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2019-2020 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog


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. degree requirements or the B.S. degree requirements.

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 for the Theatre Program

And two of the following:

Theatre Core (Credits: 35)

Design/Tech/Management Area (Credits: 8)

Two of the following:

Tech labs. Take two, one credit sections of applied theatre practice corresponding to the courses selected from the design/tech/management areas above.

Theatre Studies Area (Credits: 12)

Performance Area (Credits: 9)

Advanced Theatre Study (Credits: 6)

Two of the following, one of which must be a design course selected from THE 367, THE 368, or THE 369.

Theatre Electives (Credits: 12)

Elective credit courses 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 the core requirements have been satisfied. Elective credit for THE 298 is available only after satisfying the tech lab requirement.

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

Capstone Requirement (Credits: 3)

All students majoring in theatre must take THE 495 (three credits) during their senior year. This Capstone course offers a synthesis of ideas and theories about one or more current critical issues in theatre.

Suggested Pattern of Coursework for a Major in Theatre

Guidelines for completing the theatre major (check specific major requirements with your 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 co-curricular theatre program.

Freshman Year

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

Sophomore Year

*Two credits, one credit each, of THE 298 in concert with the two technical theatre classes selected.

Two of the following:

Junior and Senior Year

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

Design courses

Other courses that can fulfill the additional course requirement.



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