Theatre Degrees

B.A. versus B.F.A.

The B.A. is a liberal arts degree. It focuses on theatre in the context of a broad program of general studies. The B.A. degree requires 46 hours in theatre. Additionally, the department of theatre offers two areas of emphasis within the B.A. degree: the B.A. in Theatre (Theatre Ministry); and the B.A. in Theatre (Dramatic Writing). The B.A. degrees with an emphasis require 53-54 hours in theatre.

The B.F.A. is a professional degree. It provides an intensive study in an aspect of theatre, supported by general studies. The B.F.A. in Acting requires 78 hours in theatre and acting. The B.F.A. in Musical Theatre requires 84 hours in theatre, acting, voice, and dance.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

The B.A. in Theatre is a liberal arts degree designed to give students a wide range of training in different facets of the art of theatre, both off stage and on. The Bachelor of Arts program allows students the flexibility to pursue a diversity of interests both within the department and outside of their major. Students who graduate with a B.A. in Theatre may choose to continue their study at the graduate level, teach theatre at the secondary level, and/or pursue careers as actors, designers or technicians in professional or non-professional venues.

The B.A. in Theatre requires a minimum of 124 hours, including at least 46 hours in theatre. Download the course requirements for the B.A. in Theatre degree.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting

The B.F.A. in Acting is a professional degree that provides an intensive study in acting supported by general studies. Students in this program are required to audition and be available to perform in all departmental productions. B.F.A. in Acting students are required to participate in Audition Day Juries each semester, presenting a growing list of potential audition material. To graduate, B.F.A. in Acting students must perform a Senior Showcase, demonstrating command of the material learned in coursework. Students who graduate with a B.F.A. in Acting will be prepared to pursue acting as a career. Students who graduate with a B.F.A. in Acting may choose to continue their study at the graduate level.

The B.F.A. in Acting requires a minimum of 124 hours, including 78 hours in theatre and performance. Download the course requirements for the B.F.A. in Acting degree.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

The B.F.A. in Musical Theatre is a professional degree that provides an intensive study in musical theatre, including singing, dancing, and acting. This rigorous study of musical theatre is supported by general studies. B.F.A. in Musical Theatre students are required to audition and be available to perform in all departmental productions. Students in this program are required to participate in Audition Day Juries each semester, presenting a growing list of potential audition material. Students are required to pass a piano proficiency test. To graduate, B.F.A. in Musical Theatre students must perform a Senior Showcase, demonstrating command of the material learned in coursework. Students who graduate with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre will be prepared to pursue careers in musical theatre.

The B.F.A. in Musical Theatre requires a minimum of 128 hours, including 60 hours in theatre and dance and 24 hours in music. Download the course requirements for the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre degree.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (Theatre Ministry)

The B.A. in Theatre with an Emphasis in Theatre Ministry is a liberal-arts degree intended to provide students skills and training in both theatre arts and in ministry. Students who graduate with a B.A. in Theatre (Theatre Ministry) will be prepared to utilize the art and craft of theatre to serve within a variety of ministry organizations.

The B.A. in Theatre (Theatre Ministry) requires a minimum of 124 hours, including at least 53 hours in courses specific to theatre and ministry. Download the course requirements for the B.A. in Theatre (Theatre Ministry) degree.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (Dramatic Writing)

The B.A. in Theatre with an Emphasis in Dramatic Literature is a liberal-arts degree intended to provide students a solid foundation in theatre studies in general and specifically in the creation and development of new plays. This degree is designed for students who wish to pursue additional professional and/or graduate study in playwriting.

The B.A. in Theatre (Dramatic Writing) requires a minimum of 124 hours, including 54 hours in theatre and writing. Download the course requirements for the B.A. in Theatre (Dramatic Writing) degree.

Minor in Theatre

Students interested in minoring in Theatre are expected to complete a small, diverse set of coursework and practical experience that certifies a person’s involvement in the practice of Theatre. Minors in Theatre are invited to participate with theatre majors in all levels of theatre activity, from onstage experiences to backstage and management opportunities.