Major Code: THEAST
BA degree awarded
38 - 43 hours to complete
13 courses required
For the Declaration of Major Form, contact the department:

Admissions / Prerequisites

Auditions for the major or minor are not required.

Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit the Tell Us About Yourself form and plan a visit to the department. The form is available on the Theater and Dance website (under “Future Students”).


Core Requirements

A Theater Studies major must complete the following core courses for a total of 29-31 credit hours:


  • THEA 120

History, Literature, and Criticism

  • THEA 210W: Reading for Performance
  • THEA 215: History of Drama and Theater I
  • THEA 216: History of Drama and Theater II
  • THEA 410W: Aesthetics and Criticism

Design or Administraton

  • THEA 230: Principles of Design OR THEA 240: Arts Administration

Creating Productions

  • THEA 250: Directing I OR THEA 260: Ensemble OR THEA 370: Creating New Works

Technical Theater

  • THEA 130: Stagecraft
  • THEA 200R: Theater Practicum (1 credit)

Topics and Issues

  • THEA 396R: Theater Colloquia (1 credit)

Elective Requirements

In addition to the core requirements, majors must complete three elective courses for a total of 9-12 credit hours. 

  • One of these must be at the 200-level or higher, and two must be at the 300-level or higher.
  • One of the 300-level courses must be in the area of History, Literature, and Criticism. (Some courses in other departments are approved for this requirement.)


  1. All courses must be taken for a letter grade (with the exception of THEA 396R).
  2. THEA 100, Introduction to Theater, does not count towards the major.  When Introduction to Theater is taught as a freshman seminar (THEA 190), it does not count toward the major.
Majors are expected to involve themselves in the creation of productions and new works as an integral part of their theatrical education.