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Theatre for all stages

Theatre Majors and Minors

For a description of the courses, visit the Course Catalog.

The program of study in theatre combines rigorous production work with four required courses in each major area of theatre: performance, design/tech, analysis/critical studies. This firm foundation provides the basis for students to excel in multiple areas within theatre and/or to undertake an Emphasis Area in a particular area of theatre. Butler Theatre mainstage production work (TH 100, 101, 300, 301) provides students with a breadth of hands-on experiences in a wide variety of genres, venues, and approaches to theatre in production.

The program of study in arts administration is designed to provide students with a cohesive preparation for professional work in the management of arts organizations, particularly in areas relating to the administration of theatre. Through balanced study in theatre, business (accounting, economics, marketing, etc.), and communications (public relations, advertising, information management, etc.), students gain a broad spectrum of skills in a collaborative environment.

Both programs are structured to enable students to pursue a secondary major or minor of their choice.

Majors and Degrees

Double Majors

Emphases (to be added to a Theatre major)

The following areas of Emphasis (11–14 credits) are not stand-alone degrees. They are to be completed along with the existing BA in Theatre degree. Students may elect to complete one or more of these areas of Emphasis. Please note that Theatre Majors are not required to complete an Emphasis Area. At least 50 percent of the credits in any Emphasis must be unique to that program and may not overlap with another Emphasis, major, or minor (except as free electives). A grade of  C or higher is required for all Theatre courses. Completion of one or more of these will be shown on the student’s transcript upon graduating from Butler.

Minor (for non-Theatre majors)

The Minor in Theatre requires one course in each primary area of theatre: performance, design/tech, analysis; and two semesters of Theatre production practicum, a one-credit hour course that provides students with a hands-on opportunity to work in the Butler Theatre costume, lighting, and scenic shops. In addition to these ten required hours, Theatre Minors may select from a wide variety of Theatre elective courses in the area(s) of their choosing. (See Theatre courses grouped by interest area and the full listing of options available.)

NOTE: The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.