Theatre, B.A.


The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is to produce committed Christian graduates who are prepared to express, represent, and dramatize insights and ethical messages in performances. They illustrate through acting, directing, design, and criticism insightful interpretations of dramatic literature in performance, both popular and religious. These graduates demonstrate proficiency in both theory and praxis of the theatre arts discipline.

Degree Program

Upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements, the Communication Studies Department offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. Obtaining a degree with this major requires 42 credits, 27 credits of upper-division.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, students will be able to:

  1. Identify where theatre arts theory/practice compliments, mirrors, and is informed by biblical values and content (ULO 1).
  2. Dramatize in performance and/or directing a transformational commitment to confronting societal perspectives on issues of character, integrity, morality, and hope. (ULO 2)
  3. Demonstrate abilities to exhibit excellence in preparation, presentation, and credibility, incorporating these in the specific craft of theatre arts (ULO 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Writing Competency Requirement

Writing competency is determined within the Department of Communication Studies by a full-time faculty assessment of in-class and out-of-class writing samples. A minimum four page reaction or research paper from a 300 or 400 level Communication Studies required or elective course is submitted (with expected rewrites and corrections) with a student's identification number and no other corrective faculty comments or marks (out-of-class sample). A two hour proctored timed writing opportunity is offered in the fall and spring semesters and a minimum of four handwritten pages must be submitted in response to an open-ended question chosen in advance by the student, designating their work by student identification number as well (in-class writing sample). In each sample, the fourth page must have written commentary that is at or exceeds the center of the fourth page to meet the minimum length standard. Full-time faculty assess the two submissions, give a numerical designation, and the combined total either passes or fails. After a second failure to pass the writing competency requirement, a student must enroll in ENGL 210, consult the Communication Studies Department Chair and pass the course to fulfill the requirement.

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
It is required that all Theatre major students take the following Core Curriculum (GE) courses: COMM 160 for the fine arts requirement and COMM 100 for the communication requirement. It is recommended that all Theatre students take the following Core Curriculum (GE) course: PHIL 216 (for "Philosophy" requirement)
Program Courses
COMM 109Production Practicum 1,22
COMM 241Introduction to Technical Theatre3
COMM 264Beginning Acting3
COMM 369Intermediate Acting3
COMM 405Dramatic Theory3
COMM 409Production Practicum II 2,34
COMM 419Dramatic Design and Criticism3
COMM 468Drama for Christian Ministry3
Select 18 credits from the following:18
Voice and Speech for Theatre
Theatrical Makeup
Costume Study and Construction
Oral Interpretation
Intercollegiate Forensics
Lighting and Sound for Theatre
Intercollegiate Forensics
Directing Theatre
Playwriting for Performance
Communication Internship 2,4
Communication Practicum 2
Advanced Acting Workshop
Rhetoric of Media Studies
Communication Seminar
London Theatre Study Tour
Directed Research 2
History of Cinema
Cinema and Media Arts Practicum
Cinema and Media Arts Seminar
Total Credits42

 Should only be taken once for a total of 2 credits.


 Students may only count a maximum of 9 credits of COMM 109, COMM 409, COMM 440, COMM 450, COMM 480 towards the major.


 Must be taken twice for a total of 4 credits.


 Students may not count more than 6 credits of COMM 440 toward the major.