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DISCOVER THE BHSU THEATRE PROGRAM

Discover Theatre at BHSU

Black Hills State University Theatre is a small program with big benefits, where the artistic process is an important as the final product. The program provides a student centered learning environment focusing on cultivating the collaborative skills, creativity and professionalism necessary to pursue a career in theatre. Students build a solid foundation from which they are prepared to attend graduate school or enter the job market.


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

Certificate

  • THEA 131 - Introduction to Acting - 3 semester hours
  • THEA 241 - Stagecraft - 3 semester hours
  • THEA 351 - Directing - 3 semester hours
  • THEA 361 - Literature and History of the Theatre I - 3 semester hours

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
  • 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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