General

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is designed for students who want a liberal arts education with an emphasis in theatre. In addition to a broad liberal arts background, the B.A. provides the creative experiences of studio and performance work. Students are expected not only to master critical thinking about performance through courses such as theatre history, playwriting, and dramaturgy, but also to audition for productions or involve themselves in the creation of theatrical experiences on many levels.

The Bachelor of Arts provides broad career opportunities in several fields and an opportunity to minor in other subject areas. Examples of possible minors are English, business, or communications.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

School Information

The School of Theatre + Dance provides an intimate setting where students, faculty, and staff interact in constant and close collaboration. Curricular programs are suited to a range of student interests and talents, from the liberal arts B.A. degree to the competitive B.F.A. and M.F.A. professional training degrees.
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The Bachelor of Arts degree program in theatre prepares graduates to pursue additional academic degrees or enter professional theatre, teaching, or allied fields such as communication or public relations. If they choose to pursue advanced degrees, BA graduates traditionally enter MA, JD, or PhD programs. Regardless of degree or career expectations, students complete a core of foundation courses in theatre and dance in addition to general education courses required by the College of the Arts, the university, and the state of Florida.

A minimum of 120 semester credits is required to complete the B.A. general theatre degree. An outside elective is any course taken outside of the major. Unless an approved minor is included, 18 credits of electives must be chosen from 3000/4000-level courses outside of the School of Theatre and Dance. Transfer students with A.A. degrees must complete additional courses in the basic distribution, which includes general education requirements. Students must earn minimum grades of C in each of these courses and they may not be taken S-U.

Students must take 10 credits of foreign language or show a minimum proficiency in a single foreign language by taking a placement test. If the proficiency is met, it does not reduce the number of credits required for the degree. Foreign language may be taken S-U or for a letter grade, and the minimum grade is C; no credit is given through CLEP examinations.

All students pursuing the B.A. degree must consult the department advisor and get approval before attempting the elective portion of this program.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course with a minimum grade of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course with a minimum grade of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  •  Complete 1 of 6 upper division critical-tracking courses with minimum grade of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

  • Complete 2 additional upper division critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 7

  • Complete 1 additional upper division critical-tracking course with minimum grade of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 8

  • Complete all remaining upper-division tracking courses with minimum grades of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
THE 2000 Theatre Appreciation (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Humanities with Diversity) 3
TPP 2110 Acting 1: Instrument and Discipline (Critical Tracking) 3
State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences 3
Gen Ed Mathematics 3
 Credits15
Semester Two
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Physical or Biological Sciences OR Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
TPA 2202C Stagecraft (Critical Tracking) 4
TPP 3103 Acting 2: Analysis and Application (Critical Tracking) 3
Gen Ed Composition (Writing Requirement) 3
 Credits13
Semester Three
TPA 2232C Beginning Costume (Critical Tracking) 3
TPP 3650 Script Analysis (Critical Tracking) 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Foreign language 5
 Credits14
Semester Four
TPA 3217 Introduction to Lighting and Sound (Critical Tracking) 4
State Core Gen Ed Composition 3
Theatre elective 3
Foreign language 5
 Credits15
Semester Five
THE 4110 History of Theatre on Stage 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities and International) 3
THE 4950 Production and Performance 1
State Core Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Gen Ed Physical or Biological Sciences OR Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 1 3
Outside electives 6
 Credits16
Semester Six
THE 4111 History of Theatre on Stage 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities and International) 3
THE 4950 Production and Performance 1
TPP 3311 Directing (Critical Tracking) 3
Outside electives 9
 Credits16
Semester Seven
THE 4481
Production Dramaturgy (Critical Tracking)
or Playwriting Workshop
3
Theatre electives 6
Outside electives 6
 Credits15
Semester Eight
THE 3234
Diversity and Multiculturalism in American Theatre (Critical Tracking)
or African American Theatre History and Practice
3
THE 4970 Senior Project (Critical Tracking; B.A. majors only) 1
Theatre electives 6
Outside electives 6
 Credits16
 Total Credits120

For the B.A. in general theatre, students must complete at least 50 credits at the 3000/4000 levels.

Complete 15 credits of theatre courses by end of the junior year and maintain a 2.0 GPA.


The Bachelor of Arts in general theatre provides a liberal arts education with an emphasis in theatre that includes creative experiences in studio and performance. Students can combine the degree with a minor in another subject area to enhance their opportunities for graduate work or entry to professional theatre, teaching or allied fields such as communication and public relations.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Satisfactory faculty evaluation of a senior project.

  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content
  1. Recall primary examples of the history, literature, structure, and theory of theatre.
Critical Thinking
  1. Apply problem-solving strategies to artistic processes.
Communication
  1. Communicate in advanced written and oral form on both analytical and artistic levels.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3
THE 3234 R
THE 4110 I R
THE 4111 A A
TPA 2202C I
TPA 2232C I
TPP 2110 I I
TPP 3103 R
TPP 3311 R R
TPP 3650 R
TPP 4481 R A

Assessment Types

  • Quizzes
  • Dramaturgical protocol/casebook
  • Senior project