Theatre Arts Degree (B.A.), Theatre Studies Track

Why Choose the Theatre Studies Track?

The Theatre Studies track gives you the opportunity to fashion your own areas of focus in consultation with a theatre advisor. In addition to its curricular requirements, the Program provides you with practical experience in all aspects of theatre production as part of your educational experience.

Requirements for the Theatre Studies Track

Requirements for the Theatre Arts Major - 52 Credits

The major in Theatre Arts is designed to provide students with a fundamentally sound and well-rounded bachelor of arts education and training in theatre and in its related arts of performance and design. It is the objective of the Theatre Arts Program to instill in students an abiding respect for theatre as an historical and cultural institution; to enhance their appreciation of theatre’s significant role in a society’s social, political, and cultural life; and to prepare students for the world of professional theatre and for graduate study. The bachelor of arts in Theatre Arts degree requires 52 credit hours of study, which includes 15 credit hours in one of three tracks of study: Performance, Design/Technology, or Theatre Studies. The Theatre Studies track gives students the opportunity to fashion their own areas of focus in consultation with a theatre advisor. In addition to its curricular requirements, the Program provides students with practical experience in all aspects of theatre production as part of their educational experience. The creative process, a professional attitude and work ethic, and artistic integrity are the emphases of all theatre production courses. Theatre majors are also required to fulfill the English department’s foreign language requirement.

    Required Theatre Arts Core Curriculum - 37 Credits:

    • ENGL 0287 - World Drama
    • ENGL 0365 - Dramatic Theory and Criticism
    • THEA 0151 - Introduction to Performance
    • THEA 0152 - Scenography
    • THEA 0251 - Theatre Management
    • THEA 0260 - Script Analysis & Interpretation
    • THEA 0261 - Theatre History: Early Stages

    • THEA 0253 - Theatre Workshop or
    • THEA 0360 - Theatre Production

    • THEA 0380 - Professional Theatre Seminar

    Select one course from each category, A, B, and C:


      • THEA 0262 - Theatre History: Renaissance to Romanticism
      • THEA 0263 - Theatre History: The Modern Stage


      • ENGL 0317 - Shakespeare: Tragedies and Histories
      • ENGL 0318 - Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances


      • ENGL 0364 - American Drama
      • ENGL 0370 - Modern Drama

      Tracks of Study

      Theater Arts majors are required to select one of the following tracks to complete the major requirements.

        Theatre Studies Track - 15 Credits

        Students must consult with a Theatre Arts program advisor in choosing their courses, in order to insure sufficient breadth and balance within the concentration. Courses may be selected from the Performance and Design/Technology tracks, the approved Theatre elective courses list, and any in the Theatre major core requirements list that are not being used to fulfill the requirements of that area. This track is recommended for students interested in pursuing one of the Massachusetts Department of Education’s alternative routes to licensure in Theatre.

          Approved Theatre Elective Courses

          Students may petition to substitute courses from this list of electives to satisfy the core curriculum or the Performance or Design/Technology track requirements. Approval will be granted by the student’s faculty advisor and the department chair, provided such substitutions satisfy the depth, breadth, and specificity of study required by the Theatre Arts program.

          • ART 0103 - Drawing I
          • ART 0104 - Design Fundamentals
          • ART 0106 - Art Survey: Prehistoric to Middle Ages
          • ART 0107 - Art Survey: Renaissance to Present
          • COMM 0101 - Introduction to Mass Communication
          • COMM 0332 - Writing for the Interactive Media
          • ENGL 0276 - Writing About the Arts
          • ENGL 0285 - Basics of Film Writing
          • ENGL 0367 - Film Theory and Criticism
          • ENGL 0385 - Screenwriting for Feature Film
          • ENGL 0391 - Special Studies in Film
          • ENGL 0393 - History and Development of Motion Pictures
          • MUSC 0101 - Music Appreciation
          • MUSC 0160 - History of Jazz
          • MUSC 0200 - Music History I
          • MUSC 0201 - Music History II
          • THEA 0350 - Dramaturgy
          • THEA 0358 - Production Seminar *
          • THEA 0360 - Theatre Production
          • THEA 0362 - Research Seminar in Theatre
          • THEA 0398 - Internship in Theatre
          • THEA 0399 - Independent Study


          * May be taken up to eight times for credit

            Additional Graduation Requirements

            All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .