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Discover what makes the Ithaca College Theatre Studies program unique, including what to expect year by year, where IC alumni are today, and all that you need to apply and interview.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Studies at Ithaca College combines an interdisciplinary education in theatre with broad experience in the liberal arts. The program develops holistic theatre artists who not only practice theatre but also use theatre to reflect and shape the society in which we live.

As a Theatre Studies major, you cultivate a passion for playwriting, directing, dramaturgy, theatre history, acting, and more. Our curriculum also includes courses in technical theatre, stagecraft, design, theatre arts management, dramatic literature, and elective opportunities in the stud of dance.

The Theatre Studies program provides the flexibility for students to pursue additional majors or minors; popular choices include English, history, psychology or dual degrees in Communications. Students are expected to pursue opportunities to serve as Assistant Directors or Dramaturgs for the Department of Theatre Arts productions or to participate in the annual IC New Play Incubator. Additionally, students are encouraged to work with student-run theatre organizations on campus, such as IC Second Stage.

Students may also incorporate into their degree program a semester at one of IC's study-abroad locations:

  • The Ithaca College London Center
    The curriculum of most students who attend either the fall or spring semester in London centers on an intensive, nine-credit course that features lectures, intensive reading of British drama, weekly walking tours through London, theatre and museum visits, and discussions of the more than 20 plays students attend—many in the fabled West End—over the course of the semester.

Graduates of the theatre studies program enter the professional world as directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, and artistic leaders. Many pursue advanced degrees in theatre or other graduate degree programs.