Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

BA Theatre Arts Program

The BA in Theatre Arts prepares multifaceted, entrepreneurial theatre artists for sustainable careers in theatre arts communities. This program is an interdisciplinary course of study allowing a broad range of explorations in theatre as an artistic, scholarly and culturally diverse discipline. BAs are prepared to meet the intellectual and aesthetic challenges in today's theatre as future artists and arts leaders, whose expertise spans more than one theatre discipline.

This degree is flexible. Each BA Theatre Arts student tailors a unique course of study, focusing on developing their skills and voice as an artist and taking advantage of the depth of coursework available at Illinois Wesleyan both within the School of Theatre Arts and across the university. 

The program is designed for those who:

  • Have multiple areas of interest in theatre.
  • Aspire to professional careers in artistic leadership, theatre scholarship, applied theatre, educational theatre or other disciplines requiring a broad understanding of theatre arts and theatre's role in society. Students build skills in these areas across Illinois Wesleyan’s curriculum, supplementing their theatre courses with coursework, minors or second majors in areas such as Business, Education or English.
  • Plan to double major in Theatre Arts and a second area.
  • Plan to teach at the high school level. In Illinois, students are required to declare a major in another area and to satisfy certification requirements in education. The student's teaching certificate lists theatre as a secondary area of expertise.

Major Sequence in Theatre Arts:

A minimum of 10 course units in theatre arts to include:

A. THEA 105Y and/or THEA 106Y (12 enrollments)

B. THEA 110, 112, 141, 188, 220, 241, 355, 371, 372, 441

C. One of the following: THEA 291, 221, 288

Minor Sequence in Theatre Arts:

A minimum of seven course units to include:

1. THEA 102

2. THEA 241

3. THEA 220

4. One of the following: THEA 110 or THEA 112

5. Six enrollments in: THEA 105Y and 106Y

6. Three electives in Theatre Arts, two of which must be at the upper level

Students interested in declaring a minor in Theatre Arts must arrange an appointment with the Director of the School of Theatre Arts at their earliest convenience.

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