Winthrop University: CVPA - Theatre - The Major
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115 Johnson Hall
Rock Hill, SC  29733, USA
803/323-2560 (fax)


The Major

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a B.A. in Theatre with special emphases in Performance, Design/Technical Theatre, Musical Theatre, or Teacher Certification (K-12).

All majors begin their studies by completing a core curriculum of theatre courses that exposes them to the broad range of theatre crafts and studies.  This core curriculum includes courses in performance (acting and directing), production (design and technical skills) and theory (script analysis, dramatic literature and theatre history).  

  • Theatre Performance students continue with focused course work in voice, acting and movement/dance, and they select a minor to complement their theatre studies. 
  • Musical Theatre students continue with focused course work in acting and pursue advanced courses in musical theatre, including voice and dance, and they select a minor to complement their theatre studies. 
  • Design/Technical students pursue advanced courses in design (costume, lighting, scenic) and stagecraft, and they select a minor to complement their theatre studies. 
  • Theatre Education students — pursuing the focused, professional degree program in teacher education — take advanced courses in pedagogy, acting, directing and theatre production.


Theatre majors can choose to take elective courses such as African-American theatre, dialects, improvisation, playwriting, stage combat, sound design, as well as select courses in Physical Education, Music, Dance, Visual Communication, Shakespeare, and dramatic literature.  Theatre majors may also complete internships with local or regional theatres, and they may participate in the productions of Shakespeare Carolina. 

A detailed list of required courses for the B.A. degree in theatre can be found by clicking on the "Course and Programs" button on the left hand side of this page.  In the drop-down menu, click on "Degree Programs." 

Prospective students can learn more about our program by clicking on the yellow "Prospective Students" link on the right hand side of this page. 

Last Updated: 1/27/23