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The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies, Film/Video Studies combines an array of liberal arts coursework with extensive practical training in the techniques of theatre, film, and video 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 and offers specialty courses within the Theatre, Telecommunications, and English departments. Students within this degree program select one of three areas: Production, Visual Media and Design, or Critical Studies.

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 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).
YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Math Requirement (from approved courses)3
Arts and Humanities (6 s.h.)
THTR 1590History of Motion Pictures3
or THTR 2690 The Art of Motion Pictures
THTR 1512The American Musical3
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab) (6-7 s.h.)6-7
Social Science (6 s.h.)6
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)6
Foreign Language Requirement
Foreign Language 15504
Foreign Language 26604
Grade of "C" or better is required. Courses cannot be taken "CR/NC"
Core Courses
Theater Participation 1 (THTR 2600) must be repeated 3 times for a total of 3 s.h.3
THTR 1512The American Musical3
THTR 1559Production Design for Stage and Screen3
THTR 1590History of Motion Pictures3
or THTR 2690 The Art of Motion Pictures
THTR 2661Stage Management1
Theater Participation 2 (THTR 3700) must be repeated 4 times for a total of 4 s.h.4
DNCE 2698Survey of Dance3
THTR 3768Script Analysis for Stage and Screen3
THTR 4891Theatre History Before 17003
THTR 4860Theatre History after 17003
THTR 4898Senior Project3
Interdisciplinary Film/Video Studies
THTR 1561Stagecraft3
CMST 2650Rhetoric of Film3
ENGL 2665Introduction to Film Study3
THTR 3701Professional Preparation2
ENGL 3748Screenwriting3
THTR 3762Directing 13
or THTR 4870 Acting 4: Acting on Camera
THTR 3763Scene Design3
or THTR 3765 Lighting Design
or THTR 3769 Costume Design
ENGL 3765Film Genres3
THTR 4893Independent Study in Theatre3
37/48XX Film/Video Studies Elective3
Choose one Specialization (15-20 s.h)15-20
Production (20 s.h.)
Introduction to Telecommunication Studies
Telecommunication Technologies
Scriptwriting for Electronic Media
Media Operations and Performance
Audio Production
Video Production 1
Advanced Audio/Video Production and Editing
Visual Media and Design (18 s.h.)
Fundamentals of 2D Design
Introduction to Digital Media
Video Art
Multimedia Design
Visual M&D Upper Division Elective
Critical Studies (15 s.h.)
History of Motion Pictures
The Art of Motion Pictures
Literary Study
Film Genres
Selected Topics in Film
Critical Studies Upper Division Elective
Critical Studies Upper Division Elective
University Electives
Any Upper Division University Course (If need to reach 120 hours)3
Total Semester Hours124-132
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
TCOM 1580
Introduction to Telecommunication Studies
or Fundamentals of 2D Design
or History of Motion Pictures
THTR 1559 Production Design for Stage and Screen 3
THTR 2600 Theatre Participation 1
ENGL 2665 Introduction to Film Study 3
 Semester Hours14-16
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
THTR 1590
History of Motion Pictures
or The Art of Motion Pictures
THTR 1561 Stagecraft 3
THTR 2600 Theatre Participation 1
TCOM 1581
Telecommunication Technologies
or Introduction to Digital Media
or The Art of Motion Pictures
or History of Motion Pictures
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
CMST 2650 Rhetoric of Film 3
THTR 2600 Theatre Participation 1
Approved MATH Course 3
TCOM 2682
Scriptwriting for Electronic Media
or Video Art
or Literary Study
Science with Lab 4
THTR 1512 The American Musical 3
 Semester Hours17
DNCE 2698 Survey of Dance 3
THTR 3700 Theatre Participation 2 1
Social and Personal Awareness Gen Ed 3
Social Science Gen Ed 3
Science Gen Ed 3
THTR 3768 Script Analysis for Stage and Screen 3
THTR 2661 Stage Management 1
 Semester Hours17
Year 3
Foreign Language 1550 4
THTR 3700 Theatre Participation 2 1
Specialization Course: TCOM 2683 or ART 3796 or Critical Studies Upper Division Elective 3
ENGL 3765 Film Genres 3
Social and Personal Awareness Gen Ed 3
THTR 4891 Theatre History Before 1700 3
 Semester Hours17
Foreign Language 2600 4
THTR 3700 Theatre Participation 2 1
Theatre Design Course 3
ENGL 3748 Screenwriting 3
THTR 4860 Theatre History after 1700 3
THTR 3701 Professional Preparation 2
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
THTR 3700 Theatre Participation 2 1
Social Science Gen Ed 3
THTR 3762
Directing 1
or Acting 4: Acting on Camera
Specialization Course: TCOM 3781 or ART 4891 or ENGL 3765 (second time) 3
THTR 4893 Independent Study in Theatre 3
 Semester Hours13
THTR 4898 Senior Project 3
Upper Division Elective
Specialization Course: TCOM 4850 or ART Upper Division Elective or ENGL 4865 3
37XX/48XX Film Elective 3
Specialization Course: TCOM 3782 or Critical Studies Upper Division Elective 3
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours122-124