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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Theatre

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Theatre Programs

Undergraduates may choose from 4 emphases: A B.A. or a B.G.S with an emphasis in Theatre, Culture, and Society or a B.A. or B.G.S. with an emphasis in Performance. B.A. and B.G.S. requirements are quite different, so it is important to check with a department adviser.

Theatre production experience is provided through course work in conjunction with the University Theatre.

The B.A. and B.G.S. emphases in Theatre, Culture, and Society acquaint students with the overall field of theatre and prepare them for graduate study in theatre. The B.G.S. and B.A. emphases in Theatre Performance prepare students for professional work in theatre and for M.F.A. study in acting or directing.

Requirements for the B.A. and B.G.S. Major

Theatre, Culture, and Society Emphasis

The following 40 hours are required: (40 hours)
  • THR 101 Theatre Practicum I (1)
  • THR 106 Acting I (3)
  • THR 201 Theatre Practicum II (1)
  • THR 215 Approaching Design (3)
  • THR 308 Script Analysis (3)
  • Choose 2 of the following courses: (4)
    THR 216 Scenic Production
    THR 220 Costume Production
    THR 224 Lighting Production
  • Choose 1 of the following courses: (1)
    THR 301 Theatre Practicum III
    THR 401 Stage Management and Assistant Direction
  • Choose 2 of the following courses: (6)
    THR 525 History of Theatre
    THR 526 History of Theatre II
    THR 528 History of U.S. Theatre and Drama
  • *Select 18 hours from the following courses: (18)
    THR 209 Play Reading for Performance
    THR 302 Undergraduate Seminar in: _____
    THR 304 Study Abroad Topics in: _____
    THR 312 Acting with an Accent
    THR 404 Children and Drama
    THR 429 Postcolonial Theatre and Drama
    THR 508 Fundamentals of Directing
    THR 525 History of Theatre (if not taken for core)
    THR 526 History of Theatre II (if not taken for core)
    THR 528 History of U.S. Theatre and Drama (if not taken for core)
    THR 529 Race and the American Theatre
    THR 603 Theatre for Young Audiences
    THR 626 Myth and the Dramatist

*Up to 3 hours may be taken in a drama, cultural studies, or related course outside the department, with a faculty adviser’s approval.

Performance Emphasis

The following 40 hours are required: (40 hours)
  • THR 101 Theatre Practicum I (1)
  • THR 106 Acting I (3)
  • THR 201 Theatre Practicum II (1)
  • THR 206 Acting II (3)
  • THR 212 Beginning Voice and Speech for Actors (3)
  • THR 213 Movement I: The Acting Instrument (3)
  • THR 215 Approaching Design (3)
  • THR 308 Script Analysis (3)
  • Choose 2 of the following courses: (4)
    THR 216 Scenic Production
    THR 220 Costume Production
    THR 224 Lighting Production
  • Choose 1 of the following courses: (1)
    THR 301 Theatre Practicum III
    THR 401 Stage Management and Assistant Direction
  • Choose 2 of the following courses: (6)
    THR 525 History of Theatre
    THR 526 History of Theatre II
    THR 528 History of U.S. Theatre and Drama
  • Select 9 hours from the following courses: (9)
    THR 210 Musical Performance for the Actor I
    THR 306 Acting III
    THR 310 Musical Performance for the Actor II
    THR 312 Acting with an Accent
    THR 313 Movement II: Physical Characterization
    THR 401 Stage Management and Assistant Direction (if not taken for core)
    THR 404 Children and Drama
    THR 406 Audition Techniques
    THR 410 Musical Performance for the Actor III
    THR 506 Acting for the Camera
    THR 508 Fundamentals of Directing
    THR 512 A Vocal Approach to the Classics
    THR 603 Theatre for Young Audiences
    THR 609 Play Directing

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for theatre.

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