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Theatre, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre that may be entered into during the third year. All freshman and transfer students entering the Department of Theatre are initially classified as Theatre Foundation students. After successfully completing the first two years of core theatre courses in their foundation areas of emphasis, students apply for admission into a specific degree program (B.F.A. or B.A.) in theatre. The B.A. is designed for students who want a program with a strong emphasis in theatre combined with a strong liberal arts component, and a minor (or other course of directed study) in an area other than theatre.

Student participation in both credit- and noncredit-bearing department activities will be required. Students matriculating in School of the Arts degree programs are bound by the policies and procedures stipulated in this bulletin and in any other current handbook or policy document adopted by the individual programs.

Because of the environment that exists in the Department of Theatre, all aspects of theatre as art, craft, business and education are experienced together. The curriculum immerses students in the practicalities of theatre. Throughout the four years, students work with voice, body and imagination; this practical application, combined with a strong liberal arts component and a minor (or course of directed study), offers a wide field of academic and human experience.

Degree requirements for Theatre, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Demonstrate successful application of theatrical knowledge.
  • Demonstrate successful application of liberal arts knowledge.
  • Demonstrate successful application of performance and design skills.
General Education requirements Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
Additional School of the Arts requirements (minimum 9 credits)  
Approved General Education electives 9
Collateral requirements (27 credits)  
ENGL 401 Shakespeare, other play-reading course or 300-level ENGL course 3
Foreign language 6
Electives (minor or directed course of study) 18
Major requirements (55 credits)  
THEA 103 Stagecraft 3
THEA 104 Costume Construction 3
THEA 113 Introduction to Acting I 3
THEA 114 Introduction to Acting II or SPCH 121 Effective Speech 3
THEA 201 Voice and Speech for the Actor I and THEA 202 Voice and Speech for the Actor II (or Art Foundation, design, stage management or theatre practicum elective equivalent) 6
THEA 203 Movement for the Actor I and THEA 204 Movement for the Actor II (or Art Foundation, design or stage management elective equivalent) 6
THEA 211 Introduction to Drama 3
THEA 213 Acting I and THEA 214 Acting II (or Art Foundation, design or stage management elective equivalent) 6
THEA 221 Introduction to Scene Design, THEA 227 Introduction to Theatrical Makeup, THEA 228 Introduction to Costume Design or THEA 229 Introduction to Lighting Design 3
THEA 307-308 History of the Theatre 6
THEA/AFAM 303 Black Theatre, THEA 403 History of Dramatic Literature, THEA 404 History of Dramatic Literature, THEA 423 Modern Drama or THEA 424 Modern Drama 3
THEA 415 The Business of Theatre 4
THEA electives (300- or 400-level) 6
Open electives (8 credits)  
Open electives (300- or 400-level) 8
Total minimum requirement 120

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