The Department of Theatre offers the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre degree. The BA degree is a generalist degree, designed to provide a broad background in practical and theoretical areas while allowing students to develop a limited emphasis area. Students interested in several areas of performance and production or students interested in pursuing a double major or minor elect this degree plan. The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre is a comprehensive 48-hour degree with course work in performance, directing, production, design and theatre history. Students can emphasize acting or design to a limited degree and can supplement their education with a minor in a related subject or a second major.
An active production program in two well-equipped theatre spaces augments course work. The regular production schedule consists of three to four major productions each year and two to four fully mounted studio productions that are often directed, designed, and performed by students. Students also have the opportunity to study with a variety of guest artists and scholars during each academic year.
In addition to professional careers in acting and production, this major can lead to careers in arts management, teaching, law, counseling, or any career area where self-awareness, problem solving, group collaboration and effective personal communication are essential.
The department offers course work leading to the Master of Arts degree in Theatre. The Master of Arts degree in Theatre is an initial graduate degree designed to build on students’ individual theatre skills and to deepen a student’s theoretical and practical understanding of the art form. Accepting only a limited number of students each year, the degree affords a great deal of individual contact with faculty members and considerable latitude in developing the plan of study.
Graduate candidates take a central general core of graduate level courses augmented by other courses available in the department and the university to develop and support their areas of special interest. Typically students seeking this degree plan to become teachers in secondary schools or two year colleges, or students who seek to enhance their background and skills in preparation for the pursuit of advanced degree work in a Master of Fine Arts or Doctoral Program.
The Master of Arts degree may be achieved in accordance with any of the three plans described in the section "Master's Degree Programs" in the "Graduate College" section of the Catalog.
A limited number of teaching assistantships are available to highly qualified students. Information and application forms may be obtained from the department head.
Undergraduate credentials should be referred to the department graduate program coordinator for evaluation to assist advisement and to determine any possible deficiencies that will affect the admission status