College of Humanities & Fine Arts

BA in Theatre Arts


The Department of Music and Theatre Arts provides focused, pre-professional training within the context of broad, liberal arts study. Through a program of applied studio courses, workshops, and full productions, students learn an immediately useful set of theatre skills to prepare them for entry-level professional theatre employment or advanced study in professional theatre training programs and graduate schools. Concurrent study of textual analysis, literature, and history help them place the theatre within its larger historical and cultural context and to think critically, reason clearly, imagine creatively and communicate effectively about theatre and the world of which it is a part.

The Theatre Arts major centers around a core of fundamental courses. Each student chooses a particular area of theatre practice in which to concentrate additional study: performance, technical theatre/design, or general theatre.

Goals & Objectives

  • Ability to comprehend, articulate and execute aesthetic ideas and concepts
  • Ability to understand theatre within its historical and cultural contexts
  • Collaborative and interpersonal skills
  • Organizational and leadership skills
  • Performance and design/technical competencies

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to comprehend and appreciate aesthetic ideas and concepts within the theatrical or musical arts through practice, observation, and study.
  2. Students will be able to articulate knowledge, theory and criticism of the musical or theatrical arts within a historical and cultural context through writing, oral presentation, and applied practice.
  3. Students will be able to apply individual, collaborative and leadership skills through performance or studio production.
  4. Students will have a working knowledge of current industry standards and practices respective to their discipline(s).

Additional Outcomes by Degree: Theatre Arts

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of vocational practices including professional rehearsal procedures, audition techniques, and portfolio demonstration.