Feb 23, 2024
The Department of Theatre offers a four-year program leading to a B.A. degree in Theatre. An undergraduate degree in Theatre offers valuable preparation for careers in educational or professional theatrical activities, as well as other nonrelated disciplines.
All students are reminded that, in addition to meeting departmental requirements for the major, they must also meet the requirements of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences as well as the Core Curriculum requirements.
The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University’s Core Curriculum) required for the major: 46-55.
All majors or intended majors are required to take 0.5 credits of Theatre Workshop I (THE 141), or Theatre Workshop II (THE 142), each semester (maximum of 4 credits required). THE 141 and THE 142 may be repeated up to four times each for credit. Please see a Theatre advisor for information on exceptions to this Workshop policy.
Theatre students who fail to maintain a 2.5 GPA in theatre courses and a 2.0 overall GPA may not be allowed to participate in department productions in either an acting or technical capacity (except for lab duties or requirements related to coursework). These GPA standards are required for graduation and a grade of C- or better is required in all theatre courses.
Students are encouraged to meet with the faculty or staff whenever questions arise or problems occur.
The following courses are required (all courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted):
Foundations Courses: (25 credits)
Performance Option (21-27 credits)
Design/Technology Option (24-30 credits)
(Choose three of the following four options):
Literature/History Option (21-27 credits)
Electives from other departments may be taken in lieu of theatre courses if approved by Department of Theatre faculty vote.
Areas of focus are Performance, Design/Technology and Literature/History.
(Choose the course not taken to fulfill the Foundations Requirements)
(Choose one of the following):
USM Core Requirements
The USM Core Curriculum is a coherent, integrative, and rigorous liberal education that enables our graduates to be world-minded, intentional, life-long learners and captures your general education degree requirements.
Please Note: Core requirements may be part of your major and/or minor, and Core may have been fufilled with transfer credit. Please consult your MaineStreet Degree Progress Report (DPR) and review your degree progress with your Advisor. For additional information, access the USM Core webpage.