Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.

Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements to Upper-Division Courses

  • Completion of any combination of at least 9 credits from the Tier 1 General Education Requirements (GERs) with a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher.
  • All students must choose a concentration and complete each of the following courses from the chosen concentration with a grade of C or better in order to take upper-division classes.
Performance Concentration
THR A121Introduction to Acting3
THR A131Theatrical Production Techniques3
THR A132Introduction to Theatrical Design3
THR A221Movement for the Actor3
THR A222Voice for the Actor3
Design and Technical Concentration
THR A121Introduction to Acting3
THR A131Theatrical Production Techniques3
THR A132Introduction to Theatrical Design3
THR A141Stagecraft I3
Dance Concentration
DNCE A121Contemporary Modern I2
DNCE A170Dance Appreciation3
DNCE A262Theory and Improvisation3
THR A121Introduction to Acting3
THR A131Theatrical Production Techniques3
THR A132Introduction to Theatrical Design3

Students in the Theatre and Dance program who do not meet the above standards may not take upper-division courses.

Conditional Admission to Upper-Division Courses

A student classified as being conditionally admitted to upper-division status may take upper-division THR and DNCE courses for one semester only while fulfilling division deficiencies with departmental approval.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfy the General University Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
  2. Complete the General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
  3. Complete the College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.
  4. Complete the major requirements below.

Major Requirements

Mandatory Practicum Requirement

All theatre majors are required to take at least 1 credit of technical practicum per semester for the first three years. Students will meet with the department practicum coordinator to sign up for the semester practicum assignment. Practicum opportunities are available in (but not limited to) the areas of scene shop assistant, costume shop assistant, prop artist or artisan, light shop assistant, master electrician, master carpenter, assistant technical director, cutter/draper, costume crafts, and student publicist assistant.

Core Courses
THR A121Introduction to Acting3
THR A131Theatrical Production Techniques3
THR A132Introduction to Theatrical Design3
Choose one class from the design sequence:3
Scene Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
THR A295Theatre Practicum: Technical6
THR A306Stage Management3
THR A411Theatre History and Theory I3
THR A412Theatre History and Theory II3
THR A450Resume and Portfolio Workshop1
Total Credits28

Choose one the following concentrations: performance, design and technical, or dance.

Performance Concentration
THR A221Movement for the Actor3
THR A222Voice for the Actor3
THR A311Historical Drama3
or THR A312 Contemporary Drama
THR A331Directing I3
Complete 12 credits from the folllowing:12
Playwriting
Scene Study
Theatre Speech and Dialects
Acting Shakespeare
Combat for the Stage
Directing II
Selected Topics in Performance
Total Credits24
Design and Technical Concentration
THR A141Stagecraft I3
Complete the remaining courses in the design sequence:6
Scene Design
Lighting Design
Costume Design
Choose one of the following:3
Historical Drama
Contemporary Drama
Complete 12 credits from the following:12
Advanced Theatre Technologies
Scenic Design II
Theatrical Properties: Design and Construction
Costume Crafts
Costume Construction
CAD for the Arts
Selected Topics in Technical Theatre
Total Credits24
Dance Concentration
DNCE A121Contemporary Modern I2
DNCE A170Dance Appreciation3
DNCE A262Theory and Improvisation3
DNCE A361Approaches to Dance Composition3
DNCE A395Advanced Practicum: Performance2
Complete 11 credits from the following with 4 credits at or above the 200 level:11
Fundamentals of Ballet I
Contemporary Modern I
Dance for Musical Theatre I
Fundamentals of Music-Based Jazz I
Dances of the West African Diaspora I
Popular American Social Dance
Hip Hop and Street Dance Styles I
Fundamentals of Tap I
Contemporary Modern II
Dance for Musical Theatre II
Selected Topics in Dance
Intermediate Contemporary Modern I
Intermediate Contemporary Modern II
Dance Repertory and Performance I
Advanced Practicum: Performance
Advanced Performance and Choreography Workshop
Dance Repertory and Performance II
Selected Topics in Dance
Movement for the Actor
Total Credits24

A total of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper division. 

Honors in Theatre

Students majoring in theatre are eligible to graduate with departmental honors if they satisfy all of the following requirements:

  1. Meet the requirements for a BA in Theatre.
  2. Maintain a grade point average of 3.50 or above in theatre courses applicable to the major requirements.
  3. Complete THR A498 with a minimum grade of B prior to enrolling in THR A499.
  4. Complete THR A499 with a minimum grade of B. The thesis project must be approved in writing in advance by the department faculty and be completed in the senior year. The project must culminate in a public performance or presentation.
  5. Students intending to graduate with departmental honors must notify the department in writing at least one year prior to filing their Application for Graduation with the Office of the Registrar.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a Theatre or Dance option will be able to:

  • Translate creative skills and techniques into performance and/or related technical production areas.
  • Demonstrate integral collaborative communication skills fundamental to performance and/or related technical production areas.
  • Demonstrate theories based on the historical and cultural foundations of theatre, dance and production.
  • Analyze artistic works within an informed critical framework through a variety of contexts and formats such as artistic creation, performance, production and critical analysis.