2021-2022 Academic Catalog

B.A. in Theatre

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre degree is a flexible program that combines academic and production work. Students explore and hone skills related to text analysis, production conceptualization, design, construction, acting, voice, dance, management and directing. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Accreditation and Affiliation

This program is accredited the National Association of Schools of Theatre. It has also earned Educational Affiliate status with Estill Voice International┬«. Students can elect to pursue their Certificate of Proficiency in EVT prior to graduation.


Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
Any Public Speaking Course
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
Any Mathematics or Quantitative Literacy Course
Health and Wellness
HSC 315  First Aid and Personal Safety (recommended)  OR  Any Course on Menu
Technological Literacy
Any Technological Literacy Course
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Sciences Course
Social Sciences
Any Social Sciences Course
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • General Education Options Courses (three courses)
Required Core Courses 27
THE 131  Fundamentals of Acting 3
THE 141  Stagecraft I 3
THE 150  Introduction to Theatrical Design 3
THE 302  History of Theatre I 3
THE 304  World Drama  OR  THE 306  Modern Drama  OR  ENG 425  Shakespeare   3
THE 312  History of Theatre II 3
THE 320  Fundamentals of Directing 3
THE 450  Practicum: Senior Thesis 3
DAN 131  Foundations of Dance 3
Theatre Electives (select three courses) 9
Theatre Practicum Electives 
Additional Electives/Minor 38
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): Any 3-credit Special Experience Course
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): THE 312 Theatre History II AND Select from: THE 304, THE 306 or ENG 425
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): Any Laboratory Course

Program Notes: Minimum GPA 2.0; Minimum credits 120. At least 42 credits (14 courses) must be advanced courses.

Additional Requirements

Theatre majors are required to take practicum credits, which give them practical experience in various areas of production: acting, dance, design, directing, dramaturgy, outreach, stage management, technical production and technical direction. As students advance in their training, they have the opportunity to be awarded significant production responsibility working alongside faculty as a member of the artistic team. Opportunities include:

  • Full production direction
  • Design
  • Technical direction
  • Choreography
  • Playwriting
  • Dramaturgy

Special Recommendations

A minor in art, arts administration, event planning, music, psychology, sociology or social work is recommended for those majoring in theatre. 

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