Major in Theatre Arts (B.A.)

Our theatre arts program provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of the literary and historic background of the dramatic art, as well as the applied theory and practical techniques necessary for professional careers in theater or related fields.

To earn the bachelor’s degree, students take a minimum of 13 courses (37 credits). Majors are expected participate in four main-stage productions, with at least one as a performer and one in a non-performing support role (crew, design, management).

Required courses:

  • New York Theatre
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Introduction to Acting
  • Stagecraft
  • Theatre History I and II
  • Studies in Shakespeare
  • Dramatic Theory and Criticism
  • Theatre Management
  • Thesis Prep
  • Senior Thesis
  • Two of the following: Script Analysis, Stage Combat, Theatre for Children and Youth or Theatre Production


Students who are interested in a professional career or who plan to attend graduate school may concentrate in acting or technical theatre by taking the required courses and then adding 11 credits in the chosen concentration. Acceptance into a concentration requires approval from the program director, and students are expected to focus their senior thesis around their area of concentration.

Acting concentration:

  • Acting in Film and TV
  • The Business of Acting
  • Voice and Diction
  • Scene Study: Classical
  • Scene Study: Contemporary

Technical theatre concentration:

  • Scenic Design
  • Stage Management
  • Makeup for the Stage and Film
  • History and Use of Costumes
  • Directing