The Theater program at Stritch introduces students to the origins and major developments in theater history, dramatic literature, and criticism and theory. Training includes hands-on involvement in a four-show professional-style production season in which students are afforded the opportunity to work in all areas of theater including acting, directing, stage management, dance, voice, stagecraft, costuming, lighting and properties.

Theater program degree tracks are designed to complement studies in other disciplines to allow continued training in theater while pursuing additional majors and minors. Degree options include a B.A. in Theater with a concentration in Performance, Technical or Musical Theater.


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Program Details

●  Credits: 120
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Theater Major with a Performance concentration: 39 credits 
Theater Major with a Technical concentration: 39 credits
Theater Major with a Musical Theater concentration: 39 credits
Required courses for the theater core (24 credits): THR 109, 160, 201, 208, 213, 303, 401, theater labs (3 credits)

Required courses for the Performance concentration (15 credits): THR 105, 390, 405, theater labs (1 credit), 3 theater elective credits, and Pilates and Core
Required courses for the Technical concentration (15 credits): THR 304, 310, 3 theater elective credits, Lighting and Sound, and Digital Tools
Required courses for the Musical Theater concentration (15 credits): THR 105, 390, MU 131, MU voice lessons (6 credits), theater labs (1 credit) and Pilates and Core
* 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 licensure, students complete a major in theater and a major in Secondary Education. 

Educational Outcomes and Assessment
Upon completion of the program students will demonstrate skills and techniques that will enhance professional endeavors both in theatrical and general employment capacities.  Theater program outcomes include:  professionalism, creative problem solving skills, technical skills, relaxed and confident performance and creative research and analysis techniques.

Theater Minor: 18 credits
Required courses for minor: THR 160, 208, 213, 303, 401 plus three credits of theater laboratory
PLO 1  The student will demonstrate professionalism through effective and respectful work habits in a team environment.
PLO 2  The student will employ creative solutions to address challenges that arise in an artistic work setting.
PLO 3  The student will develop and apply technical skills that lead to industry accepted construction and design techniques.
PLO 4  The student will devise and demonstrate skills for relaxed and confident presentation in a performance setting.
PLO 5  The student will apply appropriate research and analysis techniques that lead to specificity and understanding in creative works.

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Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish articulation agreements.

Freshman Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application
Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.

•  Request Transcripts
Have official high school transcripts delivered directly to the Office of Admissions from your school. We will also review GED scores of 250 or above.

•  Send ACT or SAT Scores
Provide an official score report from the ACT or SAT. High school graduates out of school for over one year do not need to submit scores.


Transfer Student Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application 
Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.

•  Request Transcripts
Have official transcripts from each college or university delivered directly to the Office of Admissions

Information for International Students

If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the  language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.


Funding Your Education

The undergraduate degree programs are competitively priced to make your education affordable. Our counselors in the Financial Aid Office know how to help students identify all options available for funding their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.

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