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The Department of Theatre and Dance (TH, DN)

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers undergraduate majors in theatre and dance and a minor in theatre.

Theatre Major (BA)

Department of Theatre and Dance, 115 Rowand-Johnson Hall

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in theatre must complete all University, college (see p. 50-52), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form. (Also see “Additional Major Requirements.”)

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA and all work attempted applicable to the major throughout the entire higher education career.

Major courses. The major in theatre requires the successful completion of the following 36 semester hours:

TH 1413
TH 120 or TH 2203
TH 2911
TH 361 or TH 4703
TH 3911
TH 4513
TH 4523
TH 4911
TH electives 300 or 400 level1
TH electives17

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus. Ancillary. The theatre major does not require ancillary courses. (For exceptions, see “Musical theatre track” below.)

Required minor. The theatre major requires the completion of a minor. (For exceptions, see “Musical theatre track” below.)

Additional major requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester.

Special opportunities. The Department of Theatre and Dance offers various programs of study leading to the BA degree in theatre. These program areas include acting, musical theatre, theatre management and administration, scene design and technical production, and costume design and production. Please see the principal advisor in each of these areas for entrance requirements and a suggested course of study.

The highly motivated student who seeks to be well prepared for either the profession or graduate education may choose to take more hours in the major than the specified 36. This plan of action is highly desirable and strongly advised, but is not required. If more than 42 hours are accrued in the major, the student will be exceeding the 120 credit-hour requirement for graduation by the number of hours taken over the single subject 42 semester-hour limit.

Musical theatre track. A musical theatre track has been designed for students preparing for careers or graduate study in musical theatre. Admission is by audition, and students are expected to show continued progress in acting, singing, and dancing. Students take all required courses for the theatre major, as well as a series of musical theatre courses, a minimum of 20 hours of ancillary courses in music and dance, and electives. A complete curriculum and suggested sequence of courses is available on the department’s Web site. Because of the ancillary requirements, a minor is not required with the musical theatre track but one may be completed.

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