Bachelor of Science in Theatre at GVSU

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Theatre

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The major in theatre prepares students for careers that require skills in communications, creativity, and problem-solving, or for careers in the entertainment industry. It provides professional orientation and background within a broad liberal arts framework. Students may use the major as a preparation for graduate or professional work; the required courses provide basic training in essential theatre areas, and students planning to pursue more advanced work should take well-chosen electives in areas designed to increase specific skills.

All majors are required to participate in productions sponsored by the School of Communications; academic credit is given for all such involvement. Also, students may pursue internships with professional theatres, locally, regionally or nationally, as managers, publicists, technicians, and production assistants.

Versatility in a number of areas is the single most important factor in obtaining work. Grand Valley theatre students have successfully completed programs in graduate schools and professional conservatories. They have found work in schools and recreation departments, repertory theatre companies, modern dance companies, and arts organizations as performers, technicians, teachers, designers, directors, and administrators. The combination of critical and problem-solving communications skills with the self-confidence and responsibility coming from performance experience provides excellent training for many non-entertainment fields. A complete list of placement and careers of recent theatre graduates is available upon request.

Requirements for a Major in Theatre

School of Communications Core Credits: 9

All students majoring in the School of Communications must complete the following core courses, for a total of nine credits:

Select one of two:

Capstone Requirement:

All students majoring in the School of Communications must take COM 495 (three credits) during their senior year. This Capstone course offers a synthesis of ideas and theories about one or more current critical issues in communication.

B.A. and B.S. Cognates

All undergraduate programs in the School of Communications offer both the B.A. degree and the B.S. degree. All students selecting majors in the School of Communications must choose either the B.A. cognate or the B.S. cognate that is intended for a particular undergraduate program.

B.A. Cognate

The B.A. degree requires a third-semester proficiency in a foreign language of the students choice.

The B.S. cognate for the Theatre Program is:

Theatre Core Credits: 33

Two of the following

Electives Credits: 9-11

Capstone Credits: 3

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Theatre

A general theatre curriculum (check specific major requirements with your advisor) working toward a B.S. or B.A. degree.

Freshman Year

General Education Foundations* - ENG 212 and Historical Perspectives

*CTH 161 fulfills the general education Foundations Arts category and is required for the theatre major.

Sophomore Year

General Education Foundations* - Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences. Begin foreign language sequence or B.S. Cognate.

*CTH 161 fulfills the general education Foundations Arts category and is required for the theatre major.

Junior and Senior Year

General Education Foundations* - Life Sciences and Social Sciences, general education World Perspectives and U.S. Diversity, general education Themes.

*CTH 161 fulfills the general education Foundations Arts category and is required for the theatre major.

Theatre majors should register for either COM 498 Senior Project or CTH 490 Internship during their senior year.