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THEATRE DEGREE PROGRAMS

Major in Theatre - Acting and Directing | Major in Theatre - Theatre Design and Technology | Major in Musical Theatre, Theatre Emphasis | Major in Theatre - Secondary Teaching Certification | Theatre Minor

 

Chair: Penelope Hasekoester (936) 294-1330

Faculty: Gregg Buck, Kristina Hanssen, Maureen McIntyre, Thomas Prior

Website: http://www.shsu.edu/academics/theatre/

Theatre reflects the human condition in the study of a wide range of behavior, relationships, periods of history, social configurations and aesthetic styles. Involvement in this collaborative art form finds students growing in theatre skills and techniques, better understanding themselves, solving problems, working within a group and meeting production deadlines.

A theatre major first studies each area of the theatre to gain substantial knowledge of acting, technical theatre, costuming, lighting and scenic design, stage makeup, history, criticism, and directing. From that background, a person can specialize in one of these areas with additional coursework in theatre, and in such fields as music, dance, art, radio and television, or teacher education. Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs are available in musical theatre, acting and directing, design and technical theatre, and secondary education.

Students have the opportunity to act in shows every semester. As they develop expertise in areas of their primary interests, advanced students are chosen to stage manage, to design lights, sets, costumes, sound, makeup, and to direct major productions. Productions are staged in either the large, 396-seat proscenium theatre or the 90-seat thrust theatre. The theatres themselves, as well as the scene and costume shops are equipped with excellent technical equipment. Guest
directors and professional workshops provide students additional contacts with other people in professional theatre. The proximity to Houston also allows students exposure to many venues of professional theatre, opera, dance, film and other forms of entertainment.

Academic Programs

Highlights

The Theatre and Musical Theatre programs at Sam Houston State University:

The program also holds memberships and participates in:

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the theatre program are well prepared for rewarding careers in professional or educational theatre or for graduate school.

Suggested Minors

There is no minor required for a BFA in Theatre.

Student Organizations

Internships/Apprenticeships

The Sam Houston State University Department of Theatre and Dance has a professional apprenticeship program with Theatre Under The Stars, Houston. This apprenticeship allows Sam Houston State University students to work with the Humphrey’s School of Musical Theatre and to work with Theatre Under The Stars in a performance as well as an arts administration capacity. In addition a new internship has been developed with STAGES Repertory Theatre in Houston.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available through the theatre program for theatre and musical theatre majors. Performance, technical and design auditions are held each spring for freshman and transfer students entering in the fall. Continuing scholarships are available for application toward the end of each semester. Contact the Department or visit the website for further information.

Student assistantships are available for advanced theatre students who work in scenery, properties, costuming, lighting and management.

Curriculum

Required Courses for Major

All theatre majors are required to register for THR 114 or 314, theatre workshop, for 4 semesters. Musical theatre majors with a theatre emphasis are required to register for 4 semester hours of production crew. Musical theatre majors with a dance or music emphasis are required to register for 2 hours of production crew. These semester hours do not reduce the requirements for 3-hour courses necessary for the major.

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Acting and Directing consists of the following requirements: THR114 for two semesters, 314 for two semesters, 160, 161, 162, 164, 230, 231, 232, 268, 337, 360, 365, 369, 370, 372, and 433, one design course from 334, 430 or 461; 460 or 471, 463, 466, 467, 3 hours of advanced theatre electives, 6 hours of art or music, and 6 hours of dance, and 6 additional hours of English. A minor is not required in this degree program.

Major in Theatre, Acting and Directing Emphasis
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Course

Credit

TCCN

THR 114 (2 semesters)

2

DRAM 1120, DRAM 1121

THR 160, 161, 162, 164, 230

15

DRAM 1330, 2331, 1342, 1351, 1341

DNC 126

2

XXX

THR 231, 232, 268

9

DRAM 2336, 1352
ART 163 3 ARTS 1316

Note: Students should use elective and/or minor hours to satisfy the 42 advanced hour requirement.

Major in Theatre – Design and Technology
Bachelor of Fine Arts

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Design and Technology consists of THR 114 for two semesters, 160, 161, 162, 164, 230, 231 or 268, 260, 261 (freshman and sophomore years).  No music is required.

