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Degree Options

You get to decide. The major in theatre arts offers three options to tailor your degree to your future goals:


  • General Theatre
  • Design
  • Performance

General Option

The general option offers a broad study of all areas of theatre and cinema. The B.A. degree includes foundation credits in acting, design, production, theatre history, cinema, directing, and Shakespeare. This option requires fewer hours making it a great choice for students looking to explore a second major.

Design Option

The design and technology option focuses on advanced study in the areas of theatre design and technology, with courses available in scenic, lighting, costume, sound, and properties design; stage management; technical and construction skills; CAD (Computer-aided Design) and rendering techniques, as well as a foundation in the history and practice of theatre production. This degree fosters creativity through a hands-on approach, with students taking an active role in such areas as set building, light board programming, and costume shop work.

Performance Option

The emphasis in Performance requires a minimum of 57 credit hours, including foundational and advanced performance focused classes. The curriculum provides specific training in acting, voice, movement, and directing. Workshop productions and a myriad of performance opportunities allow for your education to thrive outside of the classroom. Our students also learn from notable guest artists who teach classes and work on our productions.