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    Apr 17, 2024  
American University Catalog 2023-2024 
    
American University Catalog 2023-2024

Theatre (BA)


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


  • 49-51 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
  • Specializations: Design and Production; Directing; Performance; Playwriting; Theatre and Social Justice

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 a stage manager or assistant stage manager, and one production in another technical capacity:

Capstone (3 credit hours)


Specializations (22-24 credit hours)


Complete 22-24 credit hours from one of the following specializations:

Design and Production (24 credit hours)


Directing (24 credit hours)


Performance (24 credit hours)


Playwriting (24 credit hours)


Theatre and Social Justice (22 credit hours)


Note: Completion of the Required, Cultural Area, and Focused Area categories satisfies the requirements of the Social Action, Justice, and the Performing Arts (Undergraduate Certificate) .

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.