School of the Arts, Media + Culture SAMC Theatre

Theatre - Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts

Acting (BFA)     Theatre (BA)

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Acting

1. University Core Requirements (42  s.h.)

See Acting BFA checklist for details.

2. Required Theatre Courses (21 s.h.)

THTR 130 Introduction to Theatre (3 s.h.)
THTR 161 Acting I: Foundations of Acting (3 s.h.)
THTR 162 Acting I: The Actor’s Process (3 s.h.)
THTR 180 Integration Forum (0 s.h.) required each semester
THTR 210 Technical Theatre (3 s.h.)
THTR 331 Theatre History: Origins to 1600 (3 s.h.)
THTR 332 Theatre History: 1660 to the Present (3 s.h.)
THTR 480 Senior Seminar: Christianity and Theatre (3 s.h.)

3. Dramatic Literature & Theory Courses (6 s.h.)

Choose two courses from:
THTR 341 Shakespeare I (3 s.h.)
THTR 342 Shakespeare II (3 s.h.)
THTR 343 Canadian Drama (3 s.h.)
THTR 344 Modern Drama (3 s.h.)
THTR 345 Irish Drama (3 s.h.)
THTR 346 American Drama (3 s.h.)
THTR 347 Drama of Japan  (3 s.h.)
THTR 348 World Drama (3 s.h.)
THTR 441 Drama to 1642 (3 s.h.)
THTR 442 18th Century Drama (3.h.)

4. Theatre Practica (6 s.h.)

Two semesters of practica must be completed backstage before BFA students can be cast.  BFA students are encouraged to ASM as one of their practica courses. BFA students must participate in productions each semester once accepted into the program. Choose from 101-402, and 151-454, depending on specific production, year and term.

5. Required Praxis Courses (39 s.h.)

THTR 175 Voice and Movement I (3 s.h.)
THTR 261 Acting II: Scene Study (3 s.h.)
THTR 262 Acting II: Advanced Scene Study (3 s.h.)
THTR 275 Voice and Movement I (3 s.h.)
THTR 321 Directing (3 s.h.)
THTR 325 Playwriting (3 s.h.)
THTR 361 Acting III: Styles of Acting (3 s.h.)
THTR 362 Acting III: Shakespeare (3 s.h.)
THTR 375 Voice and Movement II (3 s.h.)
THTR 461 Acting IV: Auditioning (3 s.h.)
THTR 462 Acting IV: From Stage to Screen (3 s.h.)
THTR 475 Voice and Movement III (3 s.h.)
THTR 498 Professional Orientation (3 s.h.)

6. Ancillary Requirements (8 s.h.)

Private Voice Lessons (2 s.h.)
SAMC 111 Critical Issues in the Arts (3 s.h.)
SAMC 112 Interdisciplinary History of Western Arts (3 s.h.)

7. Elective Courses (1 s.h.)


For complete program requirements, see academic calendar here.
For course descriptions, click here.

Bachelor of Arts -
Major in Theatre


1. University Core Requirements (42 s.h.)

See Theatre Major checklist for details.

2. Required Theatre Courses (21 s.h.)

THTR 130 Introduction to Theatre (3 s.h.)
THTR 161 Acting I: Foundations of Acting (3 s.h.)
THTR 162 Acting I: The Actor’s Process (3 s.h.)
THTR 180 Integration Forum (0 s.h.) required each semester
THTR 210 Technical Theatre (3 s.h.)
THTR 331 Theatre History: Origins to 1600 (3 s.h.)
THTR 332 Theatre History: 1660 to the Present (3 s.h.)
THTR 480 Senior Seminar: Christianity and Theatre (3 s.h.)

3. Dramatic Literature & Theory Courses (6 s.h.)

Choose two courses from:
THTR 341 Shakespeare I (3 s.h.)
THTR 342 Shakespeare II (3 s.h.)
THTR 343 Canadian Drama (3 s.h.)
THTR 344 Modern Drama (3 s.h.)
THTR 345 Irish Drama (3 s.h.)
THTR 346 American Drama (3 s.h.)
THTR 347 Drama of Japan  (3 s.h.)
THTR 348 World Drama (3 s.h.)
THTR 441 Drama to 1642 (3 s.h.)
THTR 442 18th Century Drama (3.h.)

4. Praxis Courses (6 s.h.)

Choose two courses from:
THTR 175/275/375/475 Voice and Movement (3 s.h.) (one counted this category)
THTR 261 Acting II: Scene Study (3 s.h.)
THTR 262 Acting II: Advanced Scene Study (3 s.h.)
THTR 283 Drama for Church Ministry (3 s.h.)
THTR 321 Directing (3 s.h.)
THTR 325 Playwriting (3 s.h.)
THTR 361 Acting III: Styles of Acting (3 s.h.)
THTR 362 Acting III: Shakespeare (3 s.h.)
THTR 461 Acting IV: Auditioning (3 s.h.)
THTR 462 Acting IV: From Stage to Screen (3 s.h.)

5. Theatre Elective (3 s.h.)

Majors must choose an additional course from the above lists. Can also include THTR 499: Professional Internship. Serious students are encouraged to take additional courses in Theatre.

6. Theatre Practica (6 s.h.)

Theatre Majors must complete 6 semester hours of practica by participating in department productions. Course numbers for these productions are 101 - 402 and 151 - 454, depending on the specific production, year and term.

7. Ancillary Requirements

SAMC 111 Critical Issues in the Arts (3 s.h.)
SAMC 112 Interdisciplinary History of Western Arts (3 s.h.)

8. Elective Courses (33 s.h.)

Students can use elective classes to strengthen their major or take a concentration (30 s.h.) or a minor (24 s.h.) in another discipline.

For complete program requirements, see academic calendar here.
For course descriptions, click here.

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