B.A. in Theatre Overview
Theatre helps us share our common humanity through storytelling. An audience laughs at a “knock-knock” joke told by a character in “Macbeth.” People laughing at jokes other people laughed at hundreds of years ago – that shows a common human nature. Theatre reaches out to audience members as individuals and collectively to remind them that we are all human together.
Theatre majors develop skills all employers want — both in and out of show business — such as:
In the Alvernia tradition, theatre students learn the importance of diversity of thought, faiths and cultures. Students are challenged to shape and transform the world as ethical leaders, concerned citizens and caring members of the greater community.
Today’s employers look for recent graduates with the “soft” skills of a strong liberal arts background. Theatre graduates are prepared to work in many fields within the performing arts and beyond. Alvernia theatre graduates are prepared to work as actors, directors, designers and technicians, as well as positions outside show business in human resources, public relations and business.
ll Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, and theatre majors must complete 48 credits in the major.
Students get hands-on experience they can use in or outside the world of theatre through a range of behind-the-scenes, performance-based and theoretical courses.
Theatre majors complete nine core courses. They also complete three courses that focus on Acting/Directing or Design/Technical Theatre. Students take four courses of co-requirements in English, Art and Music. In addition, all Alvernia students complete general studies core courses.
Required courses for theatre majors are:
Related electives, 6 credits. Recommend 1 from art and 1 from music:
English electives, 6 credits. Recommend 2 from:
Choose from one of the two following 9-credit options:Acting/Directing:
Theatre majors are also advised to take 4 credits of THR 134 (Theatre Workshop) as free electives.
Through internships, students have opportunities to apply theories and knowledge learned in the classroom in a variety of professional settings. In addition to providing exposure to the activities and expectations of a real-world workplace, internship experiences help students develop their network of professional contacts.
Alvernia offers loan, grants, scholarships, and payment plans. Our admissions counselors can help you identify the aid that is available to you and for your program. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.
All programs offered by Alvernia University are approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.