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The Bachelor of Arts in Theater Studies combines an array of liberal arts coursework with extensive practical training in the techniques of theater production. Students work closely with their instructors in the classroom as well as in laboratory settings. As with any liberal arts degree, the BA is primarily designed to provide students with a broad general education, but its location in a department of theater provides special opportunities to develop production/performance skills as well. This degree program is fully accredited by The National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Important Notes

  •  View the Undergraduate Catalog online for information including course descriptions and prerequisites, major and minor requirements, academic policies, etc.
  •  Check the Undergraduate Catalog for course prerequisites; classes taken out of sequence will not count toward graduation.
  •  A grade of “C” or better is required in all required major and minor courses. Courses taken as “CR/NC” will not count towards the major or minor.
  •  Courses cannot count toward both the major and minor.
  •  Courses taken for the major and minor may be applied toward satisfying General Education requirements but credit hours cannot be double counted.
  •  Course numbers of 3700 and higher are considered upper-division courses.
  •  You must complete coursework totaling a minimum of 124 s.h. to graduate (at least 60 s.h. must be completed at the 2600 level or higher and 48 s.h. must be at the 3700 level or higher).
  •  The following courses do NOT count as hours toward graduation:
    MATH 1501Elementary Algebraic Models5
    MATH 1507Intermediate Algebra3
    ENGL 1509Academic English for Non-native Speakers3
    ENGL 1512English Conversation for Non-native Speakers1
    ENGL 1539Fundamentals of College Writing4
    ENGL 1540Introduction to College Writing3
    RSS 1510AAdvanced College Success Skills3
    RSS 1510BBasic College Success Skills3
    RSS 1510CSTEM Advanced College Success Skills4
  •  The residency rule states that the last 30 s.h.of your degree and at least 16 s.h. in your major and 21 s.h. in upper-division courses must be completed at YSU.
  •  Eligibility to continue receiving federal financial aid is affected by your “satisfactory academic progress.” Carefully review details on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship website.
  •  Meet with your advisor on a regular basis to ensure you are meeting requirements for graduation.

Graduation Process

  •  One Year Before Expected Graduation
    •  Request a Graduation Evaluation
    •  When your evaluation is complete, make an appointment with the chairperson of your department.
  •  Semester You Plan To Graduate
    •  Apply for graduation during the first three weeks of the semester you plan to graduate (you must have a graduation evaluation completed in advance).

Grade of "C" or better is required for all major and minor courses. Courses cannot be taken "CR/NC".

General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement
Arts and Humanities (6 SH total that are counted in the Major Requirements)
Natural Science (two plus lab)7
Social Science6
Social and Personal Awareness6
FNLG 1550Elementary Foreign Language4
FNLG 2600Intermediate Foreign Language4
CCAC 1500College Success3
Major Requirements
Theater Participation 1 (THTR 2600A, THTR 2600B, THTR 2600C)3
THTR 1512Survey of Musical Theater3
THTR 1559Play Production3
THTR 1590History of Motion Pictures3
or THTR 2690 The Art of Motion Pictures
THTR 2661Stage Management1
Theater Participation 2 (THTR 3700A, THTR 3700B, THTR 3700C, THTR 3700D)4
THTR 3768Script Analysis3
THTR 4891Theater History Before 17003
THTR 4860Theater History after 17003
THTR 4898Senior Project3
General Studies
THTR 1561Stagecraft3
THTR 2668Acting 1: Fundamentals3
THTR 3701Professional Preparation2
THTR 4893Independent Study in Theater3
or THTR 4895 Arts in Education Internship: Theater
Electives: Select 24 s.h. of Theater electives or double major (at least 12 s.h. upper division).24
Minor Electives18
Total Semester Hours124
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
CCAC 1500 College Success 3
THTR 1512 Survey of Musical Theater 3
THTR 1559 Play Production 3
THTR 2668 Acting 1: Fundamentals 3
THTR 2600A Theatre Participation 1 1
 Semester Hours16
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
THTR 1561 Stagecraft 3
MATH XXXX Approved General Education Math course 3
THTR 2600B Theater Participation 1 1
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
THTR 3768 Script Analysis 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Social and Personal Awareness 3
FNLG 1550 Elementary Foreign Language 4
THTR 2600C Theater Participation 1 1
Social Science 3
Minor/Double Major 3
 Semester Hours14
THTR 1590
History of Motion Pictures
or The Art of Motion Pictures
THTR 3700A Theater Participation 2 1
FNLG 2600 Intermediate Foreign Language 4
THTR 2661 Stage Management 1
Natural Science + Lab 4
Elective/Double Major 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
THTR 3701 Professional Preparation 2
THTR 4891 Theater History Before 1700 3
Minor/Double Major 3
THTR 3700B Theater Participation 1
Minor/Double Major 3
Elective/Double Major 3
 Semester Hours15
THTR 4860 Theater History after 1700 3
THTR 4893
Independent Study in Theater
or Arts in Education Internship: Theater
Natural Science 3
THTR 3700C Theater Participation 2 1
Minor/Double Major 3
Elective/Double Major 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
Minor/Double Major 3
THTR 3700D Theater Participation 2 1
Social and Personal Awareness 3
Upper Division Elective/Double Major 3
Upper Division Elective/Double Major 3
Elective/Double Major 3
 Semester Hours16
THTR 4898 Senior Project 3
Minor/Double Major 3
Social Science 3
Upper Division Elective/Double Major 3
Upper Division Elective/Double Major 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours124

Learning Outcomes

  1. Pubic Performances – Students will competently create and present public theater events, either as a performers, designers or technicians .
  2. Knowledge of History and Cultural Dimensions:  Students will explain the history and cultural influences of and upon the institution of theater throughout the ages.
  3. Informed Assessments of Quality:  Students will critically evaluate works of theater.
  4. Critical Thinking:  Students will define a desired goal in creating a work of theater, and devise a plan to achieve that goal.