Acceptance into the B.A. in Theatre Studies is competitive, by application and interview only.

The faculty accepts only a limited number of internal transfers each semester.

Students in the School of Humanities and Sciences who have an interest in theatre and are not accepted into the major are encouraged to add the theatre minor.

To be considered for an interview:

Students not currently majoring in a degree program in the Department of Theatre Arts:

  • must be enrolled in their second or successive semester
  • must have a GPA of 3.0
  • must have received a B+ or better in Academic Writing I (WRTG 10600) or a seminar with an academic writing equivalency.

Students currently majoring in a degree in the Department of Theatre Arts:

  • Students must have received a B or better in the following courses:
            • Script Analysis (THEA 13000) 3 credits
            • Intro to Technical Theatre (THEA 10100) 2 credits OR Theatre Technology I: Scenery (THEA 11200) 2-3 credits
            • Technical Theatre Practicum (THEA 10200) 1 credit OR Theatre Production I (THEA 11000) 1 credit

        • Academic Writing I (WRTG 10600) OR a seminar with an academic                                    writing equivalency

To interview:

  • Contact the office of the Department of Theatre Arts to schedule an interview.
  • Students must submit a resume and an essay prior to the interview. Guidelines for the essay are available from the office of the Department of Theatre Arts.  
  • Accepted students will receive a letter of acceptance into the program, and must report to the department office as soon as possible to fill out a change of/additional major form and secure appropriate signatures.
  • The student will be assigned an advisor once the change of/additional major form is returned to the main theatre office.

Once accepted:

  • Make an appointment with your new advisor as soon as possible.
  • Read the Department Handbook on the Theatre Arts website under ‘Student Resources.’
  • Arrange through your advisor to register for the following courses (if not completed).
    • Script Analysis
    • Theatre Studies Foundations
    • History of Theatre I
    • Acting 1 (If you have completed Scene Study I rather than Acting I, you must complete a course substitution through your advisor)
  • After the completion of the required one credit of Technical Theatre Practicum (typically taken in conjunction with Intro to Technical Theatre), there are two more Technical Theatre Practicum credits required for the B.A. Theatre Studies major. It is recommended that these credits be completed early, preferably in the sophomore year. Further, these practica take precedence over any extra-curricular or co-curricular activity.
  • If you are new to the School of Humanities and Sciences, it is up to you to become aware of any changes in your general education requirements, including the Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) or Complementary Liberal Arts (CLA) credits. It is recommended that you plan your upcoming semesters carefully to include major requirements, H&S requirements and the ICC requirements.
  • All internal and external transfer students must remember that a student must complete 90 Liberal Arts credits to graduate with a B.A. from Ithaca College.
  • If you are interested in studying abroad, you should begin planning as soon as you have been accepted into the B.A. Theatre Studies program. A meeting with your advisor or area coordinator is recommended.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact the Department of Theatre Arts main office at 274-3345.