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Degree Program

Kelly Manlaibayar and her first set modelDegrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts

Majors Offered

Theatre Arts

Minors Offered

Theatre Arts


The Theatre Arts Department supports the mission of both the University and the College of the Pacific to offer our students:

  1. Courses that serve the General Education program by exploring the nature of the human condition by studying the lively art of theatre.
  2. Undergraduate, creative research opportunities through the study of theatre arts and the exploration and presentation of original and established plays and musicals.
  3. A vital experience in the arts and crafts of the theatre so that faculty and students learn together and enrich themselves and connect the University with our immediate and wider community through theatre productions of high quality.
  4. A Theatre Arts major within a well-rounded education in the liberal arts.
  5. An opportunity to develop and exercise the skills of the “citizen leader” through applied learning experiences in our production program.

Academic Requirements
Academic regulations limit to 20 the number of credit units that can be applied toward graduation in certain experiential courses such as internships, activity classes and practicum courses (THEA 005, 087, 089, 187 and 189).

(The content posted here may not be up to date. Please see the latest General Catalog for current degree requirements.)

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts

I. General Education Requirements
Minimum 42 units and 12 courses, including:

  • PACS 001 Pacific Seminar I: What is a Good Society?
  • PACS 002 Pacific II Topical Seminar
  • PACS 003 Pacific Seminar III: The Ethics of Family, Work, and Citizenship

Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 16 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and 002.

One course from each subdivision below:

  • The Individual and Society
    • IA. Individual and Interpersonal Behavior
    • IB. U.S. Studies
    • IC. Global Studies
  • Human Heritage
    • IIA. Literature, Letters and Language
    • IIB. Fundamental Human Concerns
    • IIC. Practice and Perspective in the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Natural World and Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIA. Life and Physical Laboratory Sciences
    • IIIB. Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIC. Science, Technology, and Society
      or a second Life and Physical Laboratory Science


Note: 1) A complete list of the courses that satisfy the subdivisions above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog and the online course search. 2) No more than two courses from a discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.

II. College of the Pacific B.A. Requirement
a. One year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.
Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

III. Fundamental Skills
Demonstrate competence in: 

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Quantitative analysis


Note: 1) A detailed description of how you can satisfy the fundamental skills above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog.

IV. Breadth Requirement
Complete 64 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline (Including general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

V. Major Requirements (Beginning Fall 2013)

Minimum 43 units that include:

Core Courses

  • THEA 105      Career Workshop  2
  • THEA 109      Theatre Arts Capstone  2
  • THEA 111      Script Analysis  3 
  • THEA 113      What's Past is Prologue: Practice and Perspective in Theatre History I   4
  • THEA 115      What's Past is Prologue: Practice and Perspective in Theatre History II  4 


Performance Component

  • THEA 071      Beginning Acting  3   

Select one of the following Fundamental Skills:  

  • THEA 075   Expressive Movement  3  
  • THEA 077   The Expressive Voice:  Vocal Skills for Actors, Teachers and Presenters 2 


Design/Technology Component 

  • THEA 003      Stage Works  1
  • THEA 031      Stage Makeup Fundamentals  3
  • THEA 033      Theatrical Design Fundamentals   4
  • THEA 035B    Stage Management Practice   2

Select one of the following Design/Technology courses:  

  • THEA 037A    Costume Construction and Technology 2   
  • THEA 037C    Scenery   2   
  • THEA 137      Lighting Technology   2 

Experiential Component

  • THEA 005I-P Theatre:  Backstage (repeat for 2 units)  1

Two experiential courses from the following:

  • THEA 005 A-H Theatre:  Onstage   1-2   
  • THEA 005 I-P   Theatre:  Backstage    1   
  • THEA 089 A-D Practicum: Performance   2   
  • THEA 089 E-H Practicum: Production    2   
  • THEA 189 A-D Practicum: Performance   2   
  • THEA 189 E-H Practicum: Production   2 

Electives - THEA courses   8-10

VI. Minor Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 20 units with a Pacific minor GPA of 2.0 to earn a minor in Theatre Arts.

CORE courses (5-6 units)Choose 2 units from the following:

  • THEA 003 Stage Works 1   
  • THEA 005 Theatre: Backstage (repeatable for 2 units) 1    
  • THEA 035B Stage Management Practice 2    

And choose at least one of the following 3 critical thinking/analysis courses:

  • THEA 111 Script Analysis 3  
  • THEA 113 What's Past is Prologue: Practice and Perspective in Theatre History I 4
  • THEA 115 What's Past is Prologue: Practice and Perspective in Theatre History II 4  

ELECTIVES  (Choose 14-15 units)

  • THEA 003 Stage Works  1
  • THEA 071 Beginning Acting 3
  • THEA 072 Acting for the Camera 3 
  • THEA 075 Expressive Movement 3
  • THEA 077 The Expressive Voice: Vocal Skills for Actors, Teachers and Presenters 2
  • THEA 011 Introduction to the Theatre 4
  • THEA 111 Script Analysis 3
  • THEA 113 What's Past is Prologue: Practice and Perspective in Theatre History I  4 
  • THEA 115 What's Past is Prologue: Practice and Perspective in Theatre History II 4
  • THEA 171 Intermediate Acting 3
  • THEA 173 Advanced Acting  3
  • THEA 031 Stage Makeup Fundamentals 2
  • THEA 033 Theatrical Design Fundamentals  4 
  • THEA 037A Costume Construction and Technology 2
  • THEA 037C Scenery  2
  • THEA 137  Lighting Technology 2 
  • THEA 134  Mask Making & Design 3 
  • THEA 035B Stage Management Practice 2 
  • THEA 112  Playwriting 3 
  • THEA 005 Theatre:  Onstage (repeatable) 1-2 
  • THEA 005 Theatre:  Backstage (repeatable)  1 
  • THEA 089 Practicum: Performance (repeatable) 2
  • THEA 089 Practicum: Production (repeatable) 2
  • THEA 193  Special Topics  TBA