Bachelor of Arts in Theater

Degree options include: B.A. in Theater with an Acting or Technical Theater concentration or a B.A. in Theater with a Musical Theater concentration. Students experience training that mixes hands-on experiential work grounded with academic theory. Course work is augmented with experience in four professional style productions in both our Nancy Kendall 400-seat main-stage theater and black-box style studio theater. The theater program also offers coursework in conjunction with the College of Education and Leadership for students who would like to be certified to teach theater at the Early Childhood-Adolescence level (grades K-12).  For teacher certification, students complete a major in theater and a major in Secondary Education.  Professional work in the theater can also be pursued through various internship opportunities as well as with additional training in a conservatory setting or graduate school.

Degree Requirements

Program Credits36
Required Courses

Theater Major 

Common Theater Course Requirements (21 credits): THR 160, 201, 208, 213, 303, 401, Theater Lab (3 cr)

Performance Concentration (15 credits): THR 103, 105, 390, 405, elective (3 cr)

Technical Concentration (15 credits): THR 220, 225, 304, 310, elective (3 cr)

Musical Theater Concentration (16 credits):  THR 105, 106, MU Voice Lessons (6 cr), MU 105, 126, MU 131 (4 semesters)


Required Auxiliary Courses

Additional Information

Theater Major/Musical Theater Concentration: The Theater Major with a concentration in Musical Theater is designed to prepare students for careers in musical theater, or to pursue further study in graduate school. Within a liberal arts context, the program balances the practical with the theoretical combining strong training in performance skills (speaking, singing, dancing and acting) with academic study in music, performance and technical theater.