Theater Arts (Course 21M-2)

Music and Theater Arts Section

Bachelor of Science in Theater Arts

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below.

Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement [between three and six subjects can be satisfied by subjects in the Departmental Program]; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Physical Education Requirement
Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points.

Departmental Program

Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.

Required SubjectsUnits
Theater and Performance Studies
Select three of the following:36
Sport as Performance
China on Stage
Asian American Theater
Script Analysis
Production Seminar
History of American and European Scenography
Contemporary American Theater
Topics in Theater Arts
Play Translation and Cultural Transmission
All the World's a Stage: Socio-Political Perspectives in Global Performance
Topics in Performance Studies
Performance Studies: Advanced Theories of Sport
Performance Practice
Select at least 60 units from the following:60
Introduction to Acting
Drawing for Designers
Introduction to Design for the Theater
Playwriting Fundamentals
Voice and Speech for the Actor
Introduction to Stagecraft
Playwriting Methods
Physical Improvisation: Scores and Structures
Physical Improvisation: Bodies in Motion
Acting with the Camera (CI-M)
Motion Theater
Live Solo Performance: Monodrama and Composition
Music Theater Workshop
Acting Intensive
Choreography: Making Dances
Sound Design for Theater and Dance
Costume Design (CI-M)
Set Design (CI-M)
Lighting Design
Technical Design for Performance (CI-M)
Interactive Design and Projection for Live Performance
Writing and Producing Narrative Podcasts
Playwrights Lab (CI-M)
Director's Craft
Acting: Techniques and Style (CI-M)
Performance Media
Live Cinema Performance
Topics in Performance Technique
Topics in Performance Practice
Advanced Topics in Theater Arts
Applied Performance and Practica
Select at least 12 units from the following:12
Performance and Design Workshop
Applied Performance and Design Production
Performance and Design Intensive
Independent Study in Performance and Design
Restricted Electives
In consultation with the Major Advisor, select 12 units of restricted electives. Qualified students may, with departmental approval, substitute 12 units of thesis (21M.THU). 212
Units in Major120
Unrestricted Electives 196-132
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(36-72)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree180

The units for any subject that counts as one of the 17 GIR subjects cannot also be counted as units required beyond the GIRs.


This chart has been calculated based on an overlap of 36 units (three subjects) between the HASS General Institute Requirement and the departmental requirements. Students who develop a program of study with more overlap will be able to select more unrestricted electives to meet the number of total units beyond the GIRs required for an SB degree.


Pursuit of the thesis is by application only.  By the beginning of the second semester of the junior year, all interested students will write a thesis proposal in consultation with the Major Advisor.  This proposal will be submitted to the Theater Arts Curriculum Committee, which will communicate its decision to the student in April.