Theatre Arts - General Emphasis, B.A.


Department of Theatre Arts

The College of Arts and Humanities
J. Daniel Herring, Chair
Speech Arts Building, Room 33

Degrees and Programs Offered

BA in Theatre Arts - Acting Emphasis, B.A.
BA in Theatre Arts - Design/Technology Emphasis, B.A.
BA in Theatre Arts - General Emphasis, B.A.
BA in Dance, B.A.
MN in Theatre Arts - Drama Option, Minor
MN in Theatre Arts - Dance Option, Minor

Courses Offered

The theatre arts major offers your the opportunity to develop your skills in acting, directing, dance performance, choreography, playwriting, children's theatre, technical production, scene design, costume design, lighting design, history, literature, and teaching. After completing our program, you will have the background that will enhance your ability to pursue either an advanced degree or a professional career.

Our professionally trained instructors will guide you through a program which is not only educational but fascinating. A major or minor in theatre or dance can be one of the more exciting times in your life because it will develop communication and performing skills that will aid you no matter what career you finally decide to pursue. If theatre is what you want, then the California State University, Fresno Theatre Arts Department is ready to serve you.

The Theatre Arts Department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and holds memberships with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the California Educational Theatre Association, the California Alliance for Arts Education, and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology. The department regularly participates in the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) and the American College Dance Association (ACDA). Our students, faculty, and productions have been awarded many regional and national honors from both ACTF and ACDA.

Our national and international award-winning Theatre Arts Department offers you educational preparation in all aspects of theatre and dance. Beside having the opportunity of being guided by an extensive curriculum and production schedule of more than 10 plays and several dance concerts, you will have the opportunity to study with guest professionals who participate in our program on a regular basis.

At California State University, Fresno there are a variety of production organizations, each providing a different kind of experience. University Theatre produces six major productions a year, cast and crewed by students. The Experimental Theatre Company (ETC) and the University Dance Theatre (UDT) are student organizations that produce their own plays and dance concerts. The Black Theatre Contingent (BTC) focuses on drama of the African-American experience. Playwrights Theatre is dedicated to the exploration of original plays. Theatre for Young Audiences produces plays for young people and tours throughout the Valley. You also have the opportunity to work with our resident dance company, the Contemporary Dance Ensemble. As you can see, we offer a variety of opportunities for you to develop and practice your art.


Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements
Theatre Arts Major

The theatre arts major, dance option, and minors are designed to provide competencies in the theatre arts for students who intend to pursue study beyond the Bachelor of Arts degree, who are preparing for careers in teaching or for the professional theatre. With the assistance of their advisors and with departmental approval, students follow a track of advanced courses specializing in the areas of Acting or Design/Technology, or students may opt for advanced courses covering a broad range of study by selecting the General track. The Theatre Arts Program offers through the dance option intensive studies in dance performance, choreography, and theory. This option provides preparation for graduate studies or a professional career.

Theatre Arts Major

1. Major requirements (53 units)
(See note 1)

Core: DRAMA 10, 33, 34, 110, 139, 163, 185, 186 (24 units)

Production: DRAMA 15 and/or DRAMA 115 (8 units)

Emphasis (21 units)
Select 6 units from each of the following course groupings:
Group 1: DANCE 20, DRAMA 30, 35, 132, 133, 138B (6 units)
Group 2: DRAMA 41, 134A, 134B, 136S, 180A, 182A (6 units)
Group 3: DANCE 160, DRAMA 131, 137, 138A, 151, 188T (6 units)
Approved electives: DRAMA 15/115 and 89/189 excluded (See note 2) (3 units)

2. General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
(See Degree Requirements), may be used toward a double major or minor

5. Total units (120)*

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details.

Advising Notes

  1. New majors must enroll in DRAMA 10 (fall) and acting emphasis students must enroll in DANCE 20 (spring) during their first year in the program.
  2. Students must meet with their advisor each semester for program approval.
  3. CR/NC grading is not permitted in the theatre arts major.


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B.A. in Theatre Arts - General Emphasis

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Theatre Arts

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The Theatre Arts faculty includes performers, designers, and directors with top academic credentials as well as professional experience. The department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Organizations such as the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival and the American College Dance Association have honored numerous Fresno State Students.

The most important element in the Department's success is the students. Our undergraduates enjoy unusual opportunities to play leading roles, to direct, and to design for lab and mainstage productions.  Organizations such as the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival and the American College Dance Festivalhave honored numerous Fresno State Students.

Working together, students and faculty have created many shows that have won regional, national, and international honors.

What You Can Do

  • Acting
  • Dancing
  • Designing
  • Stage Management
  • Radio and television
  • Journalism
  • Rock performances
  • Touring productions
  • Teaching