Course

Credit

TCCN

THR 114 (2 semesters)

2

DRAM 1120, 1121

THR 160, 161, 162, 164, 230

15

DRAM 1330, 2331, 1342, 1351, 1341

THR 231, 268

6

DRAM 2336,  1352

ART 163 3 ARTS 1316

Major in Musical Theatre, Theatre Emphasis
Bachelor of Fine Arts

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theatre is available with an emphasis in theatre, music, or dance. The theatre emphasis requires 48 hours of theatre, 16 to 27 hours of dance and 24 hours of music. The dance emphasis requires 30 to 48 hours of dance, 31 hours of theatre, and 24 hours of music. The music emphasis requires 40 hours of music, 31 hours of theatre, and 19 to 27 hours of dance.

Entry into the musical theatre program is by audition only, and those auditions are scheduled toward the end of every semester. Contact the Theatre Program for information.

Course

Credit

TCCN

THR 114 (2 semesters)

2 DRAM 1120, 1121
THR 160, 161, or 162 6 DRAM 1330, 2331, 1342 (Choose 2)

THR 164

3

DRAM 1351

THR 230, 231, 268

2

DRAM 1341, 2336, 1352

DNC 233

  DANC 1241

MUS 161, 111x, 112x, 122, 123, 124, 125

13 MUSI 1301, 1181, 1182, 1211, 1212, 1216, 1217

VOI 101x

8

MUAP 2281

DNC 233

8

DANC 1241

 

* Repeated for credit every semester.

Major in Theatre
Secondary Teaching Certificate
Bachelor of Fine Arts

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with secondary teaching certification requires a minor in another academic area (18-24 hrs.).

Course

Credit

Second Year

THR 114 (2 semesters)

2

DRAM 1120, 1121

THR 160, 161, 162, 164, 230

15

DRAM 1330, 2331, 1342, 1351, 1341

DNC 126

2

XXX

THR 231, 268

6

DRAM 2336, 1352
ART 163 3 ARTS 1316

Theatre Minor. A minor in theatre usually consists of the following courses: 2 courses from 160, 161 or 162; 164, 230, 231, 268, 460 and 466, plus 3 hours of THR 114 or 314.

University Theatre: Auditions for productions are open to all SHSU students. The Theatre operates in conjunction with theatre workshop for which one hour of credit per semester may be received.

 

We recognize direct mappings of Theater course numbers between institutions are not always possible.  Flexibility will be exercised to maximize transfer credit.  Students seeking credit for courses not specifically mapped should contact an SHSU Theater advisor to verify transfer compatibility prior to registration at other institutions.

 

 

The Core Curriculum at Sam Houston State University contains 42 semester credit hours, encompassing six component areas. Each component area has a minimum credit-hour requirement and a set of specific courses that may be used to satisfy the requirement. The chart below details the Sam Houston State University courses and their Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) equivalents that comprise SHSU's core curriculum.  Course requirements to meet the university foreign language component of the Bachelor of Arts degree have been included for convenience. 

Many departments require specific courses from core component areas to meet degree requirements. Selecting departmentally specified core courses to complete university core requirements reduces the total number of hours required to graduate.

Component Area 1 Communication
Common Course # SHSU Course Credit

ENGL 1301

ENGL 1301 3

ENGL 1302

ENGL 1302 3

Component Area 2 Mathematics
Common Course # SHSU Course Credit

MATH 1332 or 2312

or 2413 or 1316 or 1324
MATH 1332 (MTH 164) or MATH 1314 (MTH 170) or MATH 1420 (MTH 142) or MATH 1316 (MTH 163) or MATH 1324 (MTH199) 3

MATH 1350 & MATH 1351

(both required)   
MATH 1385 (MTH 184) & MATH 1385 (MTH 185) 6

Credit for MATH 1385 (MTH 184) & MATH 1385 (MTH 185) is applicable only towards elementary/middle school certification.

Updated Jan 20 2012
Component Area 3 Natural Science
Common Course # SHSU Course Credit

Select two courses with Labs

 
8

BIOL 1308 & 1108

BIOL 1308 & 1108

 

BIOL 2306 & 2106 or 2406

BIOL 1301 & 1101

 

BIOL 1311 & 1111

BIOL 1311 & 1111

 

BIOL 1313 & 1113

BIOL 1313 & 1113

 

BIOL 2401

BIOL 2401

 

CHEM 1305 & 1105

CHEM 1306 & 1106

 

CHEM 1307 & 1107

CHEM 1307 & 1107

 

CHEM 1311 & 1111

CHEM 1311 & 1111

 

CHEM 1312 & 1112

CHEM 1312 & 1112

 
GEOL 1305 & 1105

GEOL 1305 & 1105

 

GEOL 1303 & 1103

GEOL 1303 & 1103

 

GEOL 1304 & 1104

GEOL 1304 & 1104

 

