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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

Theatre Core Knowledge and Skills

Majors must complete courses in each of the following core areas:

  • Theatre Practicum I. Satisfied by THR 101.
  • Acting I. Satisfied by THR 106.
  • Theatre Practicum II. Satisfied by THR 201.
  • Approaching Design. Satisfied by THR 215.
  • Script Analysis. Satisfied by THR 308.

Theatre Production Courses. Satisfied by completion of 2 of the following: THR 216, THR 220, THR 224.

Theatre Practicum and Management. Satisfied by 1 of the following: THR 301, THR 401.

Theatre History. Satisfied by completion of 2 of the following: THR 525, THR 526, THR 528.

Theatre Required Electives. Satisfied by 18 hours from the following:

  • 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

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 40 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Performance Emphasis

Theatre Core Knowledge and Skills

Majors must complete courses in each of the following core areas:

  • Theatre Practicum I. Satisfied by THR 101.
  • Acting I. Satisfied by THR 106.
  • Theatre Practicum II. Satisfied by THR 201.
  • Acting II. Satisfied by THR 206.
  • Beginning Voice and Speech for Actors. Satisfied by THR 212.
  • Movement I: The Acting Instrument. Satisfied by THR 213.
  • Approaching Design. Satisfied by THR 215.
  • Script Analysis. Satisfied by THR 308.

Theatre Production Courses. Satisfied by completion of 2 of the following: THR 216, THR 220, THR 224.

Theatre Required Electives. Satisfied by completion of 3 courses (9 hours) from the following:

  • 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

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 40 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

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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