Jun 20, 2021
The School of Theatre and Dance offers a B.A. in theatre. A theatre major must fulfill degree and major requirements.
Credit by Examination
A student may earn credit for a course in the School of Theatre and Dance by passing an examination. The school administers credit by examination tests during only the first two weeks of a fall or spring semester. The tests will not be offered during summer sessions. A student can take a credit by examination test only once during a semester.
A student must request permission for credit by examination by the end of the semester that precedes the semester in which he/she wants to take the examination. Theatre and dance majors who want to meet a major requirement through examination must take the examination before their final year of study. The school does not offer credit by examination for performance or design courses such as acting, directing, scene design, lighting design, costume design, makeup, stage management, dance technique, composition and ensembles.
Degree and Major Requirements
- General Education 41 Credit Hours 1
- Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required) 0-14 Credit Hours 2
- Philosophy course (in addition to General Education courses) 3 Credit Hours
- University electives 17-28 Credit Hours
- Major requirements (listed below) 48 Credit Hours
1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student's chosen language (typically 232) or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures' placement test.
All students pursuing a B.A. degree in theatre must complete the core requirements.
Choose one of the following: 2 Credit Hours
Core Requirments: 8 Credit Hours
Choose four of the following: 4 Credit Hours
(One credit each from scenery, lighting, costumes, management or performance)
Choose one of the following: 3 Credit Hours
Performance Requirements: 3 Credit Hours
Design/Technology Requirements: 3 Credit Hours
Theatre majors may fulfill the requirements for one or more concentrations or complete nine THEA credits not already applied to the major.
Students in concentrations receive concentration-related advising. In order to formally pursue a concentration, student must apply for the concentration, which can happen as early as the fall of sophomore year for the theatre education concentration and as early as the spring of sophomore year for the theatre studies, performance and design/technology concentrations.
Students who complete the theatre education concentration earn K-12 teaching licensure in theatre. This concentration requires 12 THEA credits.
For the theatre education concentration, the following courses (20 credit hours) are required in addition to the concentration courses with THEA designations.
Recommended Schedule for Theatre Majors
Teacher Licensure in Theatre
In addition to general education and theatre and dance requirements, students desiring PreK-12 teaching licensure in theatre must complete eight credits of additional course work in education and psychology and 12 credits of student teaching. Within the major requirements, students interested in licensure must complete 12 hours of theatre education courses as part of their theatre education concentration. It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses. For a complete description of admission and retention policies and procedures for teacher education, refer to the College of Education.
Students seeking licensure are encouraged to consult regularly with the program adviser of theatre education. The undergraduate degree leading to licensure must include the following minimum requirements in theatre:
- Theatre education concentration requirements (12 credits)
- All theatre major core requirements (8 credits)
- All theatre major non-concentration requirements (25 credits)
- Directing to fulfill the major performance requirement (3 credits)
The following is a list of the required courses leading to PK-12 theatre licensure and a suggested sequence of when each may be taken. The first four theatre courses are concentration requirements; THEA 355 fulfills the performance requirement for the major and Virginia teacher licensure.
Required Education and Psychology Courses