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BA in Theatre Arts

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Overview of our BA in Theatre Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts provides the student a broad exposure to the discipline. The curriculum requires study in Acting, Technical and Design Crafts, the History, Literature and Criticism of Theatre, and Directing. After completion of the lower division core students may choose to audition/interview for placement in the performance or design options.


Our general students get the opportunity to work with a diverse group of talented professionals in all areas of theatre who work nationally and internationally. We have worked hard to cultivate specialists in Acting, Design, Movement, Directing, Voice, Theatre History, Stage Management, and Theatre Management.

No more than eight units of Theatre Arts activity (cast and/or crew) will apply toward degree requirements. Crew requirements for all majors: One major running crew assignment in residence for each of the areas of costume, stagecraft and lighting to be satisfactorily completed. Students with transfer credit in those related courses must fulfill the same running crew requirements within the first three semesters of matriculation into the University.

At the start of a student’s first semester as a Theatre Arts Major, all incoming students, including transfer students (and those who have been inactive for a year in our department), are required to audition or interview. Auditions and interviews are conducted by appropriate faculty/student groups. These auditions are required for admittance to certain upper division classes and are therefore used for appropriate placement of students at their level of competency as determined by the faculty.

Production Opportunities, Internships, & Professional Development

We strongly believe that the learning doesn’t stop in the classroom. That is why we strive to provide and cultivate as many opportunities as possible for our students to continue their education in a hands on way. General Majors and Minors may partake in all the same extracurricular opportunities as the Majors focusing on performance or design.

Curriculum : Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts (120 units)

Lower Division Core: Take all of the following courses

  • THEA 101 Fundamentals of Script Analysis (3) Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 111 Theatre Arts Showcase (1) Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 114A Fundamentals of Acting (3) Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 142 Elementary Stagecraft (3) Prerequisites: THEA 140 or 340
  • THEA 146 Costume Crafts I (3) Prerequisites: THEA 140 or 340
  • THEA 148 Stage Lighting I (3) Prerequisites: THEA 140 or 340
  • THEA 201 Writing for the Theatre Arts (3) Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1)
  • THEA 221 History of Theatre and Drama to 1660 (3) Prerequisite: THEA 101 or concurrent enrollment or consent of instructor
  • THEA 222 History of Theatre and Drama Since 1660 (3) Prerequisite: THEA 221 or consent of instructor
  • THEA 271 Stage Management (3) Corequisites: THEA 240 or 440

Upper Division Core: Take all of the following courses

  • THEA 324 Theatre Today (3) Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing
  • THEA 374 Fundamentals of Directing (3) Prerequisites: THEA 101 and 114A or consent of instructor
  • THEA 426 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (3) Prerequisites: None

Take 21 units from the following:

  • THEA 112, 114B, 144, 214, 215, 262, 290, 316, 318A, 318B, 341, 352, 364, 375, 413, 414, 415, 425, 427, 433, 442, 447, 449, 462, 476, 490, 498.

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Minor in Theatre Arts

This minor may be combined with any major at CSULB except the BA in Theatre Arts. Students are admitted to the minor after having completed a minimum of 30 units of college level coursework including all 12 units of General Education Foundation courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.


A minimum of 21 units is required for the minor.

Complete 12 units: THEA 101, 321, 322; THEA 114A or 142

Select 9 units from the following (at least 3 units must be upper division):

  • THEA 112, 114A, 114B, 142, 146, 148, 214, 262, 316, 374, 433, 426

Recommended GE Capstone (Note: will not be counted as part of the minor): THEA 324I

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