The Bachelor of Arts in general 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 BA provides the student with creative experiences of studio and performance work. BA 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 exeriences on many levels. A Stage Management emphasis in the BA track has been introduced recently.
The Bachelor of Arts provides broad career opportunities: students who are interested in several fields have the opportunity to minor in other subject areas. Examples of possible minors are English, business, or communications.
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, public relations, etc. 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 and the University.