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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

General Theater Major (B.F.A. in Theater) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]

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Major Code BF1913

Honors Tutorial College  
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2723
Fax: 740.593.9521

Matt Cornish, director of studies/contact person

Program Overview

The HTC program in general theater offers exceptional students the opportunity to study the many aspects of theater in one-on-one relationships with theater faculty members. Maximum opportunities will be afforded for the student to progress well beyond the material found in conventional courses. The primary purpose of the tutorial program is to serve as preparation for graduate study and the professional theater. Students will receive a degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Honors Tutorial College.


Students are required to complete eight tutorials, including two devoted to the thesis for four credit hours each. In addition to the tutorials, the student must complete the Tier I English requirement, all core courses not covered by tutorials, and an appropriate number of approved electives. Internships and/or study abroad may be included within the program with special permission from the director studies (credit will only be given once). Honor Tutorial students take a minimum of 15 hours per semester.

Advising and Monitoring

Each student receives initial advice from the director of studies regarding selection and sequencing of courses, choice of a thesis advisor, and other procedural matters. A committee, composed of the director of studies and the advisor, will monitor the thesis work. A typical tutorial will meet on a weekly basis for a minimum of one hour. The student and the tutor will discuss the current reading and written assignments, discuss problems and solutions, debate and offer critical analysis, and the tutor continuously evaluates the progress of the student. A final grade is made based on many facets of evaluation available to the tutor: written assignments, written exams, oral exams, discussions, presentations by the student, field work, etc.

The Honors Thesis

The honors thesis is a reflection of the student’s special interests. Its acceptance, dependent upon an appropriate mixture of research and analysis, relies upon the judgment of the advisor and/or the director of studies. It is expected that this major paper will constitute work of the highest quality in investigating a problem of concern to both scholars and practitioners. Although an intensive study of relevant theoretical and research literatures is the underpinning of the thesis, students are encouraged to augment this scholarly base with field data whenever possible. For projects that include a major creative component, students are expected to be the artistic leader of a publicly presented production.


Students throughout the program earn letter grades consistent with the University grading system and are expected to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who earn less than a B (3.0), or who maintain less than a 3.5 GPA will need to confer with the director of studies and/or the Dean of the College. In addition to letter grade assessments, tutors complete semester based course descriptions and evaluations of each student’s work. In these assessments both the student’s academic standing and academic attitude are evaluated. Through their tutorials, comprehensive examination in theater history, and thesis, students will demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of theater history and praxis. In their practicum and internships, students must demonstrate responsibility and work ethic equal to that of their professional peers.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Students are selected by the director of studies of the theater tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College on the basis of superior ability and sustained motivation. We look for good scores on standardized tests, but we also require a good high school record (class standing in the top 10%). An interview with the director of studies is required for acceptance into our program. Recommendations from two high school teachers are strongly recommended. The personalized aspects of the tutorial system occasionally make it possible for us to accept students who have not performed well on standardized measures of ability but who demonstrate exceptional aptitude in other ways. The priority deadline for application for admission is December 1st.

Change of Program Policy

First-year students at Ohio University may apply to transfer into the theater tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. The priority deadline for application is December 1st.

External Transfer Admission

First-year students at another institution may also apply to transfer into the theater tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. The priority deadline for application is December 1st.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates have entered graduate school in areas of theater (acting, design, theater history, playwriting), as well as areas outside theater (law, social work, education). Graduates have also gone on to work in the professional theater and broader entertainment industry, as well as areas outside theater, including education, law and social work.



HTC Grade Requirements

Maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher overall.

University English Composition Requirement

Complete one First-Year Composition course (1E) and one Junior Composition course (1J).

HTC Seminar

First-year students must complete the following course:

Transfer students

Transfer students may substitute an HC special topics seminar for their HC 2500 requirement.

Theater Tutorials

Complete 4 hours of tutorials each semester:

Senior Honors Thesis

Complete the following tutorials during the final year of study focused on the development and completion of an advisor approved thesis:

HTC Thesis Requirement

Approval of a completed thesis or professional project by the advisor, director of studies, and Dean of the College.

First Year Theater Foundation

Complete the following courses:


Complete one of the following courses:

Theater and Performance History

Complete the following courses:

Production Practicum

Complete at least 4 hours from the following courses, all of which are repeatable:

Program Practicum

Complete, from the following list of courses, 4 practicum hours in the area of study:

Collatoral Coursework

Complete 39 hours of coursework outside the School of Theater.


Complete one of the following courses:

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