Theatre Major

Make Theatre, Create Community

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at

Major Requirements

The Theatre Arts and Performance Studies major requires 42-44 units of study. Students may concentrate, in their Upper-Division Electives, on performance or design. Students are required to participate in general auditions annually.

Lower Division
THEA 111Theatre and Society3
THEA 116Theatre Practicum I1-3
THEA 117Theatre Practicum - Production Run Crew1
THEA 205Technical Theatre with Lab4
THEA 220Fundamentals of Theatrical Design3
THEA 230Acting I3
Upper Division
THEA 316Theatre Practicum - Costume Construction1
THEA 317Theatre Practicum - Stage Craft1
THEA 360WTheatre History3
THEA 370Performance Studies3
THEA 375CTheatre and Community3
THEA 496Senior Project in Theatre1-3
Take one course (three units) from the following:3
ENGL 280Introduction to Shakespeare 1
ENGL 324Renaissance Drama
ENGL 334Restoration and 18th Century Drama
ENGL 362Modern And Contemporary Drama
THEA 369Contemporary Theatre
Take one course (three units) from the following:3
THEA 320Scenic Design
THEA 330Costume Design
THEA 455Stage Management
Take three courses (9 units) from the following:9
THEA 302Acting II
THEA 303Costume Construction
THEA 320Scenic Design
THEA 330Costume Design
THEA 340Voice and Speech
THEA 350Movement for Actors
THEA 365WPlaywriting
THEA 385Acting for the Musical Theatre
THEA 435Acting III
THEA 445Producing and Directing
THEA 455Stage Management
THEA 494Special Topics in Theatre

Students selecting this lower-division course may need to take additional units in order to satisfy the USD requirement for a minimum of 24 upper-division units within the major.

Core Curriculum

Theatre arts core courses that satisfy the core curriculum fine arts requirement are as follows:

THEA 111Theatre and Society3
THEA 220Fundamentals of Theatrical Design3
THEA 230Acting I3

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