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Bachelor of Science in Education
Theatre Education

College of the Arts

Department of Theatre

Program Description

The Department of Theatre offers comprehensive undergraduate programs that are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). The Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) in Theatre Education provides pre-service teachers a solid knowledge base emphasizing pedagogy, curriculum content, and assessment consistent with the national, state, and local standards and goals. In the first two years, students complete studies that establish eligibility for admission to teacher education. This is followed by a sequence of campus and field-based courses culminating in the student teaching semester during the senior year.

Educator Preparation at Columbus State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) in theatre provides a broad theatrical background for students planning careers in professional, higher education, or community theatre.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Department of Theatre is by AUDITION ONLY. There are a limited number of spaces in the Freshman class each year.

All applicants are AUTOMATICALLY considered for scholarships at the time of the audition.

  • An accompanist will NOT be provided during Auditions. If singing, please bring a CD of your music, or you may choose to sing acapella.

Prospective students must complete the following:

    • Audition Application (DOCX)  
    • Headshot (professional grade not necessary) and a Theatre Resumé
    • A copy of your most recent transcript, including a cumulative GPA
    • Interview including presentation of portfolio materials demonstrating previous theatre involvement (may include design/tech, dramaturgy, playwriting, or other supporting materials)
  • Presentation of Audition/Interview - Two contrasting monologues, or one monologue and 16 bars of music, not to exceed 90 seconds total
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (PDF) from teacher/advisor that speak to applicant's academic and artistic abilities
  • If any part of your Audition Packet, (Audition Application, Headshot, Theatre Resume', recent Transcript, and two Recommendation Letters), is missing, it very well could delay a decision on whether or not you are accepted into the department.

Incoming freshman may audition for any of the above areas (with the exception of the MSEd in Theatre Education) but may be admitted into the BA program prior to being able to qualify for another area of study within the department. If this is the case, then incoming students may apply to one of the other areas of study as part of the Freshman Jury process during their Freshmen Year.

Learning Outcomes

Theatre graduates will be able to demonstrate:
  • General knowledge of all areas and methods of the theatrical production process.
  • Knowledge of the theatre history and appreciation for dramatic literature of western civilization.Understanding of and basic proficiency in theatre design, technology, acting, directing, and writing.
  • BSEd graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency in the methods of teaching theatre.

Additional Program Requirements

All Theatre Majors are required to maintain a 2.75 GPA in their program of study.

Program Of Study

This program requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all Theatre Courses. Students must earn at least a C grade in each field course; earn at least a C grade in each professional course; and maintain a total GPA of 2.75 based on the hours attempted, and an institutional GPA of 2.75.

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102
(with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5
COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

Select one of the following courses: Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

Select one of the following fine arts courses: *ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
Select one science course with a lab; the other course may be lab or non-lab:

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112

Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3

PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
("C" or better required in each course) 

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 32
("C" or better required in each course) 

Area H Professional Requirements Required Hours: 28
("C" or better required in each course)

Area I Program Electives Required Hours: 6
("C" or better required in each course)
Any Major or non-major courses

Total Hours Required: 129

4 Year Course Schedule

Suggested four year course schedule