A background in theatre, music or art is most helpful but not required to be a successful theatre major. Performance experience can come from a variety of areas including high school theatre and musical performances, church plays, community theatres, etc.

Admission into the Major

Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). Students can declare a major by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama.

Special Opportunities

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers various programs of study leading to the BA degree in theatre. These program areas include acting, musical theatre, theatre management and administration, scene design and technical production, and costume design and production. Please see the principal adviser in each of these areas for entrance requirements and a suggested course of study.

The highly-motivated student who seeks to be well prepared for either the profession or graduate education may choose to take more hours in the major than the specified 36. This plan of action is highly desirable and strongly advised, but is not required. If more than 42 hours are accrued in the major, the student will be exceeding the 120 credit hour requirement for graduation by the number of hours taken over the single subject 42 semester hour limit.

Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in theatre must complete all University, College and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor and other sufficient credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

More InformationHours
Major Courses
TH 141Acting I3
TH 165Musicianship Theatre Perform I3
TH 166Musicianship Theatre Perf II3
TH 220 or Fundamental Stage Scenery3
TH 231 Beginning Costume Construction
TH 291Practicum I1
TH 361 or Beginning Directing3
TH 470 Theatre Management
TH 391Practicum II1
TH 451Hist Of The Theatre I3
TH 452History Of The Theatre II3
TH 465Musical Theatre Performance I3
TH 466Musical Theatre Performance II3
TH 491Practicum III1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 30
Select six hours of TH electives6
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Ancillary Courses
Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in theatre following the musical theatre track requires the successful completion of the following courses outside the major:
DN 210Dance Styles II3
DN 310Dance Styles III3
Select three DN hours 300-400 level chosen from the technique courses3
Select nine DN hours 100-400 level chosen from the technique courses9
Select four hours of the following:4
Freshman Musical Theatre Voice
Sophomore MTVoice
Junior Musical Theatre Voice
Senior MTVoice
Voice (Majors)
Voice (Majors)
Voice (Majors)
Voice (Majors)
Select two hours of the following:2
Junior Musical Theatre Voice
Senior MTVoice
Voice (Majors)
Voice (Majors)
Credit Hours Subtotal: 24
Total Hours60

Technique Courses

Selections may be chosen from the following technique courses (completion of additional hours of dance technique is highly recommended). Completion of two additional hours of MUA 374 Voice (Majors) is highly recommended.

DN 110Intro To Dance Styles2
DN 111Modern Dance Technique I3
DN 121Ballet Technique I-A3
DN 122Ballet Technique I-B3
DN 142World Dance2
DN 151Jazz Technique I3
DN 200Special Topics3
DN 210Dance Styles II3
DN 211Modern Dance II-A3
DN 212Modern Dance II-B3
DN 221Ballet Technique II-A3
DN 222Ballet Technique II-B3
DN 251Jazz Technique II-A3
DN 252Jazz Technique II-B3
DN 300Special Topics3
DN 301Special Topics II1-3
DN 310Dance Styles III3
DN 311Modern Dance Technique III-A3
DN 312Modern Dance Technique III-B3
DN 321Ballet Technique III-A3
DN 322Ballet Technique III-B3
DN 351Jazz Technique III-A3
DN 352Jazz Technique III-B3
DN 400Special Topics3
DN 410Advanced Tap Technique3
DN 411Modern Dance Technique IV-A3
DN 412Modern Dance Technique IV-B3
DN 421Ballet Technique IV-A3
DN 422Ballet Technique IV-B3
DN 451Jazz Technique IV-A3
DN 452Jazz Technique IV-B3
KIN 121Beginning Social Dance1

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.

Upper-level Residency

A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus

Required Minor

The theatre major following the musical theatre track does not require the completion of a minor.

Additional Major Requirements

The musical theatre track is designed for students preparing for professional careers or graduate study in musical theatre. Admission is by audition, and students are expected to show continued progress in acting, singing and dance. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, College, major and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, College and University requirements.

Additional Recommendations

The Department of Theatre and Dance recommends that students in the musical theatre track also consider the following courses:

TH 230Stage Makeup2
TH 241 or Beg Voice Speech Perform3
TH 446 Adv Voice Speech Perform
TH 242Acting II Intro to Scene Stud3
TH 441Acting III: Advanced Scene Study3
TH 444Acting 4: Comedy and Film3
TH 445Acting 5: Acting Shakespeare3
TH 447Stage Dialects3
TH 467Musicl Theatre Repertoire Coac0.5-2

Commercial theatre in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, regional theatre, film and television, education, theme parks, cruise ships, scenery and costume studios, technical production companies

Types of Jobs Accepted

film and television performance, production personnel in regional theatre, sales and technical personnel in production companies, high school educators, community theatre technical direction and business management, graduate school

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

executive director at 2nd Stage, NYC (Broadway Theater), engineer at major Las Vegas production firm, national Broadway tours, television and film acting, costume designer at major regional theater, technical director for major Broadway scenic studio, university and high school educators, management at all levels in entertainment industry

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