BFA in Theatre Arts—Performance

The theatre arts major offers unique training for students with vital theatrical sensibilities whose particular interests and abilities are wide-ranging. It best serves two kinds of students: those who demonstrate the maturity to create an interdisciplinary program combining theatre with another field of study and those who demonstrate the leadership and imagination to create original works.

Liberal Arts Distribution Guidelines

BFA programs require 28 credits (or 7 courses) of liberal arts courses to complete the course of study for graduation. Please see the Freshman Core section for complete distribution guidelines.

Program of Study (minimum of 128 credits)

One semester of Theatre Ensemble (*) is required during the second and third years. More theatre elective credits may be required if Theatre Ensemble is not taken both semesters.

Second Year 1st 2nd
Dramatic Lit 1850-1950 3 -
Dramatic Lit 1950-1990 - 3
Management Elective 2
Rehearsal and Performance 1 2
Theatre Ensemble Elective 3 3
Matinee 0 0
Liberal Arts Elective 4 4
Design Elective 2
Performance Elective 3 3
Total 16 16
Third Year
Theatre Ensemble Elective 3
Rehearsal and Performance 2 2
Dramatic Literature Elective 3
Theatre Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 4
General Elective 4
Matinee 0
Study Abroad Program 16
Total 16 16
Fourth Year
Theatre Ensemble 4: Thesis Development 2 -
Senior Thesis - 3
Rehearsal and Performance 3/4 2 2
Theatre Internship 3
Dramatic Literature Elective 3
Theatre Elective 3 2
General Elective 4 4
Liberal Arts Elective 4 4
Matinee 0
Total 18 16

Theatre Ensemble and Dramatic Literature Elective Guidelines

BFA Theatre Arts Majors are required to fulfill 12.0 credits of Dramatic Literature, and 6.0 credits of Theatre Ensemble.

The 6.0 Theatre Ensemble credits may be fulfilled from the following courses:

  • CFA TH 227 (Theatre Ensemble 2: Autobiography) – Fall, 3.0 credits
  • CFA TH 228 (Theatre Ensemble 2: Adaptation) – Spring, 3.0 credits
  • CFA TH 327 (Theatre Ensemble 3: Acting/Directing Lab) – Fall, 3.0 credits

NOTE: CFA TH 427 (Theatre Ensemble 4: Thesis Development) does not count towards the required 6.0 Theatre Ensemble credits, as it is a requirement for fulfilling the Senior Thesis.

Of the 12.0 Dramatic Lit  credits, 6.0 are fulfilled through the required courses:

  • CFA TH 201 (Dramatic Literature: 1850-1950) – Fall of 2nd year, 3.0
  • CFA TH 202 (Dramatic Literature: 1950-1990) – Spring of 2nd year, 3.0

Visit the BU School of Theatre website for a complete list of the courses available through which to complete the remaining 6.0 credits of Dramatic Literature.