Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Slippery Rock University

Acting, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Concentration in Acting

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Communication: Students will demonstrate the ability to think, speak and write about theatre clearly and effectively.
  • Creation/Production/Performance: Students will create, produce and perform theatre at a pre-professional level.
  • Professional Proficiency: Students will successfully prepare for employment in the professional theatre community.
  • Professional Proficiency: Students will demonstrate successful leadership, initiative, attitude, and punctuality in adherence with professional standards.
  • Historical Knowledge: Students will accurately identify specific knowledge related to plays, conventions, practitioners, movements, and/or theatre spaces drawn from the range of world theatre Degree Program Writing Competency: Students will gain proficiency in various areas of writing common to theatre practice.

Related Links

Acting, BFA Program Page

Theatre Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 3.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.50 or higher


Rock Studies Requirements42
Other Basic Requirments0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements78

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Science Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Science Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Writing Competency Requirements

Requirement Course Grade
Scholarly Paper in MLA format ASPM
Professional Resume APR
Professional Cover Letter APCL

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 39 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 39 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Core Requirements
DANC 125Experiencing Dance: Techniques and Styles3
THEA 131Fundamentals of Acting3
THEA 132Stagecraft3
THEA 142Wellness for the Actor3
THEA 222Acting II3
THEA 281Survey of Dramatic Literature I3
THEA 283Survey of Dramatic Literature II3
THEA 303Acting III3
THEA 324Stage Makeup3
THEA 337Directing3
THEA 351Movement for the Actor3
THEA 353Voice for the Actor3
THEA 425Professional Theatre Practice3
THEA 442Senior Showcase3
Acting Concentration Core
THEA 322Acting Technique Repeat 3 times.9
THEA 328Acting Shakespeare3
THEA 342IPA/Dialects3
THEA 344Auditioning3
THEA 355Projects in Theatre2
THEA 394Theories of Acting and Directing3
At least one elective course must be at the 300/400 level
Health and Fitness Elective
Select one course from the following:3
Stress Management
Personal Health
Nutrition and Health
Wellness through Movement
Career Enhancement Electives
Select two courses from the following:6
Introduction to Theatre Arts Management
Costume Technology
Advanced Stagecraft
Stage Management and Safety
Studies in Audience Development
Selected Topics (Scene Painting)
Advanced Acting Electives
Select four credits from the following:4
Dance course 1
Musicianship for Musical Theatre
Rehearsal and Production
Acting for Song I
Private Musical Theatre Voice
Acting Technique
Shakespeare Tour
New Play Development
International Theatre Experience
Projects in Theatre
Independent Study
Selected Topics
Total Hours78

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs International study programs (including Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Festival Trip)
  2. SRU Theatre Department Productions
  3. Theatre internships and summer theatre employment
  4. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  5. Student-faculty research
  6. Student leadership development
  7. Department field trips
  8. Theatre Department Student Staff
  9. Student Lab Productions in Sheehy Theatre
  10. Guest Artist lectures, workshops, and productions

THEATRE - BFA (5390)
Concentration in Acting (THPE)
This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revised 08.04.20
UCC 03.03.20

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
THEA 131 Fundamentals of Acting 3
THEA 142 Wellness for the Actor 3
DANC 125 Experiencing Dance: Techniques and Styles 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
THEA 132 Stagecraft 3
THEA 222 Acting II 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Second Year
THEA 281 Survey of Dramatic Literature I 3
THEA 322 Acting Technique 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
THEA 283 Survey of Dramatic Literature II 3
THEA 324 Stage Makeup 3
THEA 328 Acting Shakespeare 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Third Year
THEA 303 Acting III 3
THEA 322 Acting Technique 3
THEA 342 IPA/Dialects 3
THEA 353 Voice for the Actor 3
THEA 394 Theories of Acting and Directing 3
THEA 328 Acting Shakespeare (OR Acting Elective) 3
THEA 337 Directing 3
THEA 344 Auditioning 3
THEA 351 Movement for the Actor 3
THEA 355 Projects in Theatre 2
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Fourth Year
THEA 322 Acting Technique 3
THEA 425 Professional Theatre Practice 3
Acting Electives 4
Social Science Inquiry 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
THEA 442 Senior Showcase 3
Acting Electives 6
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
 Total Hours**121

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 5390
Concentration Code: THPE
Revised date: 10.04.2021