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Theatre (B.A.)

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Concentrations: Theatre Studies, Performance, Design/Technology, Theatre Education

Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)

JMU CourseVCCS CourseRBC CourseNotes
THEA 251CST 131THEA 115
THEA 271CST 145No equivalent
THEA 315 CST 231No equivalent
THEA 316CST 232No equivalent
THEA 355CST 241No equivalent
DANC 140A, 142A, 144, 146 or 245DAN or PED 160, DAN or PED 166, DAN or PED 171, PED 163 or DAN or PED 167No equivalentSee note #3 - must be a 2 credit course to get specific credit.
Philosophy course for the B.A. degreePHI 100, 101, 102, 112, 200, 211, 212, 220, 225, 226, 227, 265 or 276PHIL 101, 201, 202 or 203Not required to transfer; may be taken at JMU. Please Note: PHI 111 and 115 (VCCS) and PHIL 121 (RBC) will transfer but DO NOT count for the B.A. philosophy requirement.
PSYC 160PSY 230 or PSY 231 and 232PSY 250Required for students pursuing teacher licensure.
EDUC 300EDU 200No equivalentRequired for students pursuing teacher licensure.

Advising Notes

Please Read: This major guide is a list of all possible major courses offered in the Virginia Community College System. Not all courses may be offered at your community college, and you are not required to complete all these courses in order to transfer. Rather, it’s designed to help you meet JMU major requirements before you transfer, and be better prepared to progress through the major once you arrive at JMU. Please be sure to read the advising notes for additional information on the major.

1. Admission to the theatre major is competitive and an audition or portfolio review and interview is required. Contact the school office by calling (540) 568-6342 pr visit the School of Theatre and Dance website for current audition information.
2. Because of the sequencing of coursework, students who transfer with an appropriate associate's degree should expect to spend approximately three years at JMU to complete this major, unless they have a solid collection of transfer credits in theatre.
3. Theatre majors must complete a 2 credit dance course as part of the core requirements.
4. Theatre  majors earn a B.A. degree. The B.A. requires intermediate proficiency in a foreign language (either through the JMU foreign language placement exam or coursework). Please note that JMU does not grant transfer credit for the 101-102 levels of a foreign language that a student studied for two or more years in high school.
5. A philosophy course is also required for the B.A.; see course equivalents above for options. B.A. requirements may be taken at the community college or at JMU. 
6. Theatre Education - students desiring PreK-12 teaching licensure in theatre must complete 8 credits of additional course work in education and psychology and 12 credits of student teaching. It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses. See links below for information on applying to teacher education.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
School of Theatre and Dance 
Admission to Teacher Education     
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Theatre
JMU Major Guides for Virginia Community College Students