Performing Arts: Theatre (BA)

Offered by the Department of Performing Arts, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires demonstrated talent through an audition portfolio review arranged with the department, preferably prior to beginning university studies. However, a student may enter as an intended major and have an audition or portfolio review during the first year. Students will be accepted based on programmatic approval and written declaration of major.

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 51 credit hours with grades of C or better
    • Students who wish to study abroad must receive prior approval from their advisor in order to ensure that appropriate courses will transfer and that scholarships and financial aid will apply
  • Tracks: Performance or Theatre Arts

Course Requirements

Core (22 credit hours)

Production Participation (2-4 credit hours)

Complete the following to demonstrate participation in a minimum of four department productions in either a performance or technical capacity, including one production as stage manager or assistant stage manager, and one production in another technical capacity:

Stage Management

Technical

Additional Participation

Complete two courses from the following:

Tracks (27 credit hours)

Complete one of the following:

Performance

Note: Placement audition required.

Theatre Arts

Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

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