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University of Pittsburgh    
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
  May 26, 2024
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Theatre Arts, BA

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The Department of Theatre Arts offers training in both the practical and academic aspects of theatre. Undergraduates may specialize in acting, directing, design and technical theatre, theatre history and criticism, or any combination of these areas. While the department is not a professional school, the presence of strong graduate programs creates the atmosphere of professional training. Instead of the protected environment of a conservatory, undergraduate theatre training at Pitt takes place within the context of the liberal-arts experience at a large, urban university. The department recommends that students declare this major as early as possible. For more information, please contact the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies.

This major requires 42 credits of course work as follows.

Design/Technical courses

Playwriting, History, and Criticism

Elective course

Students must take one course selected from offerings in Performance, Design / Tech, or Playwriting / History / Criticism. Directed study (THEA 1480  - THEA 1485 ) and independent study (THEA 1900  - THEA 1901 ) courses cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

In addition, theatre arts majors should adhere to these rules and requirements.

  • Students are encouraged to declare this major early and register with the departmental advisor.
  • Majors must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in all theatre arts courses.
  • Students must check with the program advisor to determine the appropriateness of using the Satisfactory/No Credit (S/NC) grade option in departmental courses. No more than two courses in the major may be taken on an S/NC basis.
  • A minimum of 12 credits is required in a related area. Any area that corresponds with the student’s interests is appropriate, but Studio Arts is strongly suggested. Also recommended are: Anthropology; Africana Studies; Classics; English; History of Art and Architecture; a second language; History; Music; Philosophy; Psychology; Sociology; and Communication and Rhetoric.

For more information on the major and the Department of Theatre Arts, visit their Web site.



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