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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Theatre and Performance Studies B.A.

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Bachelor of Arts Degree
College of the Arts, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies
(470) 578-3123

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies is fully accredited by NAST (the National Association of Schools of Theatre). Accreditation follows a rigorous evaluation process that includes self-study and peer review. The major provides student artists with a foundation in theatre as an historic, global, and aesthetic form, through the study of a variety of performance texts and styles, from classical and modern drama to musical theatre, folk and literary narratives, performance art, and classical and contemporary poetry. Emphasizing the interrelationship between theory and praxis, the major prepares students for entry into the profession or for graduate study in theatre or other related fields. The Department of Theatre Performance Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies, with concentrations in acting, performance studies, musical theatre and design/technology.

The Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University supports the liberal arts mission of the University by engaging students as artists, scholars, and active citizens in their social worlds. Students learn through praxis, encountering performance as the intersection of rigorous critical investigation and practical, engaged, learning. Taking a uniquely holistic view of performance to include the realms of theatrical production, storytelling, dance, performance art, and everyday life, the department challenges students to recognize performance as a method of analysis, a mode of inquiry, and a creative and aesthetic act.

Our program offers a wide range of courses dedicated to developing students as scholar-artists, viewing both live performance as scholarship and writing as a creative act. The program provides opportunities for students to create, witness, and critique performances based on a variety of sources: from dramatic scripts to literary and folk traditions, original ethnographic field research, and personal narratives. Inherent within this premise lies an ardent commitment to provide global learning opportunities to students as vital to their individual and social growth. It is the department’s mission to push the discipline forward in integrating theatre, dance and performance studies approaches, offering for our campus and our community a broad spectrum of voices, cultures, texts, periods, and styles of performance experiences.

Admission Requirements

High school GPA requirement of 2.5 or higher for entering first-year freshmen. College GPA requirement of 3.0 or higher for entering transfers and currently-enrolled KSU students seeking a change in major. 

General Education (42 Credit Hours)

See listing of requirements.   


*Theatre Production must be taken two times for two credits each.

Upper Division Major Requirements (27 Credit Hours)

Plus one of the following concentrations: (9 Credit Hours)


*ENGL 3232 - Topics in Drama, and ENGL 4340 - Shakespeare, are preapproved as nine hours of the related studies electives for TPS majors completing the Acting Concentration.


*COM 2129 - Public Speaking and WRIT 3110 - Playwriting are preapproved as nine hours of the related studies electives for TPS majors completing the Performance Studies Concentration.

**If a student enrolled in the Performance Studies Concentration chooses to take both TPS 3493 Performance Art and TPS 3600, one of the courses may serve as a major requirement while the other serves as an upper-division elective.

Design/Technology Concentration*

Musical Theatre Concentration*


* MUSI 1121 Music Theory I, MUAP 3320 Performance - Secondary Applied, and TPS 3320 Musical Theatre Performance: Applied Voice are preapproved related studies electives for TPS majors completing the Musical Theatre Concentration.

Senior Seminar (3 Credit Hours)

Applied Professional Sequence (6 Credit Hours)

  • Six (6) hours from TPS 3398 Internship, TPS 3050 Applied Performance and Production, TPS 4050 Advanced Applied Performance and Production, TPS 4400 Directed Study, TPS 4010 Storytelling Practicum, TPS 4020 Musical Theatre Ensemble, TPS 4030 Actor’s Studio, TPS 4490 Special Topics in Theatre and Performance Studies, or SA 4490 Upper-Division Study Abroad/Gaiety School of Acting.

Related Studies (12 Credit Hours)

  • 12 hours of upper-division studies beyond the major requirements as approved by the academic advisor. Lower-division courses may also be approved when appropriate.

Free Electives (12 Credit Hours)

Any courses in the university curriculum.

Program Total (123 Credit Hours)

University-Wide Degree Requirements


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