With strong emphases in acting, musical theatre, new works and design/technical theatre, the program prepares students for graduate study or a life in the profession. Students gain practical experience through a wide array of courses designed to expose them to the varied aspects and positions involved in theatrical production. The faculty is augmented by nationally-renowned theatre artists-in-residence.

A minimum of 62 credits with grades of C- or higher in theatre arts is required for the major. Total Upper Division Credits Required: (Min. 48)

Students enrolled in this department’s major or minor may count credits in required applied courses toward their degrees beyond the normal maximum of 9 credits allowed in the College of Arts and Sciences. However, if a student changes the major or does not complete the requirements for the minor at the time of graduation, they may only count a maximum of 9 credits of the applied credits toward graduation.

Students preparing to teach in the public schools may qualify for certification by completing the Bachelor of Science in Education degree with theatre arts as a teaching field. (See the College of Education webpage.)

Departmental Requirements for the Major

All majors must register for Theatre Workshop credits (.5) every semester: THTR 200 for freshman/sophomores; THTR 300 for juniors/seniors

  • THTR 110, Acting I (3)
  • THTR 120, Stage Movement (3)
  • THTR 130, The Art of Theatre (3)
  • THTR 141 and 141L, Introduction to Stage Craft and Lab* (3/1)
  • THTR 142 and 142L, Introduction to Costume Craft and Lab* (3/1)
  • THTR 149, Running Crew I (2)
  • THTR 200/300 Theatre Workshop (register for half a credit every semester)
  • THTR 205, Vocal Production (3)
  • THTR 249, Running Crew II (1)
  • THTR 250, Intro to Design (3)
  • THTR 303, Theatre History I (3)
  • THTR 304, Theatre History II (3)
  • THTR 345, Costume Practicum (1)
  • THTR 346, Scenic Practicum  (1)
  • THTR 347, Lighting Practicum (1)
  • THTR 348, Running Crew III (1)
  • THTR 349, Running Crew IV (1)
  • THTR 395, Directing I (3)
  • THTR 439, Senior Seminar (3)
  • Select one from the following: THTR 321G, Modern European Drama (3); THTR 322, Dramatic Character (3);  THTR 323, American Drama (3)
  • Select one from the following: THTR 353, Scene Design (3); THTR 352, Costume Design (3); THTR 354, Sound Design (3) or THTR 355, Lighting Design (3)
  • THTR elective courses (9):
    • Choose any TWO courses for SIX (6) credits from the following, THTR 300/400 level: Acting, Design, Theatre Management, Society in Style, Creative Drama, Playwriting or Literature course
    • Choose an additional THREE (3) credits of THTR 300/400 level in any area

Departmental Requirements for the Musical Theatre Concentration

The musical theatre concentration is designed to provide students with training in musical theatre performance, including singing, dancing and acting.  To earn the optional concentration in musical theatre, all courses for the Theatre Arts major must be met, except for the requirement of 9 THTR elective courses.  Instead, students must take the following courses:
  • THTR 317, Musical Theatre I (3)
  • THTR 417, Musical Theatre II (3)
  • DANC 124  Jazz Technique I,
  • DANC 224  Jazz Technique II;
  • Choose an additional course from; DANC 123, 223, 323 (Ballet), DANC 127, 227, 327 (Tap), DANC 126, 226, 326 (Modern)
  • 6 credits in class voice or applied music-vocal: MUS 130, Applied Music (Voice)
    • 2 of these credits may be choral ensemble or opera workshop: MUS  160/161/162/251/351/361/368

Departmental Requirements for the Minor

The Department of Theatre Arts has one minor in Theatre Arts. Students must pass a minimum of 9 lower division and 9 upper division THTR credits with grades of C- or higher to earn the minor. A student cannot earn both a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a minor in Theatre Arts.

Degree Map

Our goal is to help you graduate in four years with your Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts.  To meet this goal, we have created a degree map you may choose to follow, to help you best understand our sequence of classes and which classes you should take when.
BA in Theatre Arts DEGREE MAP
BA in Musical Theatre DEGREE MAP