Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Theatre-Theatre Studies Emphasis

The BFA in Theatre—Theatre Studies Emphasis provides students with professional training in two student-selected areas of theatre to prepare them to enter the work force in either area by providing a foundation in general theatre studies and production development along with specialized professional training.

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Theatre-Theatre Studies Emphasis
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option)4
Major: Foundation Theatre-Theatre Studies Emphasis
THEA 1115Tech Build Crew1
THEA 1116Costume Crew1
THEA 1117Management Crew1
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Scenic Technology
Intro to Lighting Technology
Intro to Costume Technology
THEA 1364Beginning Acting3
THEA 2367Play Analysis3
THEA 3360History Of The Theatre I3
THEA 4360History Of The Theatre II3
THEA 4366Directing I 23
Theatre Block Courses
The following courses are restricted until after the successful completion of the program-specific audition / portfolio and interview process.
THEA 2330Stage Make Up3
THEA 2360Beginning Design3
THEA 2368Intermediate Acting3
THEA 3365Stage & Theatre Management3
Select two of the following:6
History Of Costume
Dramaturgy
Dramatic Theory & Criticism
The American Musical Theatre
Select two of the following:6
Special Topics
Playwriting
Experimental Theatre Productio
Worksp Chldrns Creative Drama
Theatre Production for Youth
Select three credits from the following:3
Theatre Workshop
Realized Performance or Production
Theatre Internship
Portfolio Development
Repertory Theatre
Major: Prescribed Electives
Theatre Electives 321
Select two of the following:6
Analog Photography
Digital Photography and Media
Photographic Concepts
Humor in Communication
Dance History
Literature and Film
Modern Drama
Intro Creative Writing:Fiction
Intro Creative Writing: Poetry
Shakespeare: Tragedies & Hist
Shakespeare:Comedies & Romance
Basic Principles of Design
Introduction To Textiles
History of Furnishings I
Fashion in Society
Design for PR & Advertising
Principles Of Marketing
Principles Of Management
Minor: Not Required 4
Total Hours120
1

MATH 1332 is recommended.

2

The following courses are restricted until after the successful completion of the program-specific audition / portfolio and interview process.

3

Theatre Electives (A minimum of 15 advanced hours selected with departmental approval and corresponding to a balance of coursework between the student’s areas of professional emphasis.)

4

A minor is not required for this degree program; however, a student has the option to add a minor, but to do so additional semester credits hours will be needed above the degree program’s stated total semester credit hours.

Notes

Students must earn a 2.5 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.75 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.5 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.75 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework. 

As early as the sophomore year, and not later than the beginning of the junior year, each student, working with the student’s academic advisor, will complete and sign a Declaration of Professional Emphases form. Students will indicate two professional areas in which they desire to specialize. This selection will guide both the student and the academic advisor(s) throughout the student’s remaining study, with the advisor ensuring that the student’s course selection is appropriate for thorough preparation and is balanced between the chosen areas.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area I3Component Area I3
Component Area II13Component Area III4
THEA 1115, 1116, or 11171Component Area IX1
THEA 1330, 1331, or 13323THEA 1115, 1116, or 11171
THEA 13643THEA 236023
THEA 23673THEA Electives33
 16 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area IV3Component Area III4
Component Area VI3Component Area VI3
THEA 1330, 1331, or 13323THEA 233023
THEA 236823THEA 33603
THEA Electives33THEA 336523
 15 16
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area VII3Component Area V3
Component Area VIII3Component Area VII3
THEA 1115, 1116, or 11171THEA 3337, 3364, 4363, or 437123
THEA 3337, 3364, 4363, or 437123THEA 43603
THEA 43663THEA 4362, 4094, 4368, 4387, or 438823
THEA Advanced Electives33 
 16 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area IX3Prescribed Elective (see list below)3
Prescribed Elective (see list below)3THEA 4362, 4094, 4368, 4387, or 438823
THEA 3114, 3396, 4093, 4365, or 438923THEA Advanced Electives36
THEA Advanced Elective36 
 15 12
Total Hours: 120
1

MATH 1332 is recommended.

2

The following courses are restricted until after the successful completion of the program-specific audition / portfolio and interview process. 

3

Theatre Electives (A minimum of 15 advanced hours selected with departmental approval and corresponding to a balance of coursework between the student’s areas of professional emphasis.)

Prescribed Elective Courses
ARTS 2365Analog Photography3
ARTS 2370Digital Photography and Media3
ARTS 2375Photographic Concepts3
COMS 3365Humor in Communication3
DANC 3372Dance History3
ENGL 3334Literature and Film3
ENGL 3370Modern Drama3
ENGL 3381Intro Creative Writing:Fiction3
ENGL 3382Intro Creative Writing: Poetry3
ENGL 3391Shakespeare: Tragedies & Hist3
ENGL 3392Shakespeare:Comedies & Romance3
FACS 1360Basic Principles of Design3
FACS 1369Introduction To Textiles3
FACS 2361History of Furnishings I3
FACS 2366Fashion in Society3
MCPA 2382Design for PR & Advertising3
MGMT 3310Principles Of Management3
MKTG 3310Principles Of Marketing3

Notes 

Students must earn a 2.5 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.75 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.5 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.75 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework. 

As early as the sophomore year, and not later than the beginning of the junior year, each student, working with the student’s academic advisor, will complete and sign a Declaration of Professional Emphases form. Students will indicate two professional areas in which they desire to specialize. This selection will guide both the student and the academic advisor(s) throughout the student’s remaining study, with the advisor ensuring that the student’s course selection is appropriate for thorough preparation and is balanced between the chosen areas.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BFA in Theatre-Theatre Studies Emphasis is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Work as a team member to solve a variety of problems.
  • Creative problem solving taking into account history, practical application, time, and available personnel
  • Present ideas and solutions verbally and in written form to others.
  • Understand the need to produce a finished product on reasonable deadlines.