Theatre Arts (BS)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts (TA BS)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Theatre Arts

Program Information

As part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Theatre Arts is committed to a liberal arts education for our undergraduate students and professional training for graduate students.  The ancient art of theatre is most fully understood and exists at its deepest form of expression through the creation of performances shared with an audience.  Doing so demands a deep array of knowledge and skill combined with a professional attitude and work ethic that can serve students throughout their lives in whatever profession they pursue.

All Theatre Arts Undergraduate Majors are required to fulfill course requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences, General Education and Programmatic/Supporting Courses.

Theatre Arts Requirements are split into four core areas: Academics, Performance, Production, and African American Theatre. TA Majors also have opportunities for electives and a Culminating Undergraduate Experience in their final year.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements13-15
Program/Major Requirements 175
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

There are no specific admission requirements for this degree plan. 

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and satisfy the respective General Education Requirement(s):
Cultural Diversity in Performance - AH, D1
History of the African-American Theatre - AH, D1

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 16-8
Electives in Natural Sciences or Social Sciences at the 300-level or above 26
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours13-15

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Theatre Arts
Academic Core
TA 360Classical to Medieval Theatre History 3
TA 361Renaissance to Romantic Theatre History 3
TA 362Modern and Contemporary Theatre History3
TA 371Script Analysis3
Performance Core
TA 320Acting I3
TA 321Acting II3
or TA 533 Stage Management
Select one of the following: 3
Acting The Black Experience - AH, D1
Directing
Introduction to Hip-Hop Theatre - AH, D1
Black Dramatic Literature - AH, D1
Acting III
Acting IV
Directing the Black Experience
Stage Management
Production Core
TA 240Stagecraft I3
TA 241Stagecraft II3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Scene Design
Introduction to Costume Design
Introduction to Stage Lighting
African American Theatre Core
TA 326Cultural Diversity in Performance - AH, D13
TA 366History of the African-American Theatre - AH, D13
Select one of the following: 3
Acting The Black Experience - AH, D1
African-American Women in Theatre - AH, D1
Directing the Black Experience
Performance/Production Projects
TA 350Theatre Performance and Production (6 productions, generally one-half credit each) 43
TA 550Culminating Undergraduate Experience Practicum 3
TA Electives15
Supporting Courses
Select one of the following: 3
Perspectives on Ancient Culture
Perspectives on Medieval Culture
Perspectives on Early Modern Culture
Perspectives on Modern Culture
Principles of Cultural History
Selected Perspectives in Humanities
Electives in the Division of Humanities, other than Theatre Arts, at the 300 level or above12
General Electives 50-2
Minimum Total Hours75-77

 Only 60 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Science degree.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Culminating Undergraduate Experience Practicum

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
TA 320 Acting I 3
 Hours16-18
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
TA 321
Acting II
or Stage Management
3
TA 371 Script Analysis 3
Foreign Language 2 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
 Hours15-16
Year 2
Fall
TA 240 Stagecraft I 3
TA 360 Classical to Medieval Theatre History 3
TA 326 Cultural Diversity in Performance - AH, D1 3
TA 350 Theatre Performance and Production 0.5
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Global Diversity - SBD2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
 Hours16.5
Spring
TA 241 Stagecraft II 3
TA 361 Renaissance to Romantic Theatre History 3
TA 350 Theatre Performance and Production 0.5
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15.5
Year 3
Fall
TA 362 Modern and Contemporary Theatre History 3
TA 366 History of the African-American Theatre - AH, D1 3
TA 350 Theatre Performance and Production 0.5
Humanities elective (non-Theatre Arts) 3
TA Performance Core Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15.5
Spring
Theatre Arts Production Core elective 3
Theatre Arts elective 3
Theatre Arts elective 3
TA 350 Theatre Performance and Production 0.5
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities elective (non-Theatre Arts) (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15.5
Year 4
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Acting The Black Experience - AH, D1  
African-American Women in Theatre - AH, D1  
Directing the Black Experience  
Theatre Arts elective 3
TA 350 Theatre Performance and Production 0.5
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Select one of the following: 3
Perspectives on Ancient Culture  
Perspectives on Medieval Culture  
Perspectives on Early Modern Culture  
Perspectives on Modern Culture  
Principles of Cultural History  
Selected Perspectives in Humanities  
General elective 2-3
 Hours14.5-15.5
Spring
TA 550 Culminating Undergraduate Experience Practicum 3
Theatre Arts elective 3
Theatre Arts elective 3
TA 350 Theatre Performance and Production 0.5
Humanities elective (non-Theatre Arts) (300 level or above) 3
Humanities elective (non-Theatre Arts) (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15.5
 Minimum Total Hours124-128

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