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: 64.5-71.5.

Students with the intent to major must complete the following courses during their first four semesters:
     THE 101 Introduction to Theatre
     THE 104 Practicum in Costuming
     THE 105 Practicum in Stage Lighting
     THE 106 Practicum in Stagecraft
     THE 120 Acting: Stage Movement / Voice
     THE 134 Production Management
     THE 135 Stagecraft
     THE 141 Theatre Workshop I
     THE 142 Theatre Workshop II
     THE 150 Text Analysis
     THE 230 Designing for the Performer

All majors or intended majors are required to take 1 credit of Theatre Workshop (THE 141, 142, 143, 144) per semester.  THE 141, 142, 143, and 144 may be repeated only once for credit.  Please see a Theatre advisor for information on exceptions to this Theatre 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).

The above 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:
     THE 101 Introduction to Theatre
     THE 104 Practicum in Costuming
     THE 105 Practicum in Stage Lighting
     THE 106 Practicum in Stagecraft
     THE 120 Acting: Stage Movement/Voice
     THE 134 Production Management
     THE 135 Stagecraft
     THE 141 Theatre Workshop I (to be repeated once)
     THE 142 Theatre Workshop II (to be repeated once)
     THE 143 Theatre Workshop III (to be repeated once)
     THE 144 Theatre Workshop IV (to be repeated once)
     THE 150 Text Analysis
     THE 170 Public Speaking
     THE 220 Acting: Scene Study
     THE 230 Designing for the Performer
     THE 325 Directing
     THE 351 Dramatic Literature and Theatre History I
     THE 352 Dramatic Literature and Theatre History II
     THE 353 Dramatic Literature and Theatre History III

Take three courses:

     A. Take any two design courses:
          THE 331 Scene Design
          THE 334 Costuming I
          THE 335 Stage Lighting or THE 337 Sound Design
     B. Take either THE 221 Acting: Stage Voice or an additional design course from the above choices (for a total of three design courses).

Theatre Electives (15 credits total)

     A. Take any two 100/200 level Theatre courses (6 credits total)

     B. Take any three 300/400 level Theatre courses, at least one of which must be at the 400 level (9 credits total)

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

Each Theatre major must enroll in 1 credit of Theatre Workshop each semester the student is a Theatre major (maximum of 8 credits).

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