Bachelor of Arts in Theatre


The theatre major is designed to prepare students for careers in professional and community theatre, church drama ministries and theatre management. Students develop skills in acting, directing, design (sets and costumes), casting, voice, movement, lighting, sound, stage management and production management. Students acquire strong academic training while meeting the concrete challenges offered by actualized productions. The program provides numerous opportunities to be involved in campus productions both on stage as well as backstage. The degree is granted upon completion of 125 credits as specified in the catalog (40 credits must be in 3000- or 4000-level courses).

  • Fine Arts course in core curriculum must include THE1055.
  • Literature course in core curriculum must include LIT2119.

Communication Core

7 cr
COM1005Introduction to Communication Studies2
COM2107Communication Theory4
COM3835Communication Careers Seminar1

Theatre Requirements

24–25 cr
THE1051Acting I4
THE1056Drama and Ministry2
THE2035Movement for the Actor2
THE2136Voice and Speech for the Actor (OCE)2
THE2165Introduction to Stage Technologies4
THE3257History of the Theatre (WCE)4
Workshops: Five enrollments selected from THE courses numbered 2625–2627, 2629, 4625–4626, 4628–4629, at least two of which must be taken for credit.2–3

Elective courses selected from the following15–16 cr
Workshop courses do not apply
SPE2125Oral Interpretation1–2
THE2045Children's Theatre2
THE2046Creative Dramatics2
THE3152Advanced Acting Styles (may be repeated for credit)4
THE3158Design for the Theatre4
THE3166Theatre Management4
THE4805Special Topics in Theatre4
THE4996Theatre Production Internship2–6

Foreign Language

0–8 cr
Must achieve second semester of first-year language sequence or higher. See the catalog.

Note: WCE= Written Communication Emphasis; OCE = Oral Communication Emphasis. See the catalog for explanation and prerequisites.

What interesting classes might I take?

  • Gender and Family Communication
  • Global Communication
  • Mass Media and Society
  • Persuasion
  • Religion Writing
  • Investigative Reporting
  • Acting I
  • Directing

What can I do with a theatre major?

  • Communications Consultant
  • Copywriter
  • Creative Director
  • Event Planner
  • Media Analyst
  • Organizational administrator
  • Public Opinion Researcher
  • Professor of Communication
  • Speech Writer

If you don’t want to just be a stage actor but still want to study theatre, or you want to act but are wondering what else you can do with a B.A. in theatre, or you’re just wondering what else a theatre degree is good for, this article is for you!