Univ of Southern California
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Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts with a major or minor in theatre is a comprehensive theatre degree offered in cooperation with the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Candidates for the degree must complete the university general education requirements in addition to the courses in the major prescribed by the School of Theatre. A total of 128 units is required for completion of the degree.

General Education Requirements

The university’s general education program provides a coherent, integrated introduction to the breadth of knowledge you will need to consider yourself (and to be considered by other people) a generally well-educated person. This program requires six courses in different categories, plus writing, foreign language and diversity requirements, which together comprise the USC Core. See here and here for more information.

School Majors

Students who choose the school major are required to complete a minimum of 52 units in theatre as specified:

Required courses Units
THTR 101Introduction to Acting4
THTR 125Text Studies for Production4
THTR 130Introduction to Theatrical Production4
THTR 210Theory and Practice of World Theatre I4
THTR 211Theory and Practice of World Theatre II4
THTR 212Theory and Practice of World Theatre III4
THTR 305aDirecting4

One course (3 units) from:
THTR 230Communicating Theatrical Design Concepts3
THTR 231aCostume Construction3
THTR 232Stage Lighting3
THTR 335Scenic Construction3

One course (4 units) from:
THTR 300Introduction to Modern Drama4
THTR 301Greek and Roman Theatre4
THTR 302Shakespeare in His World4
THTR 313Comedy of Manners4
THTR 314Advanced Topics in Modern Drama4
THTR 395Drama as Human Relations4
THTR 396God, Drama and Entertainment4
THTR 403The Performing Arts4
THTR 404Acting Theory4
THTR 405Performing Identities4
THTR 406Theatre on the Edge4
THTR 476African American Theatre, Dance and Performance4

Required upper division theatre electives: 17
Total required theatre units: 52