The Division of Theatre and Dance offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. Within the context of a Liberal arts education, the BA in Theatre provides students an opportunity to study acting, directing, design, and technology, as well as theatre history, literature and theory. Students may also minor in theatre or dance as part of their educational experience.
The BA in Theatre includes coursework in the social and behavioral sciences, arts and humanities, natural sciences and mathematics as well as in the performing arts. In addition, students are required to complete two semesters, or equivalent proficiency, in a foreign language.
Study in theatre includes 30 credits in required theatre courses and 12 credits in theatre electives. The program focus is on learning through active participation in all aspects of performance and production. Many classes culminate in production and performance experiences, including directing of original scripts or staging of choreography. Further, majors are required to participate in all facets of main stage productions and encouraged to become involved in student-directed shows.
Theatre majors must receive a grade of C or better in all theatre courses required for the major. If a student receives a grade of C- or lower they must repeat the course and raise the grade to receive degree credit.
Undergraduate study in Theatre prepares students for graduate work in related fields of study. It also readies students for theatre related careers on and off stage. Graduates go on to careers as actors, designers, dancers, directors, technicians, stage managers, and theatre educators.