Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Theatre

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum (minimum of 39 credits):

TRDA 1214Beginning Acting
TRDA 1240Performance Theory and Criticism
TRDA 1330Basics of Production Design
TRDA 2339Theatre Practicum (taken six times for a total of 6 credits) *
TRDA 3131WPerformance, Identity, and Social Change
TRDA 3240Introduction to Dramaturgy
TRDA 3245History of the Theatre I
or TRDA 3245W History of the Theatre I
TRDA 3246History of the Theatre II
or TRDA 3246W History of the Theatre II
TRDA 4275Directing for the Theatre
3 credits in design/technical theatre courses selected from the following:
TRDA 3331Introduction to Lighting
TRDA 3332Theatrical Makeup Design
TRDA 3333Stage Management
TRDA 3334Introduction to Audio Design
TRDA 3335Introduction to Scene Design
TRDA 3336Introduction to Costuming
TRDA 4338Scene Painting
6 additional credits in the department selected from the following in consultation with the advisor:
TRDA 2215Intermediate Acting
TRDA 2240Play Analysis
TRDA 2250Dramatic Writing
or ENGL 2250 Dramatic Writing
TRDA 3222Topics in Advanced Acting
TRDA 4595Selected Topics
TRDA 4596Independent Study
TRDA 4598Internship
TRDA 4597Senior Project
or TRDA 4599 Honors Thesis

*The first three enrollments in TRDA 2339, totaling 3 credits, must be in production design.

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors in Theatre, candidates must have a grade-point average of 3.4 in the major and complete TRDA 4599 Honors Thesis with a grade of A. They must consult with a faculty advisor at the beginning of the second semester of the junior year to determine eligibility, area of study, and the director of the research or creative project.