Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Slippery Rock University

Theatre, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Concentration in Acting

Program Learning Outcomes

Theatre - Acting, BA

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to act believably within a set of given/imagined circumstances.
  • Students will free the voice and body of unnecessary tension, while building strength and versatility in the vocal and physical instruments.

Theatre Department, Overall

  • 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

Theatre - Theatre Arts Management, BA Program Page

Theatre Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher


Rock Studies Requirements42
Modern Language Requirement0-9
Other Basic Requirments0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements42

* 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

BA Modern Language Requirement

BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

Complete 0-9 credits0-9
Total Hours0-9

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

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 21 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 21 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Core Requirements
THEA 131Fundamentals of Acting 13
THEA 132Stagecraft 13
THEA 281Survey of Dramatic Literature I 13
THEA 283Survey of Dramatic Literature II 13
THEA 337Directing 13
THEA 425Professional Theatre Practice 13
Acting Concentration
THEA 151Rehearsal and Production 11
THEA 151Rehearsal and Production 11
THEA 151Rehearsal and Production 11
THEA 222Acting II 13
THEA 322Acting Technique (may be repeated 3 times) 13
THEA 324Stage Makeup 13
THEA 328Acting Shakespeare 13
THEA 330Voice and Movement for the Actor 13
THEA 394Theories of Acting and Directing 13
BA Acting Electives
Select three credits from the following:3
Introduction to Theatre Arts Management
Costume Technology
Acting Technique (may be repeated 3 times)
Shakespeare Tour
New Play Development
International Theatre Experience
Stage Management and Safety
Projects in Theatre
Studies in Audience Development
Independent Study
Selected Topics
Total Hours42

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 - BA (5 92)
Concentration in Acting (ACTI)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 7-2019

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
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
Rock Studies Requirement 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
THEA 132 Stagecraft 3
THEA 222 Acting II 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
Elective 3
Second Year
THEA 281 Survey of Dramatic Literature I 3
BA Acting Elective 3
Modern Language 101 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
THEA 151 Rehearsal and Production 1
THEA 283 Survey of Dramatic Literature II 3
THEA 324 Stage Makeup 3
Modern Language 102 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Elective 3
Third Year
THEA 322 Acting Technique 3
THEA 353
Voice for the Actor
or Movement for the Actor
THEA 394 Theories of Acting and Directing 3
Modern Language 103 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
THEA 151 Rehearsal and Production 1
THEA 328 Acting Shakespeare 3
THEA 337 Directing 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Elective 3
Fourth Year
THEA 425 Professional Theatre Practice 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
THEA 151 Rehearsal and Production 1
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Total Hours**121

Major Code: 5 92
Concentration: ACTI
Revised: 12.04.2020 

** 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.