The Department of Theatre and Dance is a nationally recognized program offering exceptional pre-professional training in a liberal arts setting. As a student, you’ll have opportunities to study abroad, take workshops with internationally renowned guest artists and industry professionals, and get involved in projects that have a real-world impact.

Bachelor's Degrees

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Acting

Bachelor of Fine Arts (85 Credits)

The bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in acting will prepare you for a professional career as a working actor. Your training will consist of concentrated study in acting voice, and movement along with a strong foundation in the liberal arts. Learn more.

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Dance - BFA

Bachelor of Fine Arts (85 Credits)

A bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in dance will prepare you for a career in performance, choreography, or studio teaching, or for advanced training in a quality graduate school or conservatory. It combines concentrated study in dance technique with courses in theatre and several other areas. In addition to technique and performance skills, this program develops an understanding of historical, social, and intellectual aspects of the art of dance. Learn more.

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Musical Theatre

Bachelor of Fine Arts (85 Credits)

The bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in musical theatre provides a strong foundation of interdisciplinary course work in dance, vocal instruction, and acting. Curriculum and performance opportunities will prepare you for a career in musical theatre or advanced training at the graduate level. Learn more.

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Dance - BA/BS

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science (50 Credits)

A bachelor of arts/bachelor of science (BA/BS) in dance will prepare you to grow in your knowledge of dance while pursuing a variety of other subjects within a competitive liberal arts environment. Graduates can pursue a variety of careers including studio ownership, dance therapy, choreography, and health professionals. Learn more.

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Design and Technology

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science (64 Credits)

A bachelor of arts or bachelor of science (BA/BS) in design and technology provides a strong foundation in design or technical theatre for advanced study in a quality graduate program or a career in scenic, lighting, costume, sounds, properties, or make-up design. Learn more.

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Directing and Stage Management

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science (62 Credits)

A bachelor of arts or bachelor of science (BA/BS) in directing and stage management will prepare you for a professional career in directing, stage management, or admission to a production-oriented master’s degree program. Students learn to collaborate with other creative artists and develop a wide range of artistic and managerial skills. Learn more.

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Theatre Education

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science (37-38 Credits)

The bachelor of arts or bachelor of science (BA/BS) in Theatre Education will help you earn a secondary education teacher’s license. It provides a broad foundation in performance, theatre design and technology, and theatre history to prepare you for all areas of a high school drama curriculum and production program. Learn more.

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Theatrical Studies

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (58 credits)

A bachelor of arts or bachelor of science (BA/BS) in theatrical studies offers a broad-based study of the theatre discipline if you want to pursue a career in playwriting, management, or theatre history/criticism or graduate study at the master’s or doctoral degree levels. Learn more.

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Theatre

20-21 Credits

A minor in theatre will let you explore your passion while studying a major in another department or school. You’ll learn from the same dedicated, nationally recognized faculty who teach our major programs all while choosing electives tailored to your interests. Learn more.

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Technical Theatre

20-21 Credits

A minor in technical theatre is for you if you want learn about what goes on off-stage during productions. You can study scenery, costume, lighting, sound, stage management, and more. Learn more.