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

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

JMU Course: THEA 251, Acting I: Basic Acting

  • VCCS equivalents: CST 131
  • RBC equivalents: THEA 115

JMU Course: THEA 271, Technical Theatre

  • VCCS equivalents: CST 145
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: THEA 315, The European Theatre Tradition to 1800

  • VCCS equivalents: CST 231
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: THEA 355, Directing for the Theatre

  • VCCS equivalents: CST 241
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: THEA 471, Stage Management

  • VCCS equivalents: CST 253
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: An option for the Design/Technology concentration.

JMU Course: DANC 140, Elementary Modern Dance or DANC 142, Elementary Ballet or DANC 144, Ballroom Dance or DANC 146 Jazz Dance or DANC 147, Tap Dance or DANC 245, Dance Improvisation

  • VCCS equivalents: DAN or PED 160, DAN or PED 166, DAN or PED 171, DAN or PED 163 or DAN 165 or DAN or PED 167
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: See note #3 - must be a 2 credit course to get specific credit.

JMU Course: Philosophy course for the B.A. degree

  • VCCS equivalents: PHI 100, 101, 102, 200, 227, 260 or 265
  • RBC equivalents: PHIL 101, 201, 202 or 203
  • NOTE: Not required to transfer; may be taken at JMU. Please Note: PHI 111 and 220 (VCCS) and PHIL 121 (RBC) will transfer but DO NOT count for the B.A. philosophy requirement.

JMU Course: PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 230 or PSY 231 and 232
  • RBC equivalents: PSY 250
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure.

JMU Course: EDUC 200, Foundations of American Education

  • VCCS equivalents: EDU 200
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Required 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 - in addition to general education and The School of Theatre and Dance requirements, students pursuing PreK-12 teaching licensure in theatre must complete 8 credits of additional course work in education and psychology and 12 credits of student teaching. Within the major requirements, students interested in licensure must complete 18 credits of theatre education courses as part of their theatre education concentration. All education students must apply and be admitted to Teacher Education. See the admission requirements and use the links below to learn more about the application process.

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