Academic Catalog

Theatre (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Theatre is designed to introduce students to the multiple facets of theatre scholarship and theatre practice. It provides a flexible and extensive education in dramatic literature, theatre history, performance practice and theatrical design for students interested in careers in theatre and related entertainment arts, education, communication and television, and other professions.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the program include an audition or interview with the Theatre Faculty and satisfying the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.

Matriculation: All students in baccalaureate theatre degree programs begin as B.A. students and subsequently may change to the B.F.A. program depending on interest and ability. Classes for theatre students begin immediately in the freshman year. Students should consult with departmental advisors before beginning the program.


Program Requirements

Candidates must complete a minimum of 120 credits in course work, including satisfaction of the University General Education requirementsCollege degree requirements, and specific theatre courses required in the individual degree and/or concentrations. The minimum grade for each course required in the major, which must be taken in the Department of Theatre, must be no less than a C-minus in order for the course credit to count toward completion of the degree.Students must be current in their plan of work and all Basic Competency courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the Capstone course. Departmental information published in this Bulletin is intended for use in conjunction with advising, but in all cases, regardless of advice given, students are responsible for meeting and satisfying requirements as set forth in this Bulletin.

All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts governing undergraduate scholarship  and  degrees, as well as with the requirements of the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance.  

General Education Course Progress: Majors must complete the Basic Composition (BC) requirement by the time forty-five credits have been earned, the Oral Communication (OC) and Intermediate Composition (IC) requirement by the time sixty credits have been earned. Failure to meet these limits on matriculation will result in the student being placed on departmental probation: the student will be ineligible to be cast in or participate as a member of the artistic/production staff of department productions. Transfer students will be reviewed upon entry into the major for compliance with these standards and advised as needed.

Major Fundamental Requirements: All students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre must complete the following courses:

THR 1111Fundamentals of Theatre3
THR 1121Play Analysis3
THR 1211Acting I3
THR 1411Fundamentals of Crafts: Scenery and Costumes3
THR 1451Principles of Makeup1
THR 1461Fundamentals of Crafts: Lighting and Stage Management3
THR 5841Theatre History I3
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Voice and Movement
Introduction to Design for the Theatre
Applied Theatre Studies: Community Possibilities
Applied Theatre Studies: Theatre in Education
Total Credits22

Major Requirements: Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree must complete a minimum of forty-five credits, distributed as below.

THR 5811Development of the Drama I: Greek to Eighteenth Century3
THR 5812Development of the Drama II: Nineteenth Century to Modern3
THR 5993Writing Intensive Course in Theatre0
THR 4997Theatre Capstone Experience3
History and Dramatic Literature
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Black Theatre and Performance
Musical Theatre Appreciation
Black Dramatic Literature and Performance
Pioneers of the Modern Theatre
Theatre History II
Theatre Practicum
Select six credits of the following:6
Theatre Studio - Performance (Max. 3)
Theatre Studio - Scenery/Lighting (Max. 3)
Theatre Studio - Costumes (Max. 3)
Theatre Studio - Stage Management (Max. 3)
Theatre Studio - Theatre Management (Max. 3)
Theatre Studio - Running Crew (Max. 3)
Theatre Studio - Production (Max. 3)
Department Electives
Select 5-6 credits of THR courses chosen in consulatation with academic advisor5-6
Total Credits23-24

Theatre Honors Programs (B.A. degrees)

In order to enter the Departmental honors program students must have achieved academic excellence in previous work, such as a high school G.P.A. of 3.5 or a college or university G.P.A. of 3.3. Students must meet all regular major requirements including: three of the following honors-option courses within their major taught by full-time faculty members (internships cannot satisfy this requirement),  at least one 42XX honors seminar offered through the Honors College, a senior honors thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor in their major area (THR 4998) and maintain a minimum G.P.A. of 3.3 cumulative and in the major.

Bachelor of Arts - Departmental Honors in Theatre Option (fifteen credits)

Select the Honors Option in three of the following:9
Development of the Drama I: Greek to Eighteenth Century
Development of the Drama II: Nineteenth Century to Modern
Black Dramatic Literature and Performance
Makers of the Modern Theatre
Theatre History I
Theatre History II
THR 4998Capstone Honors Thesis3
HON 42XX Honors Seminar3
Total Credits15

For additional information, students should consult the Irvin D. Reid Honors College.

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