Theatre, BA/BS

The Theatre major consists of 50 credit hours including 7 credit hours of practicum credit earned through participation in production, a capstone internship or senior project, and a required 18 hour minor. Students in the theatre program practice their craft in community with faculty, staff, and other students in an environment that encourages them to consider their vocation as service in God’s world. A strong foundation in the liberal arts emphasizing critical thinking, effective communication, and scholarly research provides graduates with real-world marketable skills and excellent preparation for graduate studies. Year-round opportunities for students to perform, design, and direct, mentored by faculty and other local professionals, broadens the depth of experience of our students, preparing them to become professionals in theatre.

Program Learning Outcomes

The following learning outcomes are linked to assignments and activities throughout this program. After completing program requirements,

  1. Students will be able to analyze a play script using a variety of interpretive strategies.

  2. Students will be able to synthesize script analysis into artistic expression through the visual, oral, kinesthetic, and written modes of communication found in acting, design, directing, and dramaturgy.

  3. Students will be able to describe how theatre can reflect, promote, and challenge its cultural context.

  4. Students will be able to articulate their personal beliefs, values, attitudes, and abilities in theatre in relation to the Christian story and service in God’s world.

Theatre majors must first audition to be admitted into the program. Students are expected to participate in productions each semester and must remain in good academic standing to participate. Further information is available in the theatre handbook.

Requirements for the BA/BS in Theatre

General Education Core 35 hours

(The following general education requirements are covered in the major: Literature, Fine Arts Appreciation.)

Foreign Language (BA Only) 8 hours

Choose two semesters of the same language from GER 1214, GER 1224, GRE 1214, GRE 1224, HEB 1214, HEB 1224,  or SPA 1214, SPA 1224.

Theatre Major 50 hours

Production Core 7 hours

Choose one or more each semester until 7 hours are completed (Repeat any given class no more than 3 times):

DAN 1081Dance for Musical Theatre

1

THE 1011Production Practicum

1

THE 1021Performance Practicum

1

THE 1031Ensemble Acting

1

THE 1041Theatre Management Practicum

1

THE 1061Unarmed Stage Combat

1

Major Core 33 hours

THE 1001Introduction to Theatre Studies

1

THE 1103Acting I

3

THE 2103Acting II

3

THE 1112Introduction to Technical Theatre

2

THE 2222Voice for the Actor

2

THE 2232Movement for the Actor

2

THE 2603Play Analysis

3

THE 3313History of Western Theatre: Greeks to Renaissance

3

THE 3323History of Western Theatre: Renaissance to the Present

3

THE 3001Theatre as Vocation

1

THE 4503Acting Theory

3

THE 4601Senior Seminar in Theatre

1

THE 4743Studies in Genre: Drama

3

Choose one

THE 4813Senior Project in Theatre

3

THE 4893Theatre Internship

3

Major Electives: Choose 10 hours

Choose 10 hours from any two or three credit hour theatre (THE) courses

THE 1012Production Practicum

2

THE 1013Production Practicum

3

THE 1072Armed Stage Combat

2

THE 2213Musical Theatre Workshop

3

THE 3143Theatre Ministry

3

THE 3223Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop

3

THE 3242Acting Shakespeare

2

THE 3413Design for Theatre

3

THE 3513Stage Management

3

THE 3613Oral Interpretation of Literature

3

THE 4102Audition

2

THE 3123Directing

3

THE 4212Advanced Directing

2

THE 4412Advanced Design

2

THE 4603Dramatic Criticism

3

THE 4613Special Topics in Theatre

3

THE 4813Senior Project in Theatre

3

THE 4893Theatre Internship

3

Minor (Required) 18 hours

Electives 9-17 hours

(BS 17 hours and BA 9-11)

Total Credit Hours: 120