting, sound,
scenery, and business management. No formal class meetings. May be
repeated for a total of four credits.
THEA U261. Rehearsal and Performance (1) Participating in acting in
a University production. No formal class meetings. May be repeated for a
total of four credits. Pass/fail credit.
THEA U300. Script Analysis (1) Methods and techniques of dramatic
textual analysis for theatrical interpretation. Extensive reading of play scripts,
discussion, format writing and presentation leads to enhanced skills in the
navigation of dramatic literature that is historically and stylistically diverse.
Prerequisite: ENGL U102.
THEA U301. Dramatic Theory and Criticism (3) A philosophical, psychological
and social theorist perspective. Analytical writing on topics such as
social context and resonance of the drama, dramatic action, playwriting,
dramatic illusion and Shakespeare is stressed. Prerequisite: ENGL U102 or
consent of instructor.
THEA U310. Stage Makeup (3) Application of the principles of makeup for
the theatre. Current theatre productions will serve as laboratory experiences.
Prerequisite: ENGL U102.
THEA U339. Musical Theatre Voice (3) Study, rehearsal and performance
of musical theatre vocal literature with emphasis on musical theatre style,
stage movement, vocal techniques, and scene study. Recommended for
music majors and theatre majors. Auditions may be required.
THEA U370. Voice for the Actor (3) Group study of the voice in performance,
using applied breath and resonance techniques aimed at enhancing
vocal power for the actor or public speaker. Exercises and text work will be
applied to voice techniques, creating a connection between the word image
and vocal expression for the actor and public speaker. Prerequisite SPCH
U201/U201R; THEA U170 or consent of instructor.
THEA U373. Fundamentals of Play Directing (3) Text analysis and interpretation.
The emphasis is on discovering the intention of the playwright
and on blocking, including picturization and composition, culminating
in each student's production of a one-act play for public presentation.
Prerequisite: THEA U170.
THEA U374. Intermediate Acting (3) Advanced scene and monologue
performance including script analysis and character building. Plays of Classical
Realists will be performed. Prerequisite: THEA U170.
THEA U375. Audition Techniques (3) Exploration and practice of professional
audition decorum, monologue selection, preparation and performance,
cold reading technique and practice, headshot and resumé development
and professional unions. Each student will develop a monologue portfolio
that can be performed at a moment's notice. Prerequisites: THEA U170.
THEA U376. Stage Movement for the Actor (3) Centering, body alignment
and kinetic power influencing the projection of images and ideas. A
studio warm-up and work-out developing the skills for the preparation of a
variety of performance pieces demonstrating kinetic principles, culminating
in a public performance.
THEA U377. Stagecraft (3) Drafting, design and interpretation of drawings
for structural components of sets, lighting and costumes. Using the
current production as a laboratory, students will concentrate on such skills
as the basics of set construction, the computerized lighting system and
THEA U378. Playwriting (3) Script analysis and preparation, dialogue
development, character construction and scene composition. Students write
full length manuscripts and participate in a public performance of readings
from the completed plays. Prerequisite: ENGL 102.
THEA U379. Lighting Design (3) The design and drafting process of lighting
for a stage production. Designing a lighting plot and the role of lighting
as a design element will be included; a research project will be assigned.
Prerequisites: ENGL U102; THEA U161 or consent of instructor.
THEA U380. Scene Design (3) Design and drafting processes necessary for
theatrical scenic design. Text analysis, research and the design for various