Theatre Major B.A.

Theater professor teaching a class
Theatre Major B.A.

What is theatre?

Whether you live for the stage, have a love of costumery or see yourself running things behind the scenes, a theatre degree will allow you to engage with your passion for the performing arts. In this general degree program, you’ll study performance, theatre history, and the elements of design and theatre technology. The program was designed with a lighter credit load, allowing you to combine your studies with another degree.

Why study theatre at UNH?

In addition to our award-winning faculty, the UNH Department of Theatre and Dance offers more than 25 performance opportunities every year in musicals, plays or dance concerts, including student productions. You’ll enjoy opportunities for independent study and you’ll be eligible to apply for R.E.A.C.H., financial assistance provided to students who participate in internships with professional theatre or dance organizations. Our Cultural Stages program brings acclaimed playwrights, choreographers and other theatre artists from around the world to UNH. Our January Term study-abroad program offers a 10-day experience of London theatre with insights into politics and society.

Potential careers

  • Actor
  • Arts organization director
  • Company manager
  • Director
  • Marketing professional
  • Theatre director
  • Youth programmer


Department of Theater and Dance
Paul Creative Arts Center
University of New Hampshire
30 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2919
Fax: (603) 862-0298

Curriculum & Requirements

The general theatre major provides a well-rounded course of study which encourages inquisitive students who have a wide range of theatre/dance interests to tailor a program that will challenge but also broaden their intellectual horizons. Its lower required credit load also makes it ideally suited to students who want to combine their theatre studies with another major, such as business administration, international studies, or social work. Contact David Richman, Paul Creative Arts Center, (603) 862-2218,

In the freshman and sophomore years, students should enroll for at least two major and two Discovery courses per semester. The minimum grade requirement for major courses is C- per course. Any grade lower than C- will not count toward the major. Under department policy, students who complete both COMM 401 American Sign Language I and COMM 502 American Sign Language II satisfy the bachelor of arts language proficiency requirement. All majors must take courses in the following areas: performance, design/theatre technology, and theory/history as well as fulfill between four and eight practicums and complete a capstone course. Although timing will vary with each option, it is strongly suggested that all introductory courses be taken prior to the end of the student's sophomore year.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Theatre department majors may use one major-required course to satisfy one Discovery category requirement.

All UNH B.A. degrees require a minimum of 128 credit hours.

Required Courses
THDA 436History of Theatre I4
or THDA 438 History of Theatre II
THDA 459Stagecraft4
THDA 460Elements of Design4
THDA 462Ballet I4
or THDA 463 Theatre Dance I
THDA 551Acting I4
THDA 589Practicum (A - D) 14-8
THDA 798Senior Thesis2
or THDA 799 Capstone Project
Select 4 credits of the following:4
History of Theatre I
History of Theatre II
What's Old Becomes New: Threading Theatrical Themes into Societal Truths
Famous Dancers of the 20th Century
History of Musical Theatre in America
Creative Drama
Art and Theatre Administration
Interpretation of Shakespeare in Theatre
American Theatre: 1920-1970
Play Reading
Arts Integration
Methods of Teaching Theatre
Select 4 credits of the following:4
Costume Construction
Stage Makeup
Costume Design for the Theatre
Stage Properties
Stage Lighting Design and Execution
Introduction to Puppetry
Stage Management
Scene Painting for the Theatre
Rendering for the Theatre
Scene Design
Advanced Puppetry
Select 4 credits of the following:4
Ballet I
Theatre Dance I
Movement and Vocal Production
Storytelling, Story Theatre, and Involvement Dramatics
The London Experience
Acting II
Musical Theatre I
Special Topics
Theatre for Young Audiences
Musical Theatre Scene Study
Advanced Musical Theatre
Acting III
Elective 600-799 Level Courses 28
Total Credits46-50