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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Theatre

Requirements for a Major in Theatre

A bachelor's degree in theatre requires completion of (1) B.A. or B.S. degree requirements, (2) theatre core, (3) theatre electives, and (4) a theatre Capstone. The Bachelor of Arts requires between 50 and 62 credit hours depending on the number of courses required to demonstrate language proficiency, while the Bachelor of Science requires 59 credit hours.

B.A. and B.S. Degree Requirements

All students selecting a theatre major must choose either the B.A. or the B.S. degree.

B.A. Degree Requirements

The B.A. degree requires a third-semester proficiency in a classical or modern foreign language of the student's choice.

B.S. Degree Requirements

AND two of the following:

Core Courses

Theatre core courses require 35 credits as outlined.

Design/Tech/Management Area

Requires eight credits, including two of the following:

AND two (one-credit) sections of applied theatre practice corresponding to courses selected from design/tech/management areas listed previously:

Theatre Studies Area

Requires 12 credits, including:

Performance Area

Requires nine credits, including:

Advanced Theatre Study

Requires six credits, including two of the following (one must be a design course selected from THE 367, THE 368, or THE 369):

Elective Courses

Requires 12 credits. Electives must be taken in addition to courses taken in the theatre core. Courses not selected to fulfill the theatre core may be taken as electives once core requirements are met. Elective credit for THE 298 is available only after completing tech lab requirement.

A maximum of three credits from THE 490 - Internship may be counted toward the required theatre elective credit. With advisor approval, students can also complete a maximum of six hours of credits in other disciplines related to theatre to apply toward elective requirements (non-THE prefix).


Requires three credits. All students majoring in theatre must take THE 495 as a senior. This course offers a synthesis of ideas and theories about one or more current critical issues in theatre.

Suggested Order of Coursework

The following guidelines are for completing the theatre major. Students should verify specific major requirements with their advisor. This option assumes students will complete the required skills, general education, and required courses working toward a B.S. or B.A. degree. Theatre students are encouraged to avoid taking evening courses where possible, due to rehearsal conflicts in the cocurricular theatre program.

Year One

*THE 161 fulfills the general education Foundations Arts category and is required for the theatre major.

Year Two

Requires two credits (one credit each) of THE 298 in concert with two technical theatre classes, as follows:

AND two of the following:

Years Three and Four

Select one design course and either an additional design course or THE 362 or THE 465.

Design Course

The following courses can fulfill the additional course requirement:

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