Dartmouth College. Department of Theater
The first dramatic performances appeared on campus in 1779, but formal college administrative support began with the appointment of a Director of Theater in 1928. A Drama Major was established in 1962 under the jurisdiction of the English Department. In 1967, an independent Department of Drama was formally established in the Division of the Humanities, drawing faculty from the Hopkins Center theater staff as well as the departments of Classics, English, German, Romance Languages, and Russian.
In 1988, the department was renamed the Department of Drama and Film Studies. Film Studies had been formally introduced at Dartmouth in 1972 with the addition of two full-time teaching assignments to the Drama Department. Prior to 1988, a concentration in Film Studies within the Drama major was available; the department introduced an independent Film Studies major in 1988. When Film Studies became an independent department in 1992, the Department of Drama returned to its original name. The department was renamed the Department of Theater in 2001.