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DISCOVER THE BHSU THEATRE PROGRAM

Black Hills State University's Theatre Program provides an environment where students gain excellent academic background while expanding and enhancing their artistic skills.


Theatre students learn all about acting, directing, and production, preparing them for the professional stage, graduate school, or through the education option, teaching theatre in high schools. Hands-on experience is the key, as the theatre program provides quality and diversified entertainment for the University and Black Hills Region.


The Theatre program at BHSU offers:

  • Small classes for the necessary close attention and individual instruction
  • Student theatre organizations that are open to all students
  • Many opportunities during the school year for students to be involved in any and all aspects of play productions
  • Special "Summer Stage" productions for the theatre students who wish to further enhance and develop their talents

Theatre Course Requirements

Theatre Major

Major in Communication Studies - Theatre Emphasis - 36 semester hours

  • 3 THEA 100 Introduction to Theatre (gen ed)
  • 3 THEA 131 Introduction to Acting (gen ed)
  • 3 THEA 241 Stagecraft
  • 3 THEA 243 Makeup
  • 3 THEA 344 Fundamentals of Design
  • 3 THEA 351 Directing
  • 3 THEA 361 Literature and History of Theatre I
  • 3 THEA 364 Literature and History of Theatre II
  • 3 THEA 450 Senior Capstone Project
  • 3 THEA 495 Practicum
  • 6 Electives in THEA, SPCM or MCOM

Gen Ed Requirements - 34 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 3 MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics
  • 6 * Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6 * Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222

* Global Requirement: depending on your selection, this requirement will satisfy 3 hours of either Social Science or Arts & Humanities requirements. Take 1 course from AIS/HIST 257, ANTH 210, ARTH 211/212/251, ENGL 211/212, GEOG 210, HIST 121/122/153, HUM 100, MCOM 151, POLS 141/250

A minor is required with this major plus electives to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

Theatre - Teaching Major

Major in Communication Studies - Teaching Theatre Emphasis - 36 hours

  • 3 SEED 424 7-12 Language Arts Methods
  • 3 SPCM 222 Argumentation & Debate
  • 3 THEA 100 Introduction to Theatre (gen ed)
  • 3 THEA 131 Introduction to Acting (gen ed)
  • 3 THEA 241 Stagecraft
  • 3 THEA 243 Makeup
  • 3 THEA 344 Fundamentals of Design
  • 3 THEA 351 Directing
  • 3 THEA 361 Literature and History of the Theatre I
  • 3 THEA 364 Literature and History of the Theatre II
  • 3 THEA 450 Senior Capstone Project
  • 3 THEA 495 Practicum

Pre-Professional Teaching Core - 18 semester hours

  • 1 EDFN 295 Practicum: Pre-Admission Teaching
  • 2 EDFN 338 Foundations of American Education
  • 3 EPSY 302 Educational Psychology
  • 3 EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Development
  • 3 INED 411 South Dakota Indian Studies
  • 3 PSYC 101 General Psychology (gen ed)
  • 3 SPED 100 - Intro to persons with Exceptionalities

Professional Secondary Ed Teaching Core - 24 semester hours

  • 3 EDFN 365 Computer Based Technology & Learning
  • 3 EDFN 375 - Methods of Technology Integration
  • 3 EDFN 440 - Classroom Management
  • 2 MLED 480 Middle Level Methods
  • 3 SEED 408 Plan, Manage, & Assess the 7-12 Diverse Classroom
  • 3 SEED 450 7-12 Reading and Content Literacy
  • 1 SEED 495 Practicum: Pre-Student Teaching
  • 3 EDFN 475 Human Relations
  • 9 SEED 488 7-12 7-12 Student Teaching

Gen Ed Requirements - 37 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 2 MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics
  • 2 WEL 100 Wellness for Life & 100L Lab
  • 6 * Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6-9 * Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab

* Global Requirement: depending on your selection, this requirement will satisfy 3 hours of either Social Science or Arts & Humanities requirements. Take 1 course from AIS/HIST 257, ANTH 210, ARTH 211/212/251, ENGL 211/212, GEOG 210, HIST 121/122/153, HUM 100, MCOM 151, POLS 141/250

Minors

Minor in Communication Studies - Emphasis in Theatre

  • 3 THEA 100 Introduction to Theatre
  • 3 THEA 131 Introduction to acting
  • 3 THEA 241 Stagecraft
  • 3 THEA 344 Fundamentals of Design
  • 3 THEA¬†351 Directing
  • 3 THEA 495 Practicum
  • 3 THEA 300/400 level elective

Minor in Communication Studies - Emphasis in Theatre - Teaching

  • 3 SPCM 222 Argumentation and Debate
  • 3 THEA 100 Introduction to Theatre
  • 3 THEA 131 Introduction to Acting
  • 3 THEA 241 Stagecraft
  • 3 THEA 243 Makeup
  • 3 THEA 344 Fundamentals of Design
  • 3 THEA 351 Directing
  • 3 THEA 495 Practicum
  • 3 SEED 424 7-12 Language Arts Methods

Career Opportunities

Theatre majors are able to find careers in a variety of fields:

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Scenic Design
  • Costume Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Makeup Design
  • Sound Design
  • Technical Direction
  • Stage Management

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