Degree Information

The Theatre Department at Indiana University Southeast gives students the opportunity in both performance and technical concentrations to leave the department with a full grasp of not only their own area of expertise, but of theatre as a whole. Upon graduation, students will have an understanding of their talents and the skills they will need to continue to improve to achieve their goals. The Theatre Department provides students with the knowledge and skills to grapple with issues of integrity, ethics and the relationship between life in the theatre and the "outside world" in terms of self expression, responsibility, and involvement in making positive contributions to society as a whole.

University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements

All Baccalaureate degrees offered by IU Southeast requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-level coursework (300-level or above). No more than 64 credit hours earned in accredited junior/community colleges may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree. The University Residency Requirement dictates that students must complete no less than 26 credit hours at IU Southeast during their senior year and no less than 10 credit hours of coursework in the major field of study.

Department of Communication Studies Residency Requirements

The Department of Communication Studies enforces the University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements with no additions.

General Education Core Requirements

All IU Southeast Baccalaureate degrees require 30 credit hours of General Education Core coursework. Students must select a course(s) to satisfy each category listed below. View the list of courses that satisfy the General Education Core requirements.

  • Information Literacy (1 credit)
  • Written Communications I (3 credits)
  • Written Communications II (3 credits)
  • Oral Communications (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
  • Ethical Reasoning/Diversity (3 credits)
  • Natural Sciences (one lecture – 3 credits, one lab – 2 credits)
  • Arts/Humanities(3 credits)
  • Social Science(3 credits)
  • General Education Additional Requirement (Art, Humanities, or Social Science) (3 credits)

Please note that several courses required for your Major may “double dip” with the general education core courses.

View a list of current course offerings.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Theatre Requirements

All required courses in the theatre track must be completed with a minimum grade of C. Students may not use correspondence courses in theatre for academic credit. Students may take one theatre course through Metroversity per year, totaling no more than 4 Metroversity credit hours.

  • THTR-T 120 Acting I (3 cr. hrs.)
  • THTR-T 220 Acting II or THTR-T320 Acting III
  • THTR-T 222 Voice for the Actor
  • THTR-T 225 Stagecraft I
  • A minimum of 3 credit hours from theatre design courses. Choose from:
    • THTR-T 230 Stage Costume & Technology I
    • THTR-T 326 Scene Design
    • THTR-T 335 Stage Lighting I
    • THTR-T 433 Costume Design
  • THTR-T 270 Introduction to History of Theatre I
  • THTR-T 271 Introduction to History of Theatre II
  • THTR-T 363 Modern Plays for Stage Interpretation
  • A minimum of 3 credit hours from dramatic literature courses. Choose from:
    • ENG-L 203, ENG-L 220, ENG-L 308, ENG-L 309, ENG-L 313, ENG-L 314, ENG-L 328, 
      ENG-L363, ENG-L 365, ENG-L 366, or THTR-T 275
  • Nine (9) credit hours must be selected from courses in theatre at the 200-400 level
  • Six (6) credit hours in practical experience to be chosen as a combination of:
    • THTR-T 349 Speech and Theatre Practicum
    • THTR-T 385 Theatre Laboratory
  • Three (3) credit hours Senior Capstone Experience
    • Capstone Experience and Portfolio Review: Junior-level theatre-track majors within the Department of Communication must schedule a capstone experience to be completed during their senior year of study with a member of the Theatre faculty.