Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Business

The Theatre Business major emphasizes theatre arts theory and practice as well as entrepreneurial skills from the department of business. Majors are trained in both theatre arts and business practices. A minimum of 48 credits is required for completion of the major. Classes listed as “or” are intended to be self-directed toward a specific area of study with guidance from their advisor.

Theatre Business Degree Requirements (48-52 credits):

  • THA 105, 205, 305 Prod Credits (4) (4 Experiences)
  • THA 125 Stage Design Fundamentals (4)
    • -or- THA 130 Intro to Theatre Tech (4)
  • THA 140 Acting Fundamentals (4)
  • THA 230 Stage Management Lab (2)
  • THA 250 Theatre History Survey (4)
  • THA 360 Topics in Making Theatre (2) (1-2 variable credits)
  • THA 425 Senior Seminar (4)
  • Additional History Related Course (4) - Choose from:
    • ENG 213 Drama
    • ENGL 221 Shakespeare before 1600
    • ENGL 222 Shakespeare after 1600
    • ENGL 223 Performing Shakespeare
    • MUS 231 Jazz History to the 1940s
    • MUSCS 130 Intro to Jazz History
  • ECON 101 Principles of Economics (4)
  • BUS 136 Principles of Global Marketing (4)
  • ACCT 210 Principle of Financial Accounting/Reporting (4)
  • BUS 310 Principle of Management and Organizational Behavior (4)
    • -or- BUS 430 Human Resource Management (4)
  • BUS 304 Non-Profit Management (4)
    • -or- BUS 369 (Topics course approved by Dept) (4)
  • Internship Requirement (0-4)


Internship Requirement: 0-4 credits

Each student will complete an internship with a professional theatre company or will create an internship involving a University sponsored event. Internships must be completed in junior year or in the fall of senior year. Students’ internship experience will be connected with their written capstone experience.

Theatre Business Capstone Requirement

THA 425 Senior Seminar (offered in spring semester) is the course through which Theatre Arts and Theatre Business majors realize their Capstone Projects as part of a Spring Play Festival. Theatre Arts and Theatre Business seniors will propose a project in their area of interest in the fall of their senior year. Proposals must be approved by faculty. Areas of focus may include - Acting, Design, Directing, Dramaturgy, Marketing, Playwriting, or Stage Management. All capstone projects must include a writing component that demonstrates critical capacity and a formal presentation appropriate to the student’s target audience. Capstone requirement will include a specific business element based on the specifics of each student’s capstone with at least one committee member from the theatre faculty and one from the business administration faculty.

Courses considered for cross-listing toward Theatre arts and theatre business degree credit include:

Media and Visual Culture Studies, Studio Art, Dramatic Literature/Shakespeare, Vocal performance.