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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

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


Theatre Minor
Musical Theatre Minor
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 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 two course as part of the WKU general education Colonnade Curriculum.   THEA 151: Theatre Appreciation fulfills the Colonnade Explorations – Arts & Humanties requirement.  THEA 341: Culture and Performance fulfills the Colonnade Connections – Arts & Culture requirement.


Honors Theatre Courses

The Department of Theatre & Dance offers both Honors Only sections of THEA 151: Theatre Apprecaiton.  The department also offers Honors sections and Honors augmentation for many of its classes including  World Theatre History I & II, Fundamentals of Theatre, Culture and Performance, Acting III, Musical Theatre History, Advanced Performing Arts Studio, Choreogrpahy I and II, as well as most Dance Technique classes. 

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



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 Last Modified 3/4/19