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