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    Mar 03, 2024  
American University Catalog 2022-2023 
American University Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Performing Arts: Theatre (BA)

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Offered by the Department of Performing Arts , College of Arts and Sciences .

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires demonstrated talent through an audition portfolio review arranged with the department, preferably prior to beginning university studies. However, a student may enter as an intended major and have an audition or portfolio review during the first year. Students will be accepted based on programmatic approval and written declaration of major.

University Requirements

AU Core Requirements

For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum .

Major Requirements

  • 51 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 27 credit hours at or above 300-level
    • Students who wish to study abroad must receive prior approval from their advisor in order to ensure that appropriate courses will transfer and that scholarships and financial aid will apply

Course Requirements

Production Participation (2-4 credit hours)

Complete the following to demonstrate participation in a minimum of four department productions in either a performance or technical capacity, including one production as stage manager or assistant stage manager, and one production in another technical capacity:

Stage Management


Additional Participation

Complete two courses from the following:

Tracks (27 credit hours)

Complete one of the following:


Note: Placement audition required.

Theatre Arts


Complete 3 credit hours from the following:


Complete 3 credit hours from the following:


  • 9 credit hours in additional area of specialty courses approved by advisor

Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program  and Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.

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