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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

College: College of Liberal Arts & Communication

Department: Theatre


The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is a 120-credit hour degree program designed to provide students with professional-caliber training within the framework of a liberal arts education with specific coursework in acting, directing, design, literature and history.

We want our students to be lifelong learners who are prepared to enter a complex, ever-changing global society. Our world-class faculty provides students with a foundation in the sciences, math, communications, writing, the humanities and more.


An A-State Theatre degree combines a rigorous core curriculum with enough flexibility to specialize in an area that sparks your interest.


Theatre majors must complete the following courses as part of their general education coursework:

  • ART 2503 Fine Arts Visual
  • MUS 2503 Fine Arts Musical


Because we offer such a variety of courses and experiences, you have countless options when it comes to customizing your educational path. Our courses include:

  • Acting
  • Musical Theatre Dance
  • Costume Construction
  • Stagecraft
  • Playwriting
  • Tap Dance
  • Sound Design and Production
  • Fashion History
  • Acting Shakespeare
  • Scenic Design
  • Acting in Song
  • Principles of Design
  • Creative Improvisation
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Jazz Dance
  • Lighting Design
  • Professional Practice Seminar
  • Theatre History
  • Stage Makeup
  • Voice and Movement
  • Stage Combat
  • Social Dance
  • Directing
  • Stage Management
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Emphases Available

Acting Emphasis
Design Technology Emphasis
Musical Theatre Emphasis


A-State Theatre graduates have enjoyed successful careers as professional actors and technicians with Disney, in Hollywood, on Broadway, Las Vegas, as well as numerous regional theatres throughout the United States. Likewise, many A-State Theatre graduates are presently teaching theatre in high schools and universities throughout the country.

Accredited by NAST

NAST LogoArkansas State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The NAST establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for theatre and theatre-related disciplines.