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Theatre Acting, BA

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About the Program

The Theatre Acting degree is for students who desire a program of study intended to provide pre-professional training for a career as an actor, or for preparation to enter a field where communication and collaboration are essential to success. The Acting program at Purdue University seeks to expand the student’s range of knowledge and expression through the performance of drama. Upon completion, the student may work towards a life in the theatre, choose to pursue a communication-related career, or explore advanced training and/or graduate study.

In addition to coursework, the undergraduate actor at Purdue has ample opportunity to perform. While acting in the Marquee Season is often the responsibility of advanced undergraduate and graduate actors, numerous opportunities exist each year for actors at the beginning and intermediate levels.

Please visit Theatre Acting for more information.

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum

Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.

Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.

For the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum click here .

Departmental/Program Major Courses (42-45 credits)

Acting majors must maintain a GPA of 2.5 in order to be considered for casting in production work. ALL Acting majors are required to audition for and accept one mainstage role per semester, as cast.

Students should include THTR 20100 - Theatre Appreciation  as a choice in fulfilling the CLA Core Requirements.

Requirements for the Concentration

A. Foundation Studies (18 credits)

B. Performance and Production (24-27 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (57 credits)

  • ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition (UCC: Written Communication)
  • or

  • ENGL 10800 - Accelerated First-Year Composition (UCC: Written Communication)

  • COM 11400 - Fundamentals Of Speech Communication (UCC: Oral Communication)  
  • Other Languages (Proficiency through Level IV in one language) (UCC: Humanities) - Credits Hours: 12.00
  • Mathematics (UCC: Quantitative Reasoning) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Statistics (UCC: Quantitative Reasoning) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • United States Tradition (UCC: Behavioral Social Science - if POL 10100  was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Other Cultures (UCC: Behavioral Social Science - if ANTH 20500 was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Aesthetic Awareness - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics (UCC: Science, Technology & Society - if PHIL 27000  or POL 22300  was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Individual and Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Global Perspective (UCC: Science, Technology & Society - if HIST 38400  or HIST 38700  was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences (UCC: Science - requires 6 credits) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00

Electives (18-21 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

15 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15-17 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15-16 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

16-17 Credits

Fall 4th Year

13-15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • THTR REQ B3 - Credit Hours: 1.00 - 3.00
  • Social Ethics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial & Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • US Tradition - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

13-15 Credits


A minimum Grade of “C-“or better is required in all theatre courses to remain in and advance in the program.

A minimum Grade of “B” or better is required in * courses in order to progress to the next performance course.

Acting majors must maintain a GPA of 2.5 in order to be considered for casting in production work. ALL Acting majors are required to audition for and accept one mainstage role per semester, as cast.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

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