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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Theatre

Berks College (THABL)
University Park, College of Arts and Architecture (THRBA)

PROFESSOR RADHICA GANAPATHY, Penn State Berks
PROFESSOR ANNETTE McGREGOR, Penn State University Park

This program offers the theatre student a general background in the various facets of theatre. A broad liberal education is provided and complemented with advanced courses to best serve student interests, talents, and career objectives. Though a strong emphasis is given to the areas of production and performance, majors may also wish to emphasize an area of special interest such as literature, design, dance, playwriting, directing or acting. All B.A. students spend a semester in study abroad studying at the Theatre Academy of London (TAL), a program that balances academic courses with advance studio work.

Students who pursue the B.A. in Theatre learn to research, analyze and synthesize information. Majors develop strong oral and written skills and many go on to postgraduate study not only in theatre but also in areas such as law, business and education.

The B.A. in Theatre degree program includes a Theatre Studies Option and three additional options, Theatre Performance, Dance Performance and Multicultural Performance. Entrance criteria to this major will include an interview with members of the Theatre faculty. Entrance to the three performance options will also include an audition or portfolio review. All four options are available at University Park; the Theatre Studies and Theatre Performance options only are available at Penn State Berks.

For the B.A. degree in Theatre, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(1.5-7.5 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 10-11 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 44.5-51.5 credits[1]
(This includes 1.5-7.5 credits in General Education courses: 1.5 credits GHA courses; 0-6 credits of GH courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 29.5-30.5 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6.5 credits)
DANCE 170 GHA(1.5), THEA 289(1) (Sem: 1-2)
THEA 001S(1) (Sem: 1-4)
THEA 401Y IL(3) (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (11-12 credits)
Select 3 credits from THEA 102 GA(3) or THEA 120(3) (Sem: 1)
Select 2-3 credits from THEA 107 GA(3) or THEA 200(2) (Sem: 1-2)
Select 3 credits from THEA 100 GA;US;IL(3) or THEA 105 GA(3) (Sem: 1-2)
Select 3 credits from THEA 130(3) or THEA 131(3) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits THEA 499 or DANCE 499 (Sem: 6-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 15-21 credits

THEATRE STUDIES OPTION: (15 credits) [1]

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits) [1]
THEA 150(3) (Sem: 1-4)
THEA 402(3), THEA 434(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits) [1]
Select 6 credits from THEA 405 US(3), THEA 407 US(3), THEA 408 US(3), THEA 412 US;IL(3), or THEA 464(3) (Sem: 5-8)

THEATRE PERFORMANCE OPTION (21 credits) [1]

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
THEA 150(3) (Sem: 1-2)
THEA 402(3), THEA 434(3) (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits):
Select 3 credits from THEA 121(3) or THEA 289(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from THEA 405 US(3), THEA 407 US(3), THEA 408 US(3), THEA 412 US;IL(3), THEA 464(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits (with permission of adviser/instructor) from:
THEA 220(3), THEA 221(3), THEA 322(2), THEA 324(2) (Sem: 3-8)
OR
THEA 410(3), THEA 436(3), THEA 437(1-6) (Sem: 5-8)
OR
THEA 440(3-6) (Sem: 5-8)
OR
THEA 250(3), THEA 251(2), THEA 252(1), THEA 260(3), THEA 270(3), THEA 350(3) (Sem: 3-8)

DANCE PERFORMANCE OPTION: (18 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits) [1]
DANCE 410 US;IL(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits) [1]
Select 9 credits from DANCE 361(1.5), DANCE 362(1.5), DANCE 461(1.5), DANCE 462(1.5) (Sem: 1-7)
Select 6 credits from THEA 146(2), THEA 402(3), THEA 405(3), THEA 407(3), THEA 408(3), THEA 412(3), THEA 440(3), DANCE 411(3) (Sem: 2-8)

MULTICULTURAL PERFORMANCE OPTION (21 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits) [1]
DANCE 411 GH(3), THEA 412 US;IL(3), THEA 495(3) (Sem: 4-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 3 credits from CMLIT 010 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 012 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 101 GH;US;IL(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 6 credits from CAS 271 US;IL(3), CMLIT 013 GH;IL(3) CMLIT 140 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 189 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 422 IL(3), CMLIT 435 IL(3), CMLIT 438 IL(3), CMLIT 453 IL(3), CMLIT 455 IL(3), CMLIT 486 IL(3), CMLIT 487 IL(3), CMLIT 488 IL(3), CMLIT 491 IL(3), DANCE 221(1.5), DANCE 320(1.5), ENGL 135 GH;US(3), ENGL 226 GH;US;IL(3), ENGL 235 US(3), ENGL 245 GH;US(3), ENGL 426 US(3), ENGL 431 US(3), INART 005 GA(3), INART 062 GA;US;IL(3), MUSIC 007 GA;US(3), MUSIC 009(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (3 credits)
Select 3 credits in consultation with adviser (Sem 5-8)

[[1]A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-04-001

Review Date: 01/14/2014

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