We offer a BA because we recognize that many students possess varied talents and interests. Students benefit from the rigorous artistic demands made by courses designed for BFA students in the Division of Theater, while also meeting the challenges of a liberal arts education. Although students are encouraged to select courses that provide an emphasis, they are not permitted to major on one area of theater or to concentrate exclusively on any one area of interest.
The BA degree also provides an opportunity to double major. Second majors such as English, history, and creative writing are not uncommon, while others, including journalism, music, criminal justice administration, pre-law, and sociology, have been successful choices.
One of the goals of the BA in theater is the preparation of the most gifted students for successful admission to graduate schools or other advanced training in theater or other areas. However, even if you do not wish to extend your training beyond the baccalaureate level, the BA in theater addresses both the quality and the diversity of your training.
The BA degree in theater includes: 70 credit hours of theater coursework distributed as follows:
22 credit hours of Theater Studies Foundations,
4 credit hours of Acting,
4 credit hours of Practicum,
12 credit hours of Theater History, Literature and Criticism.
28 credit hours at the 2000 level or above are in the Division of Theater. No more than 20 credit hours may count toward the degree in one (narrow) area of interest, e.g., acting, lighting, publicity, playwriting, etc. No more than 8 hours of practicum (beyond the core requirement) may count toward the degree.
You must submit a plan for the distribution of the 28 credits for consultation and approval by your advisor as a condition of your final acceptance into the major program.
While sufficient flexibility for change of direction and focus must be provided throughout your residence, there must be an agreed-upon understanding of the purpose of the program of study and the plan for accomplishing that purpose.
The total requirement for a B.A. in theater is 70 credit hours. Note: No more than 72 credits in THAR courses are allowed to count towards the 120 credits needed for the B.A. For more detailed information on courses required in the distribution areas, please refer to the Undergraduate Online Catalog