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  Dec 17, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts (B.A.)



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Total Semester Hours required for the Degree: 120 semester hours

Semester Hours required for the Theatre Arts Major: 53 semester hours

The Department of Theatre offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. It concentrates on undergraduate programs that stress the interdependency of academic and production experiences.  This liberal arts program emphasizes the importance of a broad theatre background and the mastery of theatre fundamentals in preparation for the more advanced training found in graduate schools or in professional theatre, internship/apprentice programs, or for a career in theatre education.

All students begin a major in Theatre Arts with a core of requirements. Theatre Arts majors then select a particular emphasis that will aid in attaining career goals.  Theatre Arts majors must earn a minimum of at least a “C” (2.0) in each major course.  A GPA of not less than 2.5 is required in the major.

Major


Core Requirements


Required Core: 26 Credit Hours

Foundation Courses


Total Semester Hours: 5

Footnotes:


*Students declaring a Theatre Arts major at EIU after completing THA 2140G or its equivalent may substitute that course for THA 2220.

**Departmental Honors students may substitute THA 4644 for THA 4220.

Performance Courses


Total Semester Hours: 6

Technical & Design Courses


Total Semester Hours: 8

History & Literature Courses


Total Semester Hours: 6

Advanced Theatre Lab Courses


Total Semester Hours: 1

One of the following:

Plus One of the Following Emphases (Generalist, Performance, and Technical & Design):


Admission to the Performance and Technical and Design Emphases is by either audition or portfolio review. Students interested in pursuing either of these programs must apply after having completed a minimum of 30 semester hours, and prior to the completion of 85 semester hours.

Generalist in Theatre Arts


Total Semester Hours: 27

Technical and Design Electives


Total Semester Hours: 6

 

3 hrs. must be chosen from the following courses:


Additional Electives


Total Semester Hours: 9

  • Any Theatre Arts course chosen in consultation with an advisor.
  • May include up to 6 hours in courses outside Theatre Arts at 2000 or above.

Performance Emphasis


Total Semester Hours: 27

 

Required Performance Course


Total Semester Hours: 2

Technical & Design Electives:


Total Semester Hours: 3

Three hours chosen from the following:

Designated History & Literature Electives


Total Semester Hours: 3

Three hours chosen from the following:

Additional Electives


Total Semester Hours: 10

  • Any Theatre Arts course chosen in consultation with an advisor.
  • May include up to 6 hours in courses outside Theatre Arts at 2000 or above.

Technical & Design Emphasis


Total Semester Hours: 27

 

Technical & Design Electives


Total Semester Hours: 12

Six hours must be chosen from the following courses:


Designated History & Literature Electives


Total Semester Hours: 3

Three hours chosen from the following:

Additional Electives


Total Semester Hours: 9

  • Any Theatre Arts course chosen in consultation with an advisor.
  • May include up to 6 hours in courses outside Theatre Arts at 2000 or above. 

Double Emphasis: Performance & Technical/Design


Total Semester Hours: 35

Required Performance Course


Total Semester Hours: 2

Technical & Design Electives


Total Semester Hours: 12

Six hours must be chosen from the following courses:


Designated History & Literature Electives


Total Semester Hours: 3

Three hours chosen from the following:

Additional Electives


Total Semester Hours: 9

  • Any Theatre Arts course chosen in consultation with an advisor.
  • May include up to 6 hours in courses outside Theatre Arts at 2000 or above.

Approved Theatre Arts Electives for the Theatre Arts Major


  • THA 5585: Creative Drama/Grad. Credits: 3
  • THA 5990: Independent Study/Grad. Credits: 3-6

Footnotes:


*Requires Admission to THA Departmental Honors

**Will not count as Senior Seminar credit for Theatre Arts or English Majors.

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