Department of Theatre

BA in Theatre

The Department of Theatre offers a four-year program leading to a B.A. degree in Theatre. An undergraduate degree in Theatre offers valuable preparation for careers in educational or professional theatrical activities, as well as other nonrelated disciplines.

All students are reminded that, in addition to meeting departmental requirements for the major, they must also meet the requirements of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences as well as the Core Curriculum requirements.

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core Curriculum) required for the major: 59-62.5.

All majors or intended majors are required to take .5 credits of Theatre Workshop (THE 141, 142, 143, 144) each semester (maximum of 4 credits required). THE 141, 142, 143, and 144 may be repeated only twice for credit. Please see a Theatre advisor for information on exceptions to this Workshop policy.

Theatre students who fail to maintain a 2.5 GPA in Theatre courses and a 2.0 overall GPA may not be allowed to participate in Department productions in either an acting or technical capacity (except for lab duties or requirements related to coursework). These GPA standards are required for graduation and a grade of C– or better is required in all Theatre courses.

Students are encouraged to meet with the faculty or staff whenever questions arise or problems occur.

The following courses are required (all courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted):  

Foundations/Practicums (17.5 credits)

THE 101 Introduction to Theatre
THE 104 Practicum in Costuming (1.5 credits)
THE 105 Practicum in Stage Lighting (1.5 credits)
THE 106 Practicum in Stagecraft (1.5 credits)
THE 134 Production Management and Stagecraft
THE 141-144 Theatre Workshop I (.5 credits for eight semesters, total: 4 credits)
THE 170 Public Speaking

History/Literature (12 credits)

THE 150 Text Analysis
THE 351 Dramatic Literature and Theatre History I
THE 352 Dramatic Literature and Theatre History II
THE 353 Dramatic Literature and Theatre History III

Design (12 credits)

THE 230 Fundamentals of Design 
Take three (3) design courses: 
THE 331 Scenic Design
THE 334 Costume Design
THE 335 Lighting Design
THE 337 Sound Design                               

Acting (12 credits)

THE 120 Acting: Stage Movement
THE 220 Acting: Scene Study
THE 221 Acting: Stage Voice
THE 322 Acting: Contemporary Methods

Electives (6 credits)

Two (2) Theatre courses (other than THE 190 and/or THE 290), at least one of which must be at the 200 level or above.

Capstone (3 credits)

THE 495 Theatre Capstone

Electives from other departments may be taken in lieu of Theatre courses if approved by a Theatre Department vote. 

Suggested areas of emphasis include: Performance, Design, Technical Theatre, and Dramatic Literature & Theatre History.