GEOG 1301

GEOG 1301 & Lab 1101
(lab required @ SHSU)
 

PHYS 1311 & 1111

PHYS 1311 & 1111

 

PHYS 1312 & 1112

PHYS 1312 & 1112 - subject to THECB approval

 

PHYS 1305 & 1105

PHYS 1305 & 1105

 

PHYS 1301 & 1101

PHYS 1301 & 1101

 

PHYS 1302 & 1102

PHYS 1302 & 1102

 
PHYS 2425 PHYS 1411  

Component Area 4 Humanities & Visual & Performing Arts
Common Course # SHSU Course Credit
Select 3 hrs from visual and performing arts:  
9

ARTS 1301

AGRI 2399

 

ARTS 1301

ARTS 1301

 

ARTS 1311

ARTS 1311

 

ARTS 1316

ARTS 1316

 

ARTS 1303

ARTS 1303

 

DANC 2303

DANC 1372

 

DANC 1301

DANC 1301

 

MUSI 1308

MUSI 2348

 

MUSI 1301

MUSI 1301

 

MUSI 1310

MUSI 2364

 

MUSI 1306

MUSI 1306

 

DRAM 1330

THEA 1330

 

DRAM 1351

THEA 1364

 

DRAM 1310

THEA 1366

 

DRAM 1341

THEA 2330

 

DRAM 2336

THEA 2336

 
Select 3 hours from Literature or Philosophy:    

ENGL 2331 or 2332

ENGL 2331

 

ENGL 2342

ENGL 2342

 

PHIL 1301

PHIL 2361

 

PHIL 2306

PHIL 2306

 
Select 3 hours from Cultural Studies:    

NO TCCN

BESL 2301

 

FREN, GERM, SPAN 2311/2312 (Sign and other languages may be substituted)

FOLG 2312- FREN, GERM, SPAN 2312

 

GEOG 1303

GEOG 2355

 

GEOG 1303

GEOG 2356

 

HIST 2311

HIST 2311

 

HIST 2312

HIST 2312

 

SOCI 2319

SOCI 2319

 

Component Area 5 Social and Behavioral Sciences
Common Course # SHSU Course   Credit
      15
      3

HIST 1301

HIST 1301

3
 

HIST 1302

HIST 1302

3

GOVT 2301 or 2306

POLS 2301

3
 

GOVT 2302 or 2305

POLS 2302

3
     
Select 3 hours from:      

SOCI 1301

AGRI 2360

3
 

ECON 1301

ECON 2300

 

ECON 2302

ECON 2302

 

ECON 2301

ECON 2301

 

GEOG 1300

GEOG 1321

 

PHIL 2303

PHIL 2303

 

PSYC 2301

PSYC 1301

 

PSYC 2315

PSYC 2315

 

SOCI 1301

SOCI 1301

 

SOCI 1306

SOCI 1306

 

NO TCCN Local Political Systems

POLS 2331

   

NO TCCN State Political Systems

POLS 2332

   

NO TCCN Politics of Ethnic Minorities and Gender

POLS 2335

   

NO TCCN Comparative Survey of World Political Systems

POLS 2365

   

NO TCCN Introduction to Public Administration

POLS 2366

 

NO TCCN American Foreign Policy

POLS 2381

   

Component Area 6 Institutionally Designated Option
Common Course # SHSU Course Credit

Select 1 hour from:

 
PHED 1164 KIN 215

B.A. Foreign Language Component

 

language 1411

FOLG 1411
language 1412 FOLG 1412
language 2311 FOLG 2311
language 2312 FOLG 2312

Degrees require a minimum of 120 hours with 42 advanced hours (3000-level and 4000-level courses).  Some degrees require additional hours.  All students are required to complete at least six writing-enhanced courses accumulating a minimum of 18 semester hours towards degree completion.  Six of the hours must come from the student’s major field of study.  SHSU students MUST complete ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302, Core Composite Area 2, and one-half of Composite Area 3 prior to enrollment in any upper-level class.  In general, the Bachelor of Arts degree requires 8 hours of lab science and the Bachelor of Science degree requires 16 hours of lab science.  Applicants for the Bachelor of Arts degree should consult their major department web page for foreign language requirements.  Many colleges and programs have additional prerequisites for upper-level classes.

Prior to enrolling in core classes, students are encouraged to review specific degree requirements for their major.  Selection of major-specified core courses may reduce the total number of hours required for graduation.

Students are encouraged to select the university catalog offering them the most advantages with respect to degree completion.  The respective university and/or college catalog selected for graduation determines final degree requirements.

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