Theatre, BA

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is a versatile program that allows students to pursue theatre studies in the context of a liberal arts education. It prepares students for careers in the professional Theatre community and furnishes them with the tools for creating new work and making a significant impact on Theatre in our region and state.

Theatre Outcomes

  1. Recognize and interpret subject matter and history of theatre: major works, issues, and movements
  2. Demonstrate competent oral and written communication skills in one or more of the following area: acting, directing, playwriting, technical theatre
  3. Assess and employ theatrical concepts in decision-making and critical esthetic judgment
  4. Recognize and demonstrate practical skills required in professional theatre settings

Honor Societies and Clubs

The Fairly Odd Players is a student organization for theatre majors designed to support, augment, and supplement their educational and professional development.


Students who wish to major in Theatre must successfully audition for members of the faculty. Information about theatre auditions is available from the office of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and on the program's webpage.

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum (Areas A-E)42
All Core Curriculum requirements for the Performing Arts major are shown under Core Curriculum in the Graduation Requirements section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F)18
THEA 1100Introduction to Theatre3
THEA 1880Introduction to Acting3
THEA 1890Theatre Laboratory0
THEA 1990Play Development3
THEA 2900Directing3
Choose two from the following (6 credit hours):
Introduction to Theatre Design
Intermediate Play Development
Required Courses30
THEA 3901Theatre Internship/Practicum I3
THEA 4500Capstone Project3
Choose six courses from the following: (24 credit hours)
Acting 2
Theatre Internship/Prac II
Theatre Internship/Prac III
Advanced Play Development I
Advanced Play Development II
Advanced Play Development III
Theatre Concepts I
Theatre Concepts II
Theatre Concepts III
Lighting Design
Set Design
Costume Design
World Theatre
Selected Topics I
Selected Topics II
Selected Topics III
Acting Styles
Performing Arts Electives18
Choose 18 hours from THEA, MUSC, DANC courses
Guided Electives18
Choose 18 hours from non-THEA corses
Total Credit Hours120

Other Program-Specific Graduation Requirements 

  1. A minimum of 39 hours of 3000- or 4000-level courses is required for graduation.
  2. Students are encouraged, but not required, to use Electives to complete a minor program.
  3. Students pursuing the major in Theatre may not apply more than 27 MUSC credit hours toward graduation.
  4. No grades of D in upper-division courses are allowed in the Bachelor of Theatre degree program. Upper-division courses are all courses other than those of Areas A through F of the core curriculum. 1000- or 2000-level courses used in the upper division are included in this restriction. Additionally, no grades of D are allowed for any MUSC, THEA, or DANC course at any level.
  5. Additional requirements:
    1. Theatre Laboratory is a requirement for students. Students must take six semesters of this course. Transfer students are required to take one semester of Theatre Laboratory for every 20 hours of coursework remaining.
    2. Students who change their majors to a BA in Theatre are also required to take one semester of Theatre Laboratory for every 20 hours of coursework remaining.