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Theatre Curriculum

Majors and Minors in Theatre

The Department of Theatre & Dance offers a B.A. in Theatre and a B.F.A. in Performing Arts.  We offer minors in Theatre, Music Theatre and Performing Arts Administration.  


B.A. in Theatre - For those who began WKU prior to Fall 2015.

B.A. In Theatre - For those who began WKU in the Fall of 2015 or later.

B.F.A. in Performing Arts 
     B.F.A. in Acting
     B.F.A. Music Theatre 
     B.F.A. Design & Technology


Theatre Minor
Music Theatre Minor
Performing Arts Administration Minor


What's the difference between the B.A. in Theatre and the B.F.A. in Performing Arts?

Our B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in Theatre is a traditional Liberal Arts degree, designed to provide a solid foundation in all aspects of theatre while leaving some flexibility to pursue your own particular interests. You will need to combine it with a minor, or even a second major.  Our B.A. in Theatre does not require an audition, and is most appropriate for students who want the freedom to explore during their undergraduate years.  B.A. Theatre students will often combine their degree with a major or minor in Film,  Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, or Performing Arts Administration.  But really, you can combine your B.A. in Theatre with almost any other major or minor at Western.  How about a Pre-Med second major?  It's possible!

Our B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) is a pre-professional degree.  It involves rigorous, conservatory-style training intended to hone your skills for entry into the professional world of the performing arts.  Our B.F.A. involves both a broad introduction to all aspects of theatre and concentrated training in either Acting, Music Theatre, or Theatre Design and Technology.   Admission into the B.F.A. in Performing Arts is by audition/interview in the third semester.  Until accepted into the B.F.A. interested student are classified as "seeking admission."  

Both degrees are designed to prepare students for further studies at the graduate and/or professional level.


Collonade Courses

The Department of Theatre & Dance offers multiple sections of THEA 151: Theatre Appreciation which can be used to fulfill general education requirements.  PERF 105: Taiji is also offered for general education in the category of Health and Wellness.


Honors Theatre Courses

Each semester we offer honors sections of a number of our Theatre classes.  Past offerings have included Theatre Appreciation,  Acting II, World Theatre History I & II, Musical Theatre History and Repertoire, Fundamentals of Theatre, Contemporary Performance, and Advanced Performing Arts Studio.   


Want to know more?  Contact us anytime and we'll set up an appointment with one of our faculty members. Call 270-745-5845 or email 

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