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.) in Theatre 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.).

Undergraduate Admission

Admission to KU

All students applying for admission must send high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Unless they are college transfer students with at least 24 hours of credit, prospective students must send ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions. Prospective first-year students should be aware that KU has qualified admission requirements that all new first-year students must meet to be admitted. Consult the Office of Admissions for application deadlines and specific admission requirements.

Visit the International Support Services for information about international admissions.

Students considering transferring to KU may see how their college-level course work will transfer on the Office of Admissions website.

Admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Admission to the College is a different process from admission to a major field. Some CLAS departments have admission requirements. See individual department/program sections for departmental admission requirements.

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
Theatre, Culture, & Society Electives - 18 hours. Satisfied by: Successful completion of 6 courses (18 hours) of THR 210 or any 300-level or above Theatre course. Up to 3 hours may be taken in a drama, cultural studies, or related course outside the department, with a faculty advisor's approval.18
 

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
Theatre Performance Electives - 9 hours. Satisfied by: Successful completion of 3 courses (9 hours) of THR 210 or any 300-level or above Theatre course. 9

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 with the following concentrations can be found here: Theatre, Culture, and Society and Performance, or by 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.