Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Slippery Rock University

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

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

Theatre - Theatre Studies, 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
Theatre Studies - Core
THEA 151Rehearsal and Production 11
THEA 151Rehearsal and Production 11
THEA 151Rehearsal and Production 11
THEA 215Drawing/Drafting/CAD3
Select one of the following:3
Acting II
Introduction to Theatre Arts Management
Costume Technology
Theatre Studies - Management Coursework
Select one of the following:3
Stage Management and Safety 1
Studies in Audience Development 1
Theatre Studies - Design Coursework
Select one of the following:3
Scene Design 1
Stage Lighting 1
Costume Design and History 1
Theatre Studies - Advanced Coursework
Select nine credits from the following:9
Stage Makeup 1
Acting Shakespeare 1
Shakespeare Tour 1
Voice and Movement for the Actor 1
Advanced Stagecraft 1
Scene Design 1
Stage Lighting
Costume Design and History
New Play Development 1
International Theatre Experience 1
IPA/Dialects 1
Stage Management and Safety 1
Projects in Theatre 1
Studies in Audience Development 1
History of Musical Theatre 1
History of Theatre Design and Architecture 1
Theories of Acting and Directing 1
Internship 1
Independent Study 1
Selected Topics 1
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 Theatre Studies (THST)
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 132 Stagecraft 2 3
THEA 215 Drawing/Drafting/CAD 2 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
THEA 131 Fundamentals of Acting 2 3
THEA XXXTheatre Studies Core Course 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
Elective 3
Second Year
THEA 281 Survey of Dramatic Literature I 3
MODL 101Modern Language 101 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
Elective 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 3  
THEA 151 Rehearsal and Production 1
THEA 283 Survey of Dramatic Literature II 3
THEA XXXTheatre Studies Management Course 3
MODL 102Modern Language 102 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Elective 3
Third Year
THEA 33XTheatre Studies Design Course 3
THEA XXXTheatre Studies Advance Course 3
MODL 103Modern Language 103 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
THEA 151 Rehearsal and Production 1
THEA XXXTheatre Studies Advanced Course 3
THEA 337 Directing 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Elective 3
Fourth Year
THEA 425 Professional Theatre Practice 3
THEA XXXTheatre Studies Advanced Course 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Elective 3
THEA 151 Rehearsal and Production 1
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 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: BA Theatre (5 92)
Concentration: Theatre Studies (THST)
Revised 12.04.2020