The course requirements for students pursuing a Theatre Arts option are designed with the intention of allowing students and their faculty advisers to devise a program most suited to the student's specific needs and objectives.

B.A. in Theatre Arts - Degree Plan

B.S. in Theatre Arts - Degree Plan


Oregon State University students successfully completing an undergraduate degree with a Theatre Arts option will:

  • Implement and coordinate collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and organizational skills in the theatrical process in theory and practice.
  • Contribute artistically as a participant in departmental productions.
  • Evaluate the multi-faceted nature of the production process demonstrate comprehension of the variety of artistry and skills that contribute to a finished theatrical presentation.
  • Analyze and critique the social significance and cultural resonances of theatrical endeavor as reflected in theatre history and dramatic literature.
  • Illustrate preparation for further professional/academic training through theatre production and scholarship.

Program Tabs


All theatre majors and minors must at some time in their undergraduate training:

1. Serve on a running crew for a Main Stage production.
2. Hold a position of high responsibility on a faculty-supervised production (such as assistant director, stage manager, or props manager).
3. Participate in a major or minor role in a Main Stage or Lab Theatre production.

Undergraduate Electives: 

A minimum of 24 hours of elective courses are required by the University for graduation. At least half of the elective hours must be in courses from outside of the Department of Speech Communication.

Departmental Electives (may apply toward university required electives but not TA option requirements.)
TA 250 Theatre Workshop (production and Faculty Supervisor)
TA 350 Workshop Communication Area Elective
More workshop credits can be taken, but only 12 credits can be counted toward graduation.

Electives Outside the Theatre Department
Some recommendations

ENG 105 Introduction to Lit. Drama (3 credits)
ENG 201, 202, 203 Shakespeare (3 credits per class)
ENG 320 American Drama (3 credits)
ENG 411 - 413 Development of Drama (3 credits per class)
ENG 414 - 416 Literary Criticism (3 credits per class)
ENG 436 - 438 Advanced Shakespeare (3 credits per class)
ENG 442 Yeats and Irish Drama (3 credits)
AIHM 225 - 227 Apparel Construction (3 credits per class)
AIHM 250 Fundamentals of Textiles (3 credits per class)
AIHM 270 Fashion & Society (3 credits)
AIHM 319, 320 Comp. Assisted Design & Drafting (3 credits)
AIHM 321 Fashion Illustration & Design (3 credits)
AIHM 327 Flat Pattern Design (4 credits)
AIHM 360 Twentieth Century Fashion (3 credits)
AIHM 427 Draping (4 credits)
AIHM 429 Adv. Problems in Apparel Deign (3 credits)
AIHM 461, 462 History of the Near Environment (4 credits per class)
MUS 185 Voice Class (1 credit)
MUS 169, 369 Opera Workshop (1 credit)
ART 131 Drawing (4 credits)
ART 204 - 206 Introduction to Western Art History (3 credits per class)
ART 222 Graphic Design (3 credits)
ART 360 - 366 History of Art (3 credits per class)
ART 367 History of Design (3 credits)

All theatre students should also be aware of courses in other departments with particular relevance to the study of theatre. Opportunities exist as well to satisfy Baccalaureate Core Requirements or College of Liberal Arts Core Requirements with classes pertinent to the study of theatre.