Undergraduate Degrees in Theater Arts


Blithe Spirit directed by William Tate

Major in Theater Arts

Undergraduates in theater arts are expected to acquire basic skills in performance, design and production, practice, and dramatic literature and theater history. These basic skills are developed in the core requirements. The remaining credits are met through a selected option, performance, design/production, or theatre studies, which provides for flexibility and allows a student to specialize in an area of interest. Students choose from electives in Theater & Film, and World Languages & Literatures (Kabuki, Peninsular Drama, and Sophocles/Euripides).

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Theater Arts

Certificate in Dance

Minors in Theater and Dance

Secondary Education Program

It is imperative that the student who wishes to teach theater arts in secondary school be in contact with the School of Theatre and Film secondary education adviser as early as possible, so that various options and requirements can be fully explained and a program of study developed.

Ten Things You Should Know About Theater and Film at PSU

  1. Theater and Film offers a comprehensive liberal arts-based pre-professional program, as well as specialization in theater, film and dance disciplines.
  2. Theater and Film has small classes and majors and minors receive personal attention.
  3. Theater and Film faculty work professionally in the region's arts organizations and creative services sector, frequently assisted by their students.
  4. Theater and Film visiting faculty in acting, directing, design, and production are drawn from the ranks of professionals in the local and national theater and film community.
  5. Theater and Film offers numerous performance opportunities for students. Each year, we stage 2-3 major productions in the 476-seat Lincoln Performance Hall, as well as a score of other performances in the department's intimate Lincoln Studio Theater and Lincoln Room 55.
  6. Located in the Cultural District in the heart of Portland, Theater and Film is within easy walking distance of many of the city's theaters, cinemas, museums, libraries, galleries, and arts organizations.
  7. Theater and Film students are active both on campus and in the region's professional theater and film scene.
  8. Theater and Film students are encouraged as part of their degree program to set up one-on-one independent learning contracts with regular and visiting faculty as well as internships with urban arts organizations and creative services providers.
  9. Students with an interest in theater and film can use approved courses from and be co-enrolled at PCC, Mt. Hood CC, Clackamas CC, and Clark College, to satisfy degree requirements.
  10. All PSU students, regardless of major, are eligible to participate in Theater and Film productions and activities.