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Theater Major

Program Overview

Studies in this major will develop your skills in all theatrical craft, creating a well-rounded theater professional with training and experience in performance, design, management, directing and more.

Program Concentrations

This program is made up of the following concentrations. Learn more about concentrations.

Concentration Overview

Continue your training in performance with classes in improvisation, response, creativity, play and classical texts, as well as developing your artistic instrument (yourself). Classes directly prepare students for performance in various productions each year as well as creative leadership.

Concentration Overview

Continue your passion for theatrical craft with classes designed to develop all sides of the technical theater craft including sound, lights, set design and stagecraft. When paired with performance work and work-study in the scene or costume shop, students develop hands on skills for executing various theatrical events on a professional stage.

Concentrations on this page are required for this program. Additional courses or concentrations may need to be added to meet program or credit requirements.

Program Coursework

The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.

Liberal Arts Core

The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage. It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will be prepared to contribute to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.

LEADERSHIP:  4 credits
  • Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.) 
  • Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
  • Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
  • Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
  • Language & Culture (3 cr.)
*For ‘Writing for the 21st Century’ (English) and ‘Quantitative Problem Solving’ (Math), you may need additional courses depending on your placement.

CORE LITERACIES:  15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
  • Narratives of Identity       (3 cr.)
  • Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)   
  • Social Tensions (3 cr.)    
  • The American Experience (3 cr.)
  • Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)

Professional Core

Culminating Experience

Giving students a culminating experience as well as practical work experience, the Professional Core is a graduation requirement for every Stritch student in a bachelor’s degree program. This bachelor’s degree program includes completion of the Professional Core consisting of three courses:
  • Pre-Internship
  • Internship
  • Capstone

Collaborative production receives recognition

Stritch’s production of “The Last Cyclist” in April 2019 (a collaboration with the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center) was listed as one of the best shows in Milwaukee of 2019 by the Shepherd Express and Wisconsin Theater Spotlight. Students worked alongside professional actors, designers and stage managers for this special production.

For additional information contact admissions or program faculty.


Mark T. Boergers

Chair - Visual and Performing Arts|Faculty - Performing Arts