Feb 27, 2024  
Butler University Bulletin 2023-2024 
  
Butler University Bulletin 2023-2024

Theatre, BA


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Requirements for the Major


Applicants are admitted to the program on the basis of academic acceptance by the University and an audition or portfolio presentation and an interview. The BA in theatre requires completion of 124 credit hours. In addition to the University Core Curriculum, the student takes courses in the analysis, history, technique, and production of theatre. The BS in Arts Administration-Theatre requires completion of 128 credit hours including business, administration, and theatre courses. For detailed degree requirements, see www.butler.edu/jordan-arts/undergraduate-programs/theatre/majors-minors/.

PLEASE NOTE: The application process for the major includes a portfolio review or an audition. See the application process page on the program website: www.butler.edu/theatre  or contact the Department Chair for more information. 

Required Courses in Theatre (44 hours)


Theatre Electives (9 hours)


Choose from the following list of Theatre courses or supportive courses: 

Core Curriculum (27 hours)


FYS 101,102 First Year Seminar 3,3
GHS ____ Global and Historical Studies
(two semesters)
3,3
TI ____ Texts and Ideas

3

SW ____ The Social World 3
NW ____ The Natural World   3
AR ____ Analytical Reasoning 3
PWB ____ Physical Well-Being 1

The following requirements of the University Core Curriculum are fulfilled by the BA in Theatre: Writing Across the Curriculum (TH 451 TH 452 TH 453 ​, when taken in the junior year); Speaking Across the Curriculum (TH 490 ); Indianapolis Community Requirement (TH 150 ); and Social Justice and Diversity (TH 351  or TH 352 ). Theatre majors are exempt from both the Perspectives in the Creative Arts Requirement (because they take 9 hours in the arts) and the Butler Cultural Requirement. Performance attendance requirements for all theatre majors are embedded in the curriculum.  

Suggested Sequence of Courses


Course   Hrs.   Course   Hrs.
SEMESTER 1       SEMESTER 2    
TH 100 - Professional Theatre Practices *             1   TH 100 - Professional Theatre Practices    1
TH 101 - Professional Theatre Lab    0   TH 101 - Professional Theatre Lab *   0
TH 111 - Acting 1    3   TH 112 - Acting 2    3
TH 121 - Stage Movement I    2   TH 122 - Voice for the Actor 1 *     2
TH 130 - Production Fundamentals    2   TH 250 - Text Analysis     3
TH 150 - Idea of Theatre 1    3   FYS 101 - First Year Seminar*   3
FYS 101 - First Year Seminar*   3   PWB ___      Physical Well-Being    1
Free Electives   3   Free Electives    3
TOTAL HOURS   17   TOTAL HOURS   16
             
SEMESTER 3       SEMESTER 4    
TH 300 - Professional Theatre Practices ±   1   TH 300 - Professional Theatre Practices ±    1
TH ___ TH Design Course**   3   TH 301 - Professional Theatre Lab §     0
GHS ___ Global and Historical Studies    3   TH ___ TH Design Course**   3
AR ___ Analytical Reasoning   3   GHS ___ Global and Historical Studies    3
Free Electives   6   Theatre Electives   3
        Free Electives   6
TOTAL HOURS   16   TOTAL HOURS   16
             
SEMESTER 5       SEMESTER 6    
TH 300 - Professional Theatre Practices ±     1   TH 351 / TH - American Theatre History 1/2 ***      3
TH 301 - Professional Theatre Lab §    0   Theatre Electives   3
TH 451 /2  /3 - Critical Perspectives 1/2/3***      3   SW ___ The Social World    3
TH ___ TH Design Course**   3   Free Electives   6
TI ___ Texts and Ideas   3        
Free Electives   4        
TOTAL HOURS   14   TOTAL HOURS   15
Potential for Studying Abroad in the 5th or 6th semester 
             
SEMESTER 7       SEMESTER 8    
TH 441 - Stage Directing 1      3   TH 300 - Professional Theatre Practices ±      1
TH 490 - Senior Capstone in Theatre     1   TH 301 - Professional Theatre Lab §   0
NW ___ The Natural World    5   TH 49X - Capstone, Internship, or Thesis   1+
TH 451 /2  /3 - Critical Perspectives 1/2/3***      3   Theatre Electives   3
Free Electives   3   Free Electives   10
TOTAL HOURS   15   TOTAL HOURS   15+
Potential for Studying Abroad in the 7th or 8th semester  

*Classes must be taken in the semester indicated.
**Choose 1 design course from the following: TH 232 (Stage Lighting 1), TH 331 (Scenography), or TH 335 (Costume Design).
***American Theatre History and Critical Perspectives in Theatre classes can be taken in any semester during the 3rd and 4th years.  

±TH 300 must be completed a minimum of 4 times per arrangement with department (Soph, Jr, Sr).
§TH 301 must be completed 3 times per arrangement with department (Soph, Jr, Sr). 

 

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