Department of Theatre B.A. and B.G.S. students work intensively on acquiring theatre skills and knowledge in classrooms, studios, and laboratories. Undergraduates pursuing the B.A. or B.G.S. may choose from two emphases: Theatre, Culture, and Society or Performance. 

The Performance concentration prepares theatre majors toward a career as a professional performer. Through small-class studio courses and department productions, our program provides talented performing artists with a basic foundation in acting, movement, voice and speech, improvisation, and musical theatre. 

The Theatre, Culture and Society concentration prepares students for careers that require critical, analytical, and historical foundations in the liberal arts, while providing courses in acting, directing and design as well as participation in University Theatre production. Our program provides emerging scholars with basic knowledge and research tools for understanding the social and cultural significance of theatre and performance.

Both the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) require 40 hours. The primary distinctions between the B.A. and the B.G.S. degree are the foreign language requirement (required of the B.A. but not the B.G.S.) and 18 hours junior/senior concentration or minor (required for the B.G.S but not the B.A.).

There are no major admission requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. in Theatre.

Students considering a theatre major should enroll in THR 106 and THR 101 and complete all 100- and 200-level courses in the first 2 years of study. It is imperative that theatre students earn practicum credit (THR 101, THR 201, THR 301) early in their careers at KU.

 

Requirements for the B.A. and B.G.S. Major

Both the B.A. and B.G.S. require 40 hours. The distinction between the B.G.S. degree and the B.A. degree is found in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements.

Theatre, Culture, and Society Emphasis

The following 40 hours are required: (40 hours)

THR 101Theatre Practicum I1
THR 106Acting I3
THR 201Theatre Practicum II1
THR 215Approaching Design3
THR 308Script Analysis3
Select two of the following:4
Scenic Production
Costume Production
Lighting Production
Select one of the following:1
Theatre Practicum III
Stage Management and Assistant Direction
Select two of the following:6
History of Theatre
History of Theatre II
History of U.S. Theatre and Drama
Select 18 hours from the following: 118
Undergraduate Seminar in: _____
Study Abroad Topics in: _____
Acting with an Accent
Children and Drama
Postcolonial Theatre and Drama
Fundamentals of Directing
History of Theatre
History of Theatre II
History of U.S. Theatre and Drama
Race and the American Theatre
Theatre for Young Audiences
Myth and the Dramatist
 
1

Other THR courses (such as special topics) not listed among the electives above are normally eligible as substitutes with advisor’s permission. Up to 3 hours may be taken in a drama, cultural studies, or related course outside the department, with a faculty advisor’s approval. 

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours

Satisfied by 40 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence

Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours

Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA

Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Performance Emphasis

The following 40 hours are required: (40 hours)

THR 101Theatre Practicum I1
THR 106Acting I3
THR 201Theatre Practicum II1
THR 206Acting II3
THR 212Beginning Voice and Speech for Actors3
THR 213Movement I: The Acting Instrument3
THR 215Approaching Design3
THR 308Script Analysis3
Select two of the following:4
Scenic Production
Costume Production
Lighting Production
Select one of the following:1
Theatre Practicum III
Stage Management and Assistant Direction
Select two of the following:6
History of Theatre
History of Theatre II
History of U.S. Theatre and Drama
Select 9 hours from the following 19
Musical Performance for the Actor I
Acting III
Musical Performance for the Actor II
Acting with an Accent
Movement II: Physical Characterization
Stage Management and Assistant Direction
Children and Drama
Audition Techniques
Musical Performance for the Actor III
Acting for the Camera
Fundamentals of Directing
A Vocal Approach to the Classics
Theatre for Young Audiences
Play Directing
1

 Other THR courses (such as special topics) not listed among the electives above are normally eligible as substitutes with advisor’s permission.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours

Satisfied by 40 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence

Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours

Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA

Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Sample 4-year plans for the BA degree in Theatre with the following concentrations can be found here: Theatre, Culture, and Society and Performance, or by using the left-side navigation.

Sample 4-year plans for the BGS degree in Theatre and the BFA degree in Theatre Design can be found using the left-side navigation.

Departmental Honors

An undergraduate interested in honors in theatre must present a written declaration of intention to the department's honors coordinator as early as possible in the junior or senior year. The following are required:

  1. A grade-point average at the time of declaration and at graduation of at least 3.25 overall and 3.5 in theatre courses.
  2. 3-6 hours of THR 498 Honors Seminar. Enrollment in this course must be approved by the honors coordinator. Students in the honors seminar work under the direction of one instructor for each semester. The instructor conducts an examination at the end of each semester's work and assigns a grade. Credit only is given to students who complete the work assigned for any semester but do not complete the requirements for honors. Students may change area of interest or instructor at the beginning of a semester with the consent of the honors coordinator.
  3. Satisfactory performance in a final oral examination given approximately one month before graduation.