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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre and Performance Studies B.A.

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Bachelor of Arts Degree
College of the Arts, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies
(770) 499-3123

The Bachelor in Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies majors take provides students with a strong liberal arts foundation that prepares them to pursue diverse careers, including those in the professional theatre, as well graduate studies in theatre and performance studies. The B.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies is accredited by NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre).

The degree is comprised of 18 hours of lower-division courses, which introduces students to our program of study. At the 3000- and 4000-level, students take a core of classes including acting, visual imagination, performing literature, performing culture, play analysis, and history and theory. Additionally, students select a three-course concentration choosing from emphases in acting, performance studies (including storytelling, performance art, directing, adaptation of texts for the stage, and dramaturgy), design/technology, or musical theatre.
The major culminates in a senior seminar and six (6) hours of an applied/professional sequence. The applied/professional sequence, which is individually designed in cooperation with the student’s advisor, may include combinations of internships, co-ops, directed studies, international study, practicum courses, and/or service learning components.

All theatre and performance studies majors must demonstrate competence in foreign languages up through the level of FL 2002. 

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 

University-Wide Fitness For Living Requirement (3 Credit Hours)


*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)


*DANC 3400 - Movement for Performers, 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, DANC 3400 - Movement for Performers, and WRIT 3110 - Playwriting are preapproved as nine hours of the related studies electives for TPS majors completing the Performance Studies Concentration.

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.

Applied Professional Sequence (6 Credit Hours)

  • Six (6) hours from TPS 3398 Internship, TPS 3050 Applied Performance, TPS 4050 Advanced Applied Performance, TPS 4400 Directed Study, TPS 4000 Storytelling Practicum, TPS 4020 Musical Theatre Ensemble, 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)

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