Theatre Major (BA, BS)


SUNY Brockport’s Theatre program is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

In an alliance with Geva Theatre Center, Rochester’s leading professional theatre, professionals teach at the College, a Geva Directing Fellow directs a production at Brockport annually, theatre students enjoy increased opportunities to participate in internships, and to attend Geva productions. Students in the department also have an opportunity to intern with the Strong Museum of Play.

The Department of Theatre and Music Studies is committed to providing students theatre training within a liberal arts environment. The department is focused on student learning acquired through classes, performance and production as its highest priority, and is dedicated to upholding the integrity of theatre as it fosters an artistic environment that nurtures developing artists, scholars and technicians. Theatre education is relevant in many applications and is useful to people in many different occupations.

The department is committed to sustaining a vital artistic synergy with the surrounding community and the greater society through productions and other theatrical and musical presentations by its students, faculty and guest artists.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this major.

Program Requirements

Students in the theatre major pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete its requirements.

General Education Requirements (32-41* credits)

Major Department Requirements (43 credits)

Core Courses

Total number of core credits: 28

Required Upper-division Performance Course (choose 1 from the list below)

Total number of category credits: 3

Required Upper-division Dramatic Literature Courses (choose 1 from the list below)

Total number of category credits: 3

Also required are 9 credits in emphasis-specific courses (in consultation with an academic advisor)

Total number of emphasis credits: 3

*Denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

Electives (36-45 credits)

Total Credits (120 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

Production/Audition Participation Requirement

  • All theatre majors, minors, and students must participate in the production program of the department.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze and discuss theatrical activity within an historical perspective
  2. Analyze and research a theatrical text
  3. Apply critical thinking skills to the discipline of theatre
  4. Discuss a broad range of dramatic literature
  5. Apply skill in the craft of theatre/creation/production
  6. Collaborate in the creation/production of theatre
  7. Apply appropriate theatrical protocol