May 26, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre Major, B.A.

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Department Information

Department of Theatre and Dance

P.O. Box 70626
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: (423) 439-6524
Web Address:

The Department of Theatre and Dance seeks to enhance the cultural environment by creating performances that educate and entertain our students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. The Department produces multiple main-stage productions plus student-directed showcase productions on a yearly basis.
Course offerings include performance courses in acting and dance, as well as production-oriented courses focusing on directing, stagecraft and design. Through a combination of course work and hands-on experiences the Department of Theatre and Dance prepares students to work successfully in all aspects of professional theatre, film, television, or other areas of the entertainment industry. Many of our students choose to go on to pursue advanced study in graduate or professional training programs.

Prior to graduation, students must complete a Major Field Test in addition to the standard University exit examination.


Students with 0-59 earned credits:

Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Visit the CASE website and call (423) 439-5602.

Students with 60 or more earned credits:

Contact your faculty advisor for advising.  If you have trouble reaching your faculty advisor or are unsure who your advisor is, please call the Department of Theatre and Dance at (423) 439-6524 or Karen Brewster, Department Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance at (423) 439-5827.

Transfer Students

Transfer students majoring in Theatre should contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.

For general information about the department or courses, contact Karen Brewster, Chair at or (423) 439-5827.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 36 credits
     Major Courses    (25 credits)
     Advisor-Approved Electives    (11 credits)
Minor 18-24 credits
Free Electives 18-25 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: THEA-BA  

College of Arts and Sciences : Visit link to view the complete list of B.A. degree requirements.

  • Foreign Language course 2020 or higher with C- or better
  • Non-U.S. History (3 credits)
  • MATH 1530  or MATH 1910  

General Education Requirements   

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Total Requirements for Theatre Major: 36 credits

Advisor Approved Electives: 11 credits

  • Any course with a THEA or DANC prefix (approved by the Theatre and Dance department chair) not taken to fulfill other major requirements.

Note: THEA 1030  does not count toward the Theatre major requirements.

Minor: 18-24 credits

Free Electives: 18-25 credits

Additional Information

Click here to view the Theatre and Dance Student Handbook.

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency Exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements.

Licensure Certification: Students interested in pursuing a teacher licensure program for certification should contact the advisor in the Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall, College of Education. Students will major in the subject they wish to teach and minor in Secondary Education .

Theatre, Grades 7-12 Secondary Theatre Education Content Area  

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