Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog Program: Theatre, B.S. (E, L) Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Theatre, B.S. (E, L)

The Department of Theatre and Cinema offers liberal arts and pre-professional studies culminating in majors in one of two degrees (BA or BS) and minors in Theatre (a General Theatre Minor and a Theatre Performance Minor or a Theatre Production Minor) and a Cinematic Arts Minor. Students of theatre receive instruction that is rich in diverse perspectives and cross-disciplinary experiences. The department and students are supported by a strong production program which makes significant contributions to the cultural life of the university and community.  Students are immersed in a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum emphasizing the study and practice of performance, directing, design/technical theatre, history and cinematic arts as well as preparing graduates to pursue a professional career in theatre or study at the post-baccalaureate level. The program provides a challenging variety of performance opportunities in classical, contemporary, musical and theatre for young audience productions. The Theatre Program is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and participation in department productions is open to all students enrolled in Radford University.

REAL Curriculum

This major fulfills the E and L areas of the REAL Curriculum. Students need majors and/or minors to fulfill the R and A areas to complete the REAL Curriculum requirements. Students explore humanistic or artistic expression through inquiry or creativity and critically evaluate, synthesize, or create forms of human expression or inquiry through the Theatre and Cinema program. Students apply knowledge and skills acquired through a variety of courses aimed towards the mastery of essential skills in performance, directorial and design analysis/processes and production practices.

REAL Foundational Requirements

Foundational Writing (3 credits)

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
ENGL 111 - Principles of College Composition (GE)

Foundational Math (3 credits)

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
MATH 100 - Quantitative Reasoning (GE)
MATH 121 - Math Content for Teachers I (GE)
MATH 125 - Precalculus I (GE)

REAL Cornerstone Requirements

Writing Intensive (WI) Courses (6 credits)

Writing Intensive courses are denoted below with a (WI). Two writing intensive courses are required to graduate, with at least one at the 300- or 400-level. The Theatre major includes 6 credits of writing intensive courses.

General Education Requirements

General Education courses will be denoted below with a (GE). Students are required to take at least 30 credit hours of general education designated courses within their degree requirements. The Theatre major includes 3-9 general education credits.

Major Requirements (50-54 credits)

B.S. Degree (8-9 credits)

Students seeking a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program must complete 8-9 semester hours in the following areas:

CVPA Historical or analytical course chosen from: 3 credits

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
ART 215 - Art History Survey: Prehistory to Gothic (GE)
ART 216 - Art History Survey: Renaissance to Contemporary (GE)
DNCE 480 - History and Philosophy of Dance (TH)
DNCE 481 - History and Philosophy of Dance (TH) (WI)
MUSC 100 - Introduction to Music Literature (GE)
MUSC 111 - Theory I (GE)
MUSC 121 - The Art of Music (GE)
MUSC 123 - The Art of Jazz (GE)
MUSH 321 - History of Western Art Music I
MUSH 322 - History of Western Art Music II

Non-CVPA Analytical course chosen from: 3 credits

 Choose from:

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
CLSS 110 - Classical Mythology (GE)
CLSS 210 - Greek Literature in Translation
ENGL 200 - Literary Texts and Contexts (GE)
ENGL 323 - The Study of Drama
ENGL 472 - Readings in Shakespeare (WI)
ITEC 100 - Introduction to Information Technology (GE)
PHIL 111 - Introduction to Philosophy (GE)
PHIL 112 - Introduction: Ethics and Society (GE)
STAT 200 - Introduction to Statistics (GE)
WGST 200 - Women in the World: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (GE)

CVPA Laboratory/performance course chosen from: 2-3 credits

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
ARTS 204 - Sculpture I (3-D)
ARTS 111 - Drawing I
ARTS 251 - Ceramics I
ARTS 231 - Watercolor I
ARTS 261 - Photography I
ARTG 280 - Introduction to Graphic Design (GE)
ARTS 241 - Jewelry and Metalworking
ARTS 262 - Digital Photography I
ARTS 362 - Photography II
DNCE 105 - Beginning Ballet (TQ) (GE)
DNCE 120 - Dance Improvisation (TQ)
DNCE 131 - Beginning Contemporary Dance (TQ) (GE)
DNCE 180 - Jazz Dance (TQ) (GE) (or higher)
MUSC 311 - Chorus
MUSC 312 - Chorale
MUSC 257 - Singing for the Stage
MUSC 367 - Guitar Class (GE)
MUSC 455 - Madrigal Singers
MUSC 456 - Radford Singers
MUSC 457 - Opera Workshop

Required Courses (33-36 credits)

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
THEA 201 - Theatre Aesthetics (GE)
THEA 227 - Acting I
THEA 231 - Stagecraft
THEA 232 - Theatrical Lighting and Sound
THEA 236 - Makeup I
THEA 260 - Theatre Participation I (taken twice for a total of two credit hours)
THEA 330 - Theatre Design I
THEA 350 - Directing I


THEA 360 - Theatre Participation II


THEA 476 - Production Practicum (for a total of four credit hours)


THEA 374 - Survey of Drama
THEA 375 - Theatre History I (WI)
THEA 376 - Theatre History II (WI)

Theatre Electives (9 credits)

All majors are required to complete nine additional semester hours of courses from the following:

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
THEA 180 - Introduction to World Cinema (GE)
THEA 297 - Voice and Movement
THEA 300 - Sound Design for the Arts
THEA 328 - Acting II: Improvisation Techniques
THEA 333 - Theatre Design II
THEA 334 - Theatre Design III
THEA 336 - Makeup II
THEA 340 - Scene Painting
THEA 370 - Dramatic Writing
THEA 381 - Foundations of Cinematic Aesthetics
THEA 382 - Genre Study: Horror
THEA 383 - Genre Study: Science Fiction
THEA 410 - Voice and Speech
THEA 423 - Acting III: Shakespeare
THEA 425 - Acting IV: Scene Study
THEA 428 - Auditioning
THEA 430 - Theatre Design IV
THEA 440 - Porterfield Ensemble
THEA 450 - Directing II
THEA 475 - Topics in Theatre
THEA 476 - Production Practicum
THEA 478 - Internship in Theatrical Production
THEA 480 - Film Theory and Criticism
THEA 482 - Documentary/Nonfiction Film
THEA 498 - Independent Study

Additional Degree Requirements

Student must be enrolled EACH semester in ONE of the following production courses: THEA 231, THEA 232, THEA 260, THEA 360 or THEA 476.

Theatre majors must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in department courses for graduation.

Theatre majors must complete all production assignments (a minimum of one per semester) and attend regular periodic reviews in order to remain in good standing as a major.

Open Credit Hours (66-70 credits)

These credits can be used to fulfill additional courses, majors, minors, and/or REAL Curriculum requirements, including Foundational Writing and Foundational Math.

Total Credits Needed for Degree (120)

Additional Information

To be accepted as a Theatre major, applicants must complete an entry interview.

Performance students are required to audition for all departmental productions.

Students on academic probation at the beginning of a semester will not be cast or hold a major design, management or crew position beyond registered class requirements during that semester. Performance students are still required to audition.

The department requires all theatre majors to receive written permission from the department chair prior to auditioning, interviewing or accepting a role or position in any production or project outside of the department during the fall and spring semesters.

Theatre majors are required to attend monthly departmental meetings held the first Monday of each month.