Theatre Studies (B.A.)

Program Coordinator: Jessica Brater

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Theatre Studies offers a comprehensive and individualized theatre education, supported by a broad and meaningful liberal arts curriculum.  As a Theatre Studies major, you will have the opportunity to explore all aspects of the business and practice of theatre, including playwriting for stateand screen, dramaturgy and script analysis, stage management, play direction and all aspects of production operations.

Our B.A. in Theatre Studies program fosters enough flexibility for students to have full access to a wide range of on- and off-campus opportunities.  The option of receiving a teaching certification is unique and exclusive to B.A. students as is out 4 + 1 program, which allows students to earn an MA with one additional year of study.  Theatre Studies students participate in the departmental season as assistant directors, dramaturgs, and technicians and also develop collaborative projects on campus and beyond.

The program is based in the Department of Theatre & Dance. For further information, go to: BA Theatre Studies.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements42
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements42
Free Electives 133-27
Total Credits120

Graduate Swing Courses will count toward free electives for students in combined (UG/GR) programs.

Major Requirements

Theatre Studies Core Courses
THTR 102Theatre in Society3
THTR 150Introduction to Technical Theatre1
THTR 208Drama in Text3
THTR 210Theatre History: Early World3
THTR 211Theater History: Modern World3
Complete 1 course from the following:3
Performing Playwrights of Color
Children's Theatre
Theater for Community Impact
Site Specific Performance
Departmental Requirements
Complete 3 of the following:3
Production Stagecraft
Production Operations
Production Costumes
Performance Production I
Performance: Production II
Performance: Production III
Theatre Studies Electives
Complete 23 credits from the list below.23
Total Credits42

Theatre Studies Electives

THTR 105Acting I3
THTR 106Solo Performance3
THTR 110Acting II - B.A3
THTR 175Theatre in Performance3
THTR 204Performance Production I1
THTR 206Performance: Production II1
THTR 207Performance: Production III1
THTR 238Musical Theatre I3
THTR 384Theater for Community Impact3
THTR 386Site Specific Performance3
THTR 330Play Direction I3
THTR 391Playwriting I3
THTR 338Musical Theatre II3
THTR 360Children's Theatre3
THTR 361Student New Play Festival3
THTR 366Stage Technique: Combat3
THTR 395Playwriting II3
THTR 430Play Direction II3
THTR 433Shakespeare Workshop3
THTR 435Dramatic Workshop3
THTR 480Concept and Collaboration in Theatre3
Design and Production
THTR 155Stage Management3
THTR 140Introduction to Design for Theatre3
THTR 200Production Stagecraft1
THTR 201Production Operations1
THTR 202Production Costumes1
THTR 252Scene Design I3
THTR 253Theatrical Sound Design3
THTR 254Costume Design I3
THTR 256Stage Management II3
THTR 258Lighting Design I3
THTR 262Projection Design and Technology for Live Performance3
THTR 385Production Management3
History, Literature, Criticism & Theory
THTR 175Theatre in Performance3
THTR 180Performance Studies3
THTR 216African American Theatre: Melodrama to "Post‐Racial"3
THTR 217Latinx Theatre and Performance3
THTR 265The Contemporary Theatre of Cultural Diversity3
THTR 275Theatre Scenes: NY, NJ and London3
THTR 31120th and 21st Century Playwrights3
THTR 329Introduction to Dramaturgy: The Questioning Spirit3
THTR 335Dramaturgical Styles3
THTR 411Dramatic Criticism3
ENGL 234American Drama3
ENGL 352English Drama: Beginnings to 16423
ENGL 353Shakespeare: Comedies-Histories3
ENGL 354Shakespeare: Tragedies-Romances3
ENGL 361Modern Irish Drama3
ENGL 374Contemporary European Drama3
ENGL 375Modern Drama: Ibsen to O'Neill3
ENGL 455Restoration and 18th Century Drama3
Theatre Management
THTR 257Entertainment Management3
THTR 381Theatre Administration and Audience Development3
THTR 382Contracts and Law in Theatre3
THTR 400Fundraising Board Development3
THTR 401Business of the Arts3
Interdisciplinary Fields
THTR 312Drama Therapy3
THTR 403Independent Study1-3
THTR 406Theatre Teaching Methods3
THTR 490Theatre Cooperative Education Experience4-16
THTR 432Special Topics in Theatre1-3
Related Fields
CRTH 151Creative Thinking3
ENTR 201The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation3
ENTR 290Special Topics in Entrepreneurship3
ENTR 303Create and Pitch Your Startup6
FMTV 210Story Analysis and Introduction to Screenwriting3
FMTV 260Film Story Analysis3
STCM 326Integrated Communication3
FMTV 310Intermediate Screenwriting3

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
Students in P12 Subject Area Teaching programs complete EDFD 200 as part of the Teacher Education sequence.
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Students in P12 Subject Area Teaching programs complete SASE 210 as part of the Teacher Education sequence.
Total Credits42

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language. Requirement is automatically fulfilled by language major courses.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives. Requirement may also be fulfilled by major coursework. See list of courses.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1WRIT 1063
WRIT 1053CMST 1013
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts3GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science3World Language 23
World Language 13THTR 2011
THTR 1023THTR 2083
THTR 1053 
THTR 1501 
 20 16
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory4
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics3GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education1
GENERAL EDUCATION (G) Computer Science3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History3
THTR 2103THTR 2113
THTR Production Requirement1THTR Production Requirement1
Theatre Elective3THTR Elective3
 16 15
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies3Theatre Elective3
THTR 287, 360, 384, or 3863Theatre Elective3
THTR Production Requirement1Theatre Elective3
THTR Elective3 
Free Elective3 
 16 12
Fourth Year
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective1 
 13 12
Total Credits 120