BA in Theater Arts

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Theater Arts prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program examines relation of the theater to culture in major historical periods and focuses on differing types of plays, significant playwrights, and other theater artists, providing students the opportunity to learn the techniques and skills of all aspects of theater production. Students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in theater arts.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of theater
  • Compare and contrast theatrical techniques and processes (such as stagecraft and playwriting)
  • Explain the different forms of theater (such as stage plays and monologues) and theater’s relationship to other arts (such as film and opera)

BA in Theater Arts Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • College-Level Math Course
  • Electives in Intellectual and Practical Skills
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 18
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or Interdisciplinary
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
  • Other Ethics or Diversity Course
D. General Education Electives 18
II. Area of Study: Theater Arts 33
A. Required Courses 12
At least one course in each of the following is required  
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Theater History
  • Technical Theater Production
B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. Theater Arts Electives*
  • American Theater History
  • Children's Theater
  • Choreography
  • Costuming for the Stage
  • Creative Dramatics
  • Dance for Theater
  • Dramatic Criticism
  • Dramatic Literature
  • History of Costumes
  • Makeup I
  • Mime
  • Movement and Rhythm
  • Musical Comedy
  • Opera Production
  • Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • Profession of Acting
  • Reader's Theater
  • Scenic Design
  • Script Interpretation
  • Shakespeare Performance
  • Stage Dialects
  • Stage Lighting Design
  • Stage Technique: Combat
  • Summer Theater Workshop
  • Theatrical Conceptualization
  • Voice for Performers
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State College are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Free Electives 27
Total 120


*This list is a guide. Other theater arts courses may be appropriate for this area of study.


Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit - all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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