Apr 20, 2024  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre, B.S.

Theatre and Dance  
Jeff Gibson, chair

MTSU is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The major in Theatre is designed to provide students with maximum opportunities to develop theoretical and practical appreciation of theatre arts. Preparation is offered for the pursuit of graduate study in a number of fields or for entry into professions including secondary school teaching and professional theatre.

Students majoring in Theatre are required to receive a grade of C or better in each course in the major. No more than 50 percent of coursework (60 credits of 120 required) for the degree may be completed in THEA coursework.

Admission to Candidacy

All students are required to be admitted to candidacy to earn a B.S. degree in Theatre. Candidacy is required as a prerequisite to enrollment in some upper-division THEA courses, including THEA 3700 , THEA 4800 , THEA 4810 , THEA 4900 , and THEA 4990 .

For guaranteed admission to candidacy, a student must have

  • completed all learning support requirements;
  • completed all high school deficiencies;
  • completed 30 hours of coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0;
  • completed all candidacy courses (12 hours) with a grade of 2.0 (C) or better: THEA 1015 , THEA 2000 , THEA 2100 , THEA 2900 , and THEA 3820 ; and earned a GPA of 3.5 on all THEA coursework.
Candidacy Appeals

Students who complete each of the above THEA candidacy courses with a grade of 2.0 (C) or better but fail to meet one or more of the other requirements may appeal for admission.

A limited number of students may be admitted to candidacy on appeal, based upon available resources and upon faculty committee recommendation. Approval by appeal will be based on exceptional circumstances and/or exceptional talent and/or diversity considerations.

Candidacy admission by appeal will be granted following faculty committee review near the beginning and end of each Fall and Spring term as announced by email. Online appeal applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, with deadlines announced via email.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Theatre, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education 41 hours
Major Requirements 54 hours
     Major Core    30 hours
     Theatre Electives    24 hours
Electives 25 hours
TOTAL 120 hours

General Education (41 hours)

General Education  requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (54 hours)

Theatre Elective Courses (24 hours)

  • Students must select 24 credit hours from upper-division (3000 or 4000) courses in THEA in consultation with an advisor.

Electives (25 hours)

  • No more than six (6) credit hours of electives may be completed in THEA coursework.

Recommended Curriculum: Theatre

Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

All students pursuing a major within this department must complete the General Education requirements. The following is a suggested pattern of study; however, consultation with the assigned advisor is necessary before each registration.


Subtotal: 31 Hours


Subtotal: 32 Hours


Subtotal: 30 Hours


Subtotal: 27 Hours