2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
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2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre Studies, BA

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Program Description-B.A. Program in Theatre Studies:

The Theatre Studies Program combines studies in theatre with broad preparation in the liberal arts.  Students master the fundamentals of acting, directing, history, literature, and design/technology and can use theatre electives to concentrate further in one of these or other areas.  The B.A. program is designed to allow students to take a second major or to pursue minor concentrations in two or three other academic areas.

Because of the strength of the theatre production program in the department, the B.A. theatre studies student is in the particularly advantageous position to acquire a high level of practical, as well as theoretical knowledge-a distinction not afforded theatre students in programs with a lesser production emphasis.  The student is encouraged to diversify in a variety of disciplines; courses throughout the department, as well as production opportunities, are open to these students.

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Admission Requirements

The Theatre Studies program at Wright State University operates on open admission. If you qualify for admission to Wright State University, you may elect Theatre Studies as your major.

Admissions Process

Prospective students should:

  1. Apply online for admission to Wright State University.
  2. Provide copies of academic transcripts to Wright State University Admissions and the Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures.

Transfer Credits

Transfer students may be accepted into the program after a university admissions process. The university generally follows a liberal policy in accepting credits, allowing virtually all credits earned at an accredited institution from courses in which the student earned a “C” or better. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for determining which credits are eligible for transfer.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to critically analyze a work of drama within the contexts of theatre history, dramatic literature and production practice.
  • Competence in the fundamental skills of at least one area of technical theatre (costumes, sets, lighting, sound, stage management).
  • Competence in fundamental techniques and skills related to the performance process.
  • Knowledge of potential employment paths and/or graduate school opportunities related to Theatre Arts.
  • An understanding of the collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of theatre-making (including writing, directing, acting, design, and technology).

Program Requirements:

I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours

Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2: Mathematics: 3 Hours

Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours


Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours

Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours

Additional Core Courses: 6 Hours

II. Departmental Requirements: 20 Hours

Additional Electives Chosen From: 15 Hours

III. Related Requirements

IV. College Requirements: 18 Hours

Foreign Language: 12 Hours

Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language:

Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, American Sign Language or other.

Methods of Inquiry

V. Electives: 29 Hours

Total: 120 Hours

Graduation Planning Strategy

The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.

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