Skip to Local Navigation
Skip to Content
California State University, Long Beach
2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Theatre Arts

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts (120 units)

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts provides the opportunity for the student to gain 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.


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: None
  • THEA 146 Costume Crafts I (3)
    Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 148 Stage Lighting I (3)
    Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 201 Writing for the Theatre Arts (3)
    Prerequisite: ENGL 100.
  • 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 & Drama Since 1660 (3)
    Prerequisite: THEA 221 or consent of instructor.
  • THEA 271 Stage Management (3)
    Prerequisites: None

Upper Division Core:

Take all of the following courses:

  • THEA 324I 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, 425I, 427, 433, 442, 447, 449, 462, 476, 490, 498.

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 beginning of the semester, all incoming students, including transfer students (including 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.

Print this page Add this page to your favorites Select a font size Select a small font Select a medium font Select a large font

Theatre Arts

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs