Oct 03, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Theatre BA

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Your life is not a dress rehearsal. This is your chance to follow your dreams and do what you love. UB’s theatre program is for anyone who wants to be surrounded by the unmatched creativity and tight-knit community that you’ll find in the theater, along with all the academic opportunities you’ll get from a world-class research university. Whether you crave the spotlight-or you prefer being in the director’s chair, behind the scenes or writing about the arts-there’s a place for you here. 

Visit the Theatre academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Theatre and Dance department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current UB students seeking admission to the Theatre BA will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Request to Change a Major - Form.

Course Requirements

One Design Course (3 credits)

Additional Course Requirements (24 Credits)

At least 15 credits from the following requirements must be at the 300/400 level. 

Three courses in one concentration

Practicum and Electives

Total Credits Required for Major: 49

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

Minimum 2.333 (C+) in all major courses.

Theatre BA students tailor their requirements to their area of study, primarily acting, design & technology, or literature/directing. Students must complete their core requirements in order to advance to upper level electives. Upper level electives must come from the Department of Theatre & Dance (Dance or Music Theatre classes are not applicable.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 13 or 14

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 16 or 17

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 16

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 17

Third Year Fall

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 13

Fourth Year Spring

  • TH Elective Credit: 3
  • Elective Credit: 3
  • Elective Credit: 3
  • Elective Credit: 3
  • Elective Credit: 1

Total Credits: 13

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Identify major figures and events from theatre history, theory and criticism.
  • Define and use appropriate critical vocabulary of theatre arts, including script analysis, acting, and design terminology.
  • Critically read, interpret, and evaluate a range of representative plays and situate representative plays and performance events within larger cultural and historical movements.
  • Construct and articulate in speech and writing a compelling thesis about theatre history, literature, or theory using acquired research skills and critical vocabulary.
  • Integrate the concerns of actors, directors, and designers into a collaborative creative process, both in the creation of extant plays and original work.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conceive and execute an original performance, either solo or in a collaborative process.

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