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Grand Valley State University    
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Jun 27, 2019
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Theatre

Requirements for a Major in Theatre

A bachelor’s degree in theatre requires completion of (1) School of Communication’s core, (2) B.A. or .B.S. degree requirements, (3) theatre core, (4) theatre electives, and (5) a theatre Capstone. The Bachelor of Arts requires between 51 and 63 credit hours, while the Bachelor of Science requires 60 credit hours.

School of Communications Core (credits: 6)

All students majoring in the School of Communications must complete the following core courses, for a total of six credits:

B.A. and B.S. Degree Requirements

B.A. Degree Requirements

The B.A. degree requires a third-semester proficiency in a classical or modern foreign language of the student’s choice.

B.S. Degree Requirements for the Theatre Program

Theatre Core (credits: 35)

Design/Tech/Management Area (credits: 8)

Two of the following:

Theatre Studies Area (credits: 12)

Performance Area (credits: 9)

Advanced Theatre Study (credits: 6)

Two of the following, one of which must be a design course selected from CTH 367, CTH 368, or CTH 369.

Theatre Electives (credits: 7)

Elective credit courses must be taken in addition to courses taken in the theatre core. Courses not selected to fulfill the theatre core may be taken as electives once the core requirements have been satisfied. Elective credit for CTH 298 is available only after satisfying the tech lab requirement.

*A maximum of three credits from CTH 490 Internship may be counted toward the required theatre elective credit.

Capstone (credits: 3)

Capstone Requirement:

  COM 495 - Issues in Communication (Capstone) Credits: 3  

All students majoring in the School of Communications must take COM 495 (three credits) during their senior year. This Capstone course offers a synthesis of ideas and theories about one or more current critical issues in communication.

Suggested Pattern of Coursework for a Major in Theatre

Guidelines for completing the theatre major (check specific major requirements with your advisor). This option assumes students will complete the required skills, general education, and required courses working toward a B.S. or B.A. degree. Theatre students are encouraged to avoid taking evening courses where possible, due to rehearsal conflicts in the co-curricular theatre program.

Freshman Year

*CTH 161 fulfills the general education Foundations Arts category and is required for the theatre major.

Sophomore Year

*Two credits, one credit each, of CTH 298 in concert with the two technical theatre classes selected.

Junior and Senior Year

Students select one design course and either an additional design course or CTH 362 or CTH 465.