Theatre Degree Programs
BFA - BA - BSE - Minor
Emporia State University offers three different theatre degrees, and a theatre minor.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Theatre provides the most comprehensive theatre training available at ESU. Majors are required to audition for productions and contribute to all productions, either in the cast or on a crew. Normally, students are enrolled in TH 272 or TH 472 for each production on which they work. To be eligible for production assignments, students must meet academic eligibility standards as established by the department. General education requirements are required of all Liberal Arts & Sciences majors (non-teaching) and are printed in the ESU undergraduate catalogue. This is our most popular degree program. It is designed for students who want to prepare themselves for professional careers in theatre or who wish to pursue graduate training.
Bachelor of Arts
The degree Bachelor of Arts with a major in Theatre is a broad, general education experience as well as an introduction to major facets of theatre performance, production, design, history and literature. Majors are required to audition for productions and contribute to all productions, either as cast members or as production crew members; they will normally be enrolled in TH 272 or TH 472 for each production on which they work. To be eligible for production assignments, students must meet academic eligibility standards as established by the department. In addition, the B.A. in theatre is an appropriate degree leading to graduate work in theatre or related fields, such as arts administration, law, public relations, or the ministry. The BA requires students to have a second program of study (15-30 hours), as well as a foreign language requirement.
Bachelor of Science in Education - Speech & Theatre Teaching Field
The BSE with a teaching field in Speech and Theatre is a comprehensive program which prepares both theatre and speech students to teach any subject in theatre or speech (including forensics and debate) in all Kansas high schools. Students must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75, and they should contact their advisor to determine the cumulative GPA requirements on all work taken toward the teaching field. Students who are focused on teaching theatre in high school, often combine the required BSE degree with additional courses or degrees in theatre while studying at ESU.
A minor in Theatre may be taken by students who have majors in other disciplines. Courses in theatre are excellent supplements for students planning careers in education, business, psychology, counseling, public relations, communication, law, and other fields that require the ability to work exceptionally well with other people. The Theatre minor is also an appropriate choice for student in the humanities of fine arts who wish to deepen their understanding of their major fields, as well as science majors who are seeking a breadth of undergraduate experiences. It is also an appropriate choice for students whose program requires a minor, as well as students who are required to have a second program of study under the BA degree.
ESU Theatre classes, productions, and projects are open and available to all ESU students, regardless of major. Many non-theatre majors participate in ESU theatre and are always welcome!