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Theatre Undergraduate Programs


The theatre degree programs for undergraduate students in the School of Theatre, Film & Television are as follows:

BFA in Theatre Production

BFA in Musical Theatre

BA in Theatre Arts


Note: Assessments do not include the following programs:

The BFA in Theatre Production History and Dramaturgy track is currently without a faculty director and the future of the track is under review. 

The BA in Theatre Teacher Certification option is not included in the assessment since the degree has been closed.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

All undergraduate theatre degrees share common student learning outcomes. Students with degrees in theatre will be able to:

  1. Analyze and interpret dramatic language, characterization, images, sound and spectacle.
  2. Research and analyze the traditional and cultural dimensions of theatre, both historical and contemporary.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to express ideas in writing clearly with attention to style, spelling and grammar, as well as clarity and accuracy.
Assessment Activities: 

Assessment Activity, Findings, Changes in Response to Findings

Course embedded evaluations of students’ work

The faculty has identified three required courses that embody the common student learning outcomes.  Students in freshman year complete TAR 145: Principles of Dramatic Structure. In the sophomore – senior years, students are required to complete at least one of the theatre history courses, TAR 342,343,342.


Each course requires a final assignment designed to match departmental learning outcomes.  This post-writing assessment, tied to the scoring rubrics used to determine student grades in each course, will demonstrate student’s progress in the development of these skills across the major. This can be used as a direct measure of student achievement. At least one assessment activity in each course aligns with the identified student learning outcomes and provides a measure of the student’s achievement. 


In the assignment, student demonstrates:



TAR 145

TAR 342, 343, or 342

understanding of the relationship between text and production




understanding of the history of the theatre and/or the role of the theatre in the community

#1 and #2



appropriate critical thinking skills  




appropriate clarity in writing style




appropriate information literacy





Final projects in the sample courses will be critiqued on a scale of 0-4 (to match the means by which grade point averages are calculated) with 0 indicating “auto-fail” and 4 indicating mastery. Faculty can use this information collected from students’ completion of the activity to refine and improve the required core curriculum for all students and identify areas that need more attention throughout the program.


Updated date: Fri, 12/20/2013 - 12:28