2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Theatre (B.S.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

J.D. Ackman, Program Coordinator
School of Performing Arts
205 Lincoln Music Hall, Box 2218
E-mail: john.ackman@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

Students in this major are exposed and participate in all aspects of theatre, through a broad-based education. Students will gain practical experience with the newest techniques and technology of theatre. In this major, the hands-on education involves participation in State University Theatre and Prairie Repertory Theatre.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of their degree, students will be able to:

  • understand and/or participate in the basic production process in all areas of theatre.
  • demonstrate familiarity with historical and cultural dimensions of theatre.
  • possess an understanding and appreciation of the concept of collaboration required for successful theatrical productions.
  • make informed assessments of quality in theatrical performances and activities
  • communicate effectively relative to the student’s specific area of particular interest and focus, if that is the case for the individual student.
  • understand the expectations and demands of the field, whether in an educational setting or the profession.

If applicable, students will be prepared to:

  • gain entry level positions in the profession in the areas of design, technology, or stage management, or gain entrance to graduate programs for additional training prior to entering the profession.
  • gain entry level positions as performers or gain acceptance to graduate programs for additional training or to enter the profession.
  • gain entry level positions in theatre management, promotions/business or gain acceptance to graduate programs for additional training or to enter the profession.

Academic Requirements

Minimum grade of “C” required in all major courses.

Course Delivery Format

A variety of methods are used in our curriculum, including student engagement and interactive learning, lecture, laboratory, small group, seminar and collaborative activities.

Requirements for Theatre Major: 120 Credits

 Bachelor of Science in Arts and Sciences

System General Education Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Science Requirements: 13+

  • Natural Sciences  Credits: 10+
    • Any two lab sciences.
    • Coursework must include 2 prefixes.
    • MATH and STATS courses do not count toward the science requirement.
  • A&S 111 - Introduction to Global Citizenship and Diversity Credits: 3  
  • One declared minor outside of the major prefix OR a second major OR a teaching specialization. The minor may be a traditional minor within one department or it may be interdisciplinary involving more than one department. The minor can be in a different college. The minor must be declared no later than the student’s third semester of enrollment.
  • Capstone course in the major discipline
  • Upper division coursework Credits: 33

System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts and Sciences for additional information about Bachelor of Arts specifications.

Select from the following

Select from the following courses.  Credits: 9


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120


+ Maximum activities credit towards major - 8 hours (from THEA 135 , THEA 145  and THEA 480 )

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