Undergraduate Programs

BA Theatre

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in theatre and dance as well as in a Musical Theatre concentration:

BA Programs

BA in Theatre

BA in Dance

For information about each program, visit its specific pages.

Please be aware that admission to the BA in Dance and the Musical Theatre programs require audition.

BFA Programs

The department also offers one program leading to the bachelor of fine arts degree, with three concentrations:

BFA Theatre

NOTE: Admission to the acting and musical theatre tracks are by audition only. Please visit our Audition page for more information.

Students earning the BA degree with a major in theatre must complete all University, college and departmental degree requirements.  These include the general education requirements, major requirements, and all requirements for an approved minor, with sufficient credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.


The major in theatre requires the successful completion of the following courses:

  • Acting I
  • Fundamentals of Stagecraft or Beginning Costume Construction
  • Theatre Practicum
  • Beginning Directing or Theatre Management
  • History of Theatre

In addition to these core requirements, students must complete 18 hours of electives. Highly motivated students may choose to take up to 42 hours in the major. The Department of Theatre and Dance offers additional coursework in all disciplines of theatre, taught by a vibrant, dedicated faculty of working professionals, who bring a wealth of national and international experience to the classroom.

Read details about the curriculum on our BA Theatre Curriculum page.

For more information on the department, University and/or core curriculum requirements, please visit the UA Undergraduate Catalog.

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Transfer Credit

For those students wishing to transfer from a two-year college or another four-year institution, these courses are recommended by the Department of Theatre and Dance (courses will be transferred under Area V in the State Articulation Agreement).

The University of Alabama vs. Alabama Junior Colleges (Courses and Numbers)

  • Introduction to Theatre (this course does not satisfy the fine arts requirement for theatre majors), TH114, 3 credits vs. Introduction to Theatre, THR126, 3 credits
  • Acting I, TH141, 3 credits vs. Techniques of Acting I, THR131, 3 credits
  • Beginning Voice & Speech, TH241, 3 credits vs. Junior College courses vary, 3 credits
  • Stage Make-Up, TH230, 2 credits vs. Theatrical Make-Up, THR216, 2 credits
  • Theatre Practicum, TH290, 4 credits vs. Theatre Workshop I & II, THR113/114, 4 credits
  • Foreign Language, Student Choice/courses vary, 8 credits vs. Junior College courses vary, 8 credits