Theatre Arts (BS)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2019–Spring 2020 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Theatre Arts 
Program Website
Academic Plan Code(s): TA_ _BS

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, Design and Technology, and Performance/Production. In addition, Theatre Arts undergraduate majors utilize 18 hours of department electives to specialize in one of five areas including African American Theatre, Performance, Design and Technology, Dramaturgy and Playwriting, and General Studies.  All majors participate in the 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.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and satisfy the respective General Education Requirement(s):
Introduction to Acting as Communication - OC
Cultural Diversity in Performance - 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 326Cultural Diversity in Performance - AH, D1 43
TA 360Theatre History & Script Analysis I: Classical-Medieval - WR3
TA 361Theatre History & Script Analysis II: Renaissance-Romantic - WR3
TA 362Theatre History & Script Analysis III: Modern & Contemporary - WR3
TA 366History of the African-American Theatre - AH, D1, WR 43
Performance Core
TA 224Introduction to Acting as Communication - OC3
TA 327Acting Fundamentals: The Craft of Imagination3
Design and Technology Core
TA 240Stagecraft3
TA 243Design Aesthetics - AH3
TA 245Costume Construction3
Performance/Production Projects
TA 350Theatre Production Practicum 55
TA 433Fundamentals of Stage & Production Management3
TA 460Black Diasporic Conversations Seminar 41
TA 550Culminating Undergraduate Experience Practicum - CUE3
TA Electives18
Electives in the Division of Humanities, other than Theatre Arts (300-level or above)15
Open Electives 60
Minimum Total Hours75

 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 - CUE

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
TA 224 Introduction to Acting as Communication - OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
Foreign Language 1 4
Gen Education: Arts and Humanities 3
 Hours17
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
TA 240 Stagecraft 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social and Behavioral Sciences-SB 3
Foreign Language 2 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall
TA 327 Acting Fundamentals: The Craft of Imagination 3
TA 243 Design Aesthetics - AH 3
TA 326 Cultural Diversity in Performance - AH, D1 3
TA 350 Theatre Production Practicum 1
TA 360 Theatre History & Script Analysis I: Classical-Medieval - WR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Science with Lab-B or S/SL 4
 Hours17
Spring
TA 245 Costume Construction 3
TA 361 Theatre History & Script Analysis II: Renaissance-Romantic - WR 3
TA 350 Theatre Production Practicum 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH, D2 3
Humanities elective (non-Theatre Arts) (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Year 3
Fall
TA 362 Theatre History & Script Analysis III: Modern & Contemporary - WR 3
TA 433 Fundamentals of Stage & Production Management 3
TA 350 Theatre Production Practicum 1
Humanities elective (non-Theatre Arts) (300 level or above) 3
Theatre Arts Elective 3
Theatre Arts Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring
TA 366 History of the African-American Theatre - AH, D1, WR 3
TA 460 Black Diasporic Conversations Seminar 1
TA 350 Theatre Production Practicum 1
Theatre Arts elective 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities elective (non-Theatre Arts) (300 level or above) 3
 Hours14
Year 4
Fall
TA 350 Theatre Production Practicum 1
Theatre Arts elective 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities elective (non-Theatre Arts) (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
General elective (if necessary) 0-3
 Hours13-16
Spring
TA 550 Culminating Undergraduate Experience Practicum - CUE 3
Theatre Arts elective 3
Theatre Arts elective 3
Humanities elective (non-Theatre Arts) (300 level or above) 3
 Hours12
 Minimum Total Hours121-124

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan.  What-if reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

To create either report:

  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Student Services tab.
  3. Next, click on "View my Academic Advisement Report" to run a Degree Audit report in the Undergraduate Advising area. 
  4. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."

Click here to run a Degree Audit report, or create a What-if report.

Flight Planner
Based on your major, the Flight Planner tool may be available for you to create a personalized Flight Plan.  The Flight Planner can be found in the ULink Student Center.  Consult with your advisor for assistance with the Flight Planner.