Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Theatre (TAR) with a concentration in Theatre Arts (TAA)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 50.0501 (Track 2 of 2)

College of The Arts


Major Description

Through its curriculum and production program, students have the opportunity to prepare for a professional career in the theatre or to continue their studies at the graduate level. Our exclusively undergraduate program boasts intensive studies in the disciplines of performance, design and theatre arts as well as a close working relationship with our nationally and internationally recognized faculty.

Concentration Description

The Theatre Arts Concentration is intended for the student who, in consultation with the Theatre Advisor, wishes to construct his/her own degree program from a broad spectrum of theatre courses. In addition to courses in performance and design, areas of study available are Puppetry, Playwriting, Stage Management, Directing, Literature and Criticism.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

For students transferring from a Florida College System institution: Students are encouraged to complete the A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Please be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university. This is a non-limited access program with the courses below recommended.

Students need not have completed a concentration of courses in theatre in order to consider a Theatre major at USF. However, admission to the upper-level Theatre Performance program is by audition and admission to the upper-level Design sequence is by portfolio review. If the student does not succeed in passing the audition or portfolio review certain Theatre program requirements may have to be repeated until successful completion of the audition or portfolio review can be achieved.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade. A C average in the major is required for graduation.

If students are coming to the university from a Florida College System institution, the following prerequisite courses will be accepted as meeting lower level requirements.

  • THE X000 Any introductory course from THE X001-X035 (3 credit hours)
  • THE X300 or THE X305 (3 credit hours)
  • THE X925 (1 credit hour)
  • TPA X290 (1 credit hour)
  • TPA X200 or TPA X210 (3 credit hours)
  • TPP X190 or TPP X110 (3 credit hours)
  • Any combination THE, TPA and TPP course (9 credit hours)

Total Major Hours: 54 Hours

Major Core

Students may choose one of three areas for the B.A. degree: Performance, Design or Theatre Arts. Common to all is the following core, normally taken in the years indicated:

Major Core Courses - 33 Hours

First Year (14 credit hours):

Second Year (8 credit hours):

Third Year (8 credit hours):

  • Choose two Theatre History/Literature Courses from the following list: Note: By prior agreement between the director and instructor the Honors sequence in its entirety (THE 4593, 4594, 4595) may substitute for one Theatre History/Literature course requirement.
  • TPA 4293 Production Involvement II
  • TPP 4193 Studio Theatre Performance II

Fourth Year (3 credit hours):

  • THE 4562 Contemporary Performance Theory

Concentration Core Courses - 21 Hours

  • Additional 3 credit hours of TPP Courses
  • Additional 18 credit hours of THE; TPA; TPP Courses
    • (9 credit hours must be at the upper level)

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