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Theater StudiesMajor

Degree AwardedBA
Hours To Complete42
Courses Required11
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Core Requirements

A Theater Studies major must complete the following core courses for a total of 28-30 credit hours:


  • One acting course: THEA 120, THEA 221 OR THEA 222

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 Administration

One of the folowing:

  • THEA 230: Principles of Design
  • THEA 240: Arts Administration
  • THEA 331: Costume Design
  • THEA 332: Set Design
  • THEA 333: Lighting Design
  • THEA 334: Sound Design

Creating Productions

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

Technical Theater

  • THEA 130: Stagecraft

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.


Auditions for the major or minor are not required.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the department, to submit a resume, and to send links to video clips. Web forms on the Theater and Dance website (under "Prospective Student") facilitate this process: Plan a Visit, Tell Us About Yourself, and Contact a Current Student.