Curriculum Requirements

Core Classes
THA 101Introduction to Theatre3
or THA 264 Introduction to the Theatre Industry
THA 143Backstage Crew Lab1
THA 453Theatre Arts Capstone3
Focus-Area Courses
History, Literature, & Playwriting6
Design, Management, & Technology5
Theatre Arts Electives6
Written Communication Skills
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
ENG 106Writing About Literature and Culture3
or WRS 106 First-Year Writing II
Quantitative Skills
MTH 113Finite Mathematics3
Areas of Knowledge
Arts & Humanities (9 credits) (fullfilled through the major)
People & Society9
Natural Science3
Language (other than Modern English) 200 level or above3
Total Credit Hours120

A grade of C- or higher in all Theatre Arts courses and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all courses are required. 


To satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences writing requirement in the discipline, students majoring in Theatre Arts are encouraged to complete  THA 481 and/or THA 482.


Transfer students have a residency requirement of 18 Theatre Arts credit hours on campus.


The State of Florida recognizes the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees as meeting the Theatre Arts subject area requirements for teaching at the secondary level. In addition to earning the BA or BFA degree in Theatre, students desiring to teach in the field of Theatre Arts should complete the required education credit hours in order to be certified by the state.

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
Fall ICredit Hours
WRS 105 First-Year Writing I 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
Language 3
THA 101 Introduction to Theatre 3
THA 143 Backstage Crew Lab 1
Select credit hours from the Performance Focus-Area Course List 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring I
WRS 106 or ENG 106 First-Year Writing II
or Writing About Literature and Culture
STEM Cognate 3
Language 3
Select credit hours from the Performance Focus-Area Course List 3
Select credit hours from the Design Management & Technology 2
 Credit Hours14
Sophomore Year
Fall I
STEM Cognate 3
Language 3
Elective 3
Select credit hours from the History, Literature and Playwriting Focus-Area Course List 3
Select credit hours from the Design Management & Technology Focus-Area Course List 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring I
STEM Cognate 3
Minor 3
Elective 9
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall I
Select credit hours from the History, Literature and Playwriting Focus-Area Course List 3
People & Society Cognate 3
Natural Science 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring I
Elective Credit Hours from the Focus-Area Course List 3
Minor 3
People & Society Cognate 3
Elective 6
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall I
Elective credit hours from the Focus-Area Course List 3
People & Society Cognate 3
Elective 9
 Credit Hours15
Spring I
THA 453 Theatre Arts Capstone 3
Minor 6
Elective 6
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Performance Focus Area 

Focus-Area Course List: Performance
THA 105Introduction to Acting3
THA 106Introduction to Acting for the Musical Theatre3
THA 107Theatre Skills Are Life Skills3
THA 140Introduction to Dance3
THA 161Beginning/Intermediate Tap3
THA 162Intermediate/Advanced Tap3
THA 240Introduction to Dance II3
THA 251Intermediate Acting I3
THA 252Intermediate Acting II3
THA 253Special Topics in Voice for the Stage3
THA 254Movement for Actors3
THA 352Singing for the Musical Theater3
THA 356Improvisational Acting1-3
THA 450Special Topics in Performance1-3
THA 451Advanced Acting: Classical Poetic Text3
THA 452Advanced Acting: Contemporary Poetic Text3
THA 456Improvisational Acting II1-3
THA 461Play Direction I3
THA 462Play Direction II3
THA 471Directing the Actor for Film3

History, Literature, and Playwriting Focus Area

Focus-Area Course List: History, Literature, & Playwriting
THA 181Play Analysis1-3
THA 301Theater and the Holocaust3
THA 375Introduction to Playwriting3
THA 384History of the American Musical Theatre3
THA 385History of Interior Design and Furniture3
THA 386History of Fashion3
THA 481Theatre History I3
THA 482Theatre History II3
THA 485Playwriting II3

Design, Management, and Technology Electives 

Theatre Electives: Design, Management, & Technology (5 credit hours required)
THA 141Introduction to Theatre Design2
THA 142Introduction to Theatre Technology2
THA 144Production Crew Lab1
THA 241Basic Costume Sewing and Scenic Painting3
THA 242Digital Media for the Entertainment Industry3
THA 243Theatre Design Methods: How to Sketch Your Idea3
THA 2443D Theatre Design Collaboration3
THA 245Technical Planning for Theatrical Productions3
THA 248Introduction to Design for Film3
THA 258Stage Management I: Introductory Principles3
THA 264Introduction to the Theatre Industry3
THA 341Sound for the Theatre3
THA 342Advanced Scenic Design3
THA 343Advanced Costume Design3
THA 344Lighting Design3
THA 347Stage Make-Up3
THA 358Stage Management Techniques3
THA 441Advanced Design and Management Practicum I3
THA 442Advanced Design and Management Practicum II3
THA 458Stage Management: Advanced Topics3


The mission of the BA program in Theatre Arts is to empower intellectually curious students to engage with and explore their world using the tools of theatre and performance. Pursued in addition to a separate minor or second major—or as a complementary minor or second major to another program of study—it seeks to foster sound knowledge of theatre practice alongside a rich understanding of its history and diverse applications, which extend well beyond professional entertainment. By emphasizing creative and critical approaches to both the study and practice of the theatre arts, the BA program aspires to produce pliable, empathetic artists, educators, and leaders in the field of theatre and beyond.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students apply in practice the technical processes of theatrical performance and production.
  • Students apply problem-solving strategies to artistic processes.
  • Students recall primary examples from the history, literature, structure and theory of theatre.