2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog/Student Handbook 
    May 30, 2024  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog/Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre Arts, Theatre Studies Track, B.A.

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Requirements for the Theatre Arts Major - 52 Credits

The major in Theatre Arts is designed to provide students with a fundamentally sound and well-rounded bachelor of arts education and training in theatre and in its related arts of performance and design. It is the objective of the Theatre Arts Program to instill in students an abiding respect for theatre as an historical and cultural institution; to enhance their appreciation of theatre’s significant role in a society’s social, political, and cultural life; and to prepare students for the world of professional theatre and for graduate study. The bachelor of arts in Theatre Arts degree requires 52 credit hours of study, which includes 15 credit hours in one of three tracks of study: Performance, Design/Technology, or Theatre Studies. The Theatre Studies track gives students the opportunity to fashion their own areas of focus in consultation with a theatre advisor. In addition to its curricular requirements, the Program provides students with practical experience in all aspects of theatre production as part of their educational experience. The creative process, a professional attitude and work ethic, and artistic integrity are the emphases of all theatre production courses. Theatre majors are also required to fulfill the English department’s foreign language requirement.

Theatre Studies Track - 15 Credits

Students must consult with a Theatre Arts program advisor in choosing their courses, in order to insure sufficient breadth and balance within the concentration. Courses may be selected from the Performance and Design/Technology tracks, the approved Theatre elective courses list, and any in the Theatre major core requirements list that are not being used to fulfill the requirements of that area. This track is recommended for students interested in pursuing one of the Massachusetts Department of Education’s alternative routes to licensure in Theatre.

Approved Theatre Elective Courses

Students may petition to substitute courses from this list of electives to satisfy the core curriculum or the Performance or Design/Technology track requirements. Approval will be granted by the student’s faculty advisor and the department chair, provided such substitutions satisfy the depth, breadth, and specificity of study required by the Theatre Arts program.


* May be taken up to eight times for credit

Additional Graduation Requirements

All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements  and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core  .

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