Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies

Comprehensive Theatre EDucation

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Studies allows students to pair a traditional liberal arts education with a major emphasis in theatre. With a comprehensive curriculum examining all aspects of theatre, students receive a thorough grounding in theatre history, theory and process. The mission of the Theatre Studies program is to give students an opportunity for study in all aspects of theatre and its relationship to other liberal arts studies.


Students enrolled in the Theatre Studies program at Kent State may concentrate their studies in one of four concentrations:

  • Performance
  • Production
  • Theatre Management
  • Theatre and Society

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the Theatre Studies program might pursue careers in secondary education; go on to graduate study in performance, design, management, or scholarship; or use their skills in a wide variety of complementary fields. This program serves students who seek a wider range of possibilities to fulfill individual creative goals, whether as theatre artists, scholars, educators, and/or contributors in related fields. Theatre Studies prepares students to apply their knowledge and learned skills to career choices in the 21st century and in the process enrich their own lives in their chosen communities.

Admission & Audition Requirements

General Admission for Freshman Students

Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

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General Admission for Transfer Students

Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.

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Degree Requirements

Students in the Theatre Studies program must complete a minimum of 121 credit hours and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in major courses and overall 2.0 GPA to graduate. The Theatre Studies program can be successfully completed in 4 years (8 semesters) if a minimum of 15-16 credit hours are taken per semester. 

In addition to 36 credit hours taken in Kent Core requirements, Theatre Studies majors can expect to take courses in Making Theatre, Art of Acting, Fundamentals of Production, and assorted performance, production, theory, history and management courses based on their concentration.  Theatre Studies students are also required to complete practicums and a capstone course. 

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