The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre is designed to provide intensive training, preparing students for careers in the professional or academic theatre. Admission to this program is available by audition/interview only. Students admitted to this BFA program will combine a basic foundation of general studies with an extensive selection of performance-oriented coursework (acting, directing, design, and dance) and participation in the co-curricular production activities of the department. This degree may be earned in eight semesters if students average 16 hours per semester. Continuation in the program is contingent upon annual review of student work.

Important Notes

  •  View the Undergraduate Catalog 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 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 120 s.h. to graduate (at least 60 s.h. must be completed at the 2600 level or higher and 39 s.h. must be at the 3700 level or higher).
  •  The following courses do NOT count as hours toward graduation:
    ENGL 1509Academic English for Non-native Speakers3
    ENGL 1512English Conversation for Non-native Speakers1
    ENGL 1541Introduction 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
Mathematics Requirement3
Arts and Humanities (2 courses) Included in Major0
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab) 7
Social Science (1 course)3
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
Social and Personal Awareness (1 course)3
KSS 1500Physical Activity Core Concepts1
KSS 1514Fencing 11
KSS 1550Pilates1
or KSS 1552 Yoga
Theatre Core
THTR 1512The American Musical *Art and Humanities Requirement3
THTR 1559Production Design for Stage and Screen3
THTR 1560Introduction to Theatre *Art and Humanities Requirement3
THTR 1561Stagecraft3
THTR 1563Costume Construction and Craft3
THTR 1585Acting 1: Fundamentals3
Theatre Participation (THTR 2600) must be taken 3 times for a total of 3 s.h.3
THTR 2607Introduction to Puppetry3
THTR 2640Theatre History3
THTR 2661Introduction to Stage Management3
Theatre Participation 2 (THTR 3700) must be taken 4 times for a total of 4 s.h.4
THTR 3701Professional Preparation3
THTR 3768Script Analysis for Stage and Screen3
THTR 4898Senior Project3
Major Concentration
THTR 2667Acting 2: Character Creation & Scene Work3
THTR 2672Bodyvoice for Actors3
THTR 3761Stage Makeup3
THTR 3762Directing 13
THTR 3766Stage Combat3
THTR 3772Acting 3: Advanced Character Study & Repertoire Acquisition3
THTR 4899FTopics Thtr Improv Sketch Com3
THTR 4899MTopics in Theatre: Costume Specialty Crafts3
Select two of the following courses:6
Shakespeare and Period Styles
Introduction to Dialects
Acting 4: Acting on Camera
Select three of the following courses:9
Scene Design
Lighting Design
Costume Design
Topics in Theatre (THTR 4899A, THTR 4899B, THTR 4899C, THTR 4899Q, THTR 4899R)
Select one of the following courses:3
Topics in Puppetry
Topics in Theatre Playwriting
Movement Electives3-4
Modern Dance 1 (1 s.h.)
Select 2 of the following courses:
Modern Dance 2
Jazz Dance 1 (1 s.h.)
Tap Dance 1 (1 s.h.)
Ballet 1 (1 s.h.)
Total Semester Hours120-123
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
THTR 1559 Production Design for Stage and Screen 3
THTR 1560 Introduction to Theatre 3
THTR 1585 Acting 1: Fundamentals 3
THTR 2600 Theatre Participation 1
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
 Semester Hours14-16
DNCE 1540 Modern Dance 1 1
THTR 1561 Stagecraft 3
THTR 2600 Theatre Participation 1
THTR 2667 Acting 2: Character Creation & Scene Work 3
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
Mathematics Requirement 3
 Semester Hours17
Year 2
THTR 1563 Costume Construction and Craft 3
THTR 2600 Theatre Participation 1
THTR 3768 Script Analysis for Stage and Screen 3
THTR 3772 Acting 3: Advanced Character Study & Repertoire Acquisition 3
Movement Elective 1
Social Science GER 3
 Semester Hours14
THTR 2607 Introduction to Puppetry 3
THTR 2640 Theatre History 3
THTR 2672 Bodyvoice for Actors 3
THTR 3700 Theatre Participation 2 1
THTR 3761 Stage Makeup 3
Natural Science GER 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
THTR 2661 Introduction to Stage Management 3
THTR 3700 Theatre Participation 2 1
THTR 3762 Directing 1 3
THTR 4899
Topics in Theatre
or Scene Design
or Lighting Design
or Costume Design
KSS 1500 Physical Activity Core Concepts 1
Movement Elective 1-2
Social & Personal Awareness GER 3
 Semester Hours15-16
THTR 3700 Theatre Participation 2 1
THTR 3707
Topics in Puppetry
or Topics in Theatre Playwriting
THTR 4899M Topics in Theatre: Costume Specialty Crafts 3
THTR 3766
Stage Combat
or Topics Thtr Improv Sketch Com
THTR 4880
Shakespeare and Period Styles
or Introduction to Dialects
or Acting 4: Acting on Camera
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
THTR 1512 The American Musical 3
THTR 3700 Theatre Participation 2 1
THTR 3701 Professional Preparation 3
THTR 3763
Scene Design
or Lighting Design
or Costume Design
or Topics in Theatre
KSS 1514 Fencing 1 1
Natural Science + Lab GER 4
 Semester Hours15
THTR 3765
Lighting Design
or Scene Design
or Costume Design
or Topics in Theatre
THTR 3771
Introduction to Dialects
or Acting 4: Acting on Camera
or Shakespeare and Period Styles
THTR 4898 Senior Project 3
THTR 4899F
Topics Thtr Improv Sketch Com
or Stage Combat
KSS 1552 Yoga (or KSS 1550 Pilates) 1
 Semester Hours13
 Total Semester Hours120-123

Public Performances – Students demonstrate competence in the creation and presentation of public theatre events as performers and demonstrate the ability to act, i.e. to project one's self believably in work and action into imaginary circumstances in roles in a wide range of styles and formats.

Knowledge of History and Cultural Dimensions – Students demonstrate knowledge of the history and cultural influences of and upon the institution of theatre throughout the ages.

Informed Assessments of Quality – Students demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate works of theatre.

Critical Thinking – Students demonstrate the ability to define a desired goal in creating a work of theatre and find solutions to achieve that goal.