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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 [Archived Catalog]

Theater Major (B.A.)

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Major code BA5194

This curriculum is intended to serve students who want both a theater major and a broad liberal arts foundation for their university education. It includes a study of theater in the context of human concerns and activities by establishing a solid foundation of coursework in the humanities, sciences, cultures, and languages. It recognizes that many students in the major possess varied talents and interests. You will benefit from the rigorous artistic demands made by courses designed for B.F.A. students in the School of Theater, while also meeting the challenges of a liberal arts education. Although you are encouraged to select courses that provide an emphasis for your work, you are not permitted to major in any one area of theater or to concentrate exclusively on any one area of interest.

The B.A. program also provides an opportunity to major in more than one discipline. Second majors such as English, history, creative writing, journalism, music, criminal justice administration, prelaw, and sociology have been successful choices.

One of the goals of the B.A. in theater is the preparation of the most gifted students for successful admission to graduate schools or other advanced training in theater or other areas. However, even if you do not wish to extend your studies beyond the baccalaureate level, the B.A. in theater addresses both the quality and the diversity of your studies.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Arts and Sciences Requirements for Fine Arts

200-Level Courses

Complete 90 hours of Arts and Sciences coursework at or above the 200 level.

Foreign Language Requirement

Complete the equivalent of two years of college-level foreign language.


Complete 12 hours of Arts and Sciences humanities coursework from three different areas, excluding the major.

Social Sciences

Complete 12 hours of Arts and Sciences social sciences coursework from two or more areas, with at least eight hours in one area.

Natural Sciences

Complete 12 hours of Arts and Sciences natural sciences coursework from two or more areas, with at least eight hours in one area.

Program Requirements

In addition to general education and arts and sciences area requirements, the theater major includes:

Acting Courses

Can be satisfied with any combination of the following courses for a total of 4 credit hours:

2 quarters of practicum (4 hours)

In more than one area (you will work with your advisor to ensure correct distribution)

Additional Requirements

The balance of the degree program will consist of 28 credit hours at the 200 level or above in the School of Theater. No more than 20 credit hours may count toward the degree in one (narrow) area of interest, e.g., acting, lighting, publicity, playwriting, etc. No more than 8 hours of practicum (beyond the core requirement) may count toward the degree.

You must submit a plan for the distribution of the 28 credits for consultation and approval by your advisor as a condition of your final acceptance into the major program. While sufficient flexibility for change of direction and focus must be provided throughout your residence, there must be an agreed-upon understanding of the purpose of the program of study and the plan for accomplishing that purpose.

The total requirement for a B.A. in theater is 70 credit hours. Note: No more than 72 credits in THAR courses are allowed to count towards the 192 credits needed for the B.A.

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