BA in Theatre

Degree Program Description

The study of Theatre focuses upon the produced play, past, present, and future.  The BA in Theatre offers students an appreciation of theatre as a fine art, sharpens the talents of those who seek careers in theatre and provides students with methods of stimulating and using their imagination and intensifying their communication skills. Students must choose from one of three emphasis areas: Design/Technical, Performance, and Writing for Performance.  The curriculum includes:  examining the heritage of theatre through dramatic literature and theatre history, exercises in theatrical skills, artistic training in design and performance, and theory and criticism of theatre. The Rhynsburger Theatre, the Corner Playhouse, and outreach programs serve as laboratories for ongoing examination of theatre in society, responsive to social issues.  Working with faculty and staff of professionally trained actors, directors, and designers, students focus on performance, writing for performance, and theatre design and technology.   MU undergraduate theatre students have taken their work to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, winning awards in acting, playwriting, design, and dramaturgy. After graduation, many of our students find work in film, television, and the professional theatre as actors, directors, designers, stage managers, artists, and technicians, or go on to graduate school to further their theatre education.

Back to Top

Major Program Requirements

The major in Theatre consists of core courses and an emphasis area. In addition, all students must complete all College of Arts and Sciences and University graduation requirements, including University General Education. All courses used to satisfy requirements for the major must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Major core requirements15
THEATR 1320Beginning Scenic Construction3
or THEATR 1340 Beginning Costume Construction
THEATR 2300Production Workshop I1
THEATR 2710Introduction to Theatre History3
THEATR 2800Principles of Script Analysis3
THEATR 3300Production Workshop II1
THEATR 4990Capstone in Theatre1
Select 3 hours from:
THEATR 1720African-American Theatre History3
THEATR 3700World Dramatic Literature3
THEATR 3750New American Theatre3
THEATR 3770The Theatre Experience: From Page to Stage and Screen3
THEATR 4700Studies in Theatre History3
THEATR 4720American Musicals3
THEATR 4800Studies in Dramatic Theory3
THEATR 4820Studies in Dramatic Literature3
THEATR 4830Studies in Dramatic Criticism3

Emphasis Areas

Theatre students must also complete an emphasis area in Performance, Design/Technical or Writing for Performance.

Back to Top

Semester Plan

Refer to the semester plan for the Performance emphasis, or contact the academic departments for assistance with academic planning.

Degree Audit


The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

Back to Top 

Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

Back to Top