Mar 21, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre Major, B.A.

Department of Theatre and Dance  

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

Theatre is “Equipment for Living.” That’s the philosophy behind the MSU Denver Theatre program. 

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre will not only prepare you to tell powerful, transformative stories, it will also impart the ability to work in teams, communicate artfully, plan large projects and think analytically - skills employers crave. 

As a Theatre major, you will study the academic side of Theatre as well as receive opportunities to perform and work in campus productions, serve as a production dramaturge, become part of an MSU Denver touring company, intern at local theatres and participate in regional and national theatre competitions. 

MSU Denver’s Theatre program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The program will not only prepare you for further graduate studies, but also will provide the training necessary for careers in voice, film and theatre and other media. Many Theatre majors also translate their Theatre degrees into careers such as teaching, sales, law, business, communications and more.

Student Outcomes

  • Demonstrates a solid understanding of the business of theatre as it applies to his/her chosen concentration, especially an understanding of how to secure and maintain employment. 
  • Demonstrates the ability to exercise the skills of his/her chosen concentration with other theatre skill areas. 
  • Demonstrates the ability to think logically and critically. 
  • Demonstrates the ability to verbalize and/or write coherent and insightful criticism of dramatic literature and theatre production. 
  • Articulates the role of the arts, and theatre specifically, in diverse cultures represented in the city, state, and country. 
  • Works effectively and productively as a member of groups. 
  • Demonstrates the discipline, attitude, perseverance, and focus necessary for a career in the theatre.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • A grade of C- or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • A minor is required for this program.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  

  • Written Communication (6 credits) 
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) 
  • Quantitative Literacy (3 credits) 
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits) 
  • Historical (3 credits) 
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**)


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Multicultural Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Multicultural Graduation Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the Multicultural Requirement for degree completion.  
  • Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 

Major Electives: 8 credits

All courses with a “THE” prefix, except those courses required for the major or concentration, may be selected in consultation with an approved theatre advisor within the Department of Theatre.

Senior Experience: 3 credits

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Major Required Courses 31 credits
Major Electives 8 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Minor and Unrestricted Electives 42-51 credits
Total for the Theatre Major, B.A. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.