Dec 03, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre Major, B.A. (Musical Theatre Concentration)

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Department Information

Department of Theatre and Dance
PO 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 concentrations in Acting, Design/Production, and  Musical Theatre. 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 Requirements 42 credits
     (Major Core)    (20 credits)
     (Concentration)    (19 credits)
     (Advisor Approved Electives)    (3 credits)
Dance Minor 21 credits
Free Electives 15-16 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: THEA-BA (MSTH)  

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

  • Completion of a foreign language course numbered 2020 or above with a grade of C- or better. Based on a placement test, students may be required to take courses numbered 1010, 1020 and/or 2010 also.
  • 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.

Musical Theatre Concentration Requirements: 19 credits

Advisor Approved Electives: 3 credits

  • Any course with a THEA prefix (approved by the Theatre and Dance department chair) not taken to fulfill other major requirements. Other courses may apply with advisor approval. 

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

Dance Minor: 21 credits

The Dance Minor  is required for the Musical Theatre Concentration.

Free Electives: 15-16 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.

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.

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 

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