With strong emphases in acting, musical theatre, new works and design/technical theatre, the program prepares students for graduate study or a life in the profession. Students gain practical experience through a wide array of courses designed to expose them to the varied aspects and positions involved in theatrical production. The faculty is augmented by nationally-renowned theatre artists-in-residence.
A minimum of 62 credits with grades of C- or higher in theatre arts is required for the major.
Students enrolled in this department's major or minor may count credits in required applied courses toward their degrees beyond the normal maximum of 9 credits allowed in the College of Arts and Sciences. However, if a student changes the major or does not complete the requirements for the minor at the time of graduation, they may only count a maximum of 9 credits of the applied credits toward graduation.
Students preparing to teach in the public schools may qualify for certification by completing the Bachelor of Science in Education degree with theatre arts as a teaching field. (See the College of Education webpage.)