Degree Requirements - Department of Theatre

BA DEGREE IN THEATRE 124

GENERAL EDUCATION AND ADDITIONAL LIBERAL ARTS REQUIREMENTS 54-59
FOUNDATIONS REQUIREMENTS(2) 12-153
GE 1000 Transition to Kean(1) 1
MATH 1000 Algebra for College Students OR
MATH 1010 Foundations of Mathematics 3
ENG 1030 College Composition 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication as Critical Citizenship 3
GE 2025 Research and Technology 3

DISCIPLINARY/INTERDISCIPLINARY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS 
Humanities 9
*THE 1000 Introduction to Theatre 3
*ENG 2403 World Literature 3
Select one from below:
Fine Arts or Art History 3
Philosophy or Religion 3
Foreign Languages 3
Music 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 9
*HIST 1000 History of Civil Society in America 3
Select two of the following 
from different areas: 6
PSY 1000 General Psychology 
Economics or Geography 
Political Science 
Sociology or Anthropology 
Interdisciplinary 
Science & Mathematics 10-11
*MATH or CPS (Options: Math 
1010, 1016, 1030, 1054, CPS 1031, 
1032, 1231) 3
(Select two from below; 
one must be a lab science) 7-8
Biology 
Chemistry or Physics
Astr, ES, Geol, or Metr
Interdisciplinary
Health/Physical Education 2-3
ID 1010 Leisure & Recreation in Multicultural Society
OR
ID 1225 Issues Contemporary 
Health 3
OR
Two one-credit P.E.D. courses 2

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS 12
COMM 3410 Voice and Speech 
OR
THE 3145 Voice for the Performer 3
ENG 3215 Shakespeare Survey 3
ENG Literature for Theatre 3
ENG Literature for Theatre 
(ENG 2210, 3316, 3320, 3514, 3515, 
3550, 3555, 4405, 4421, 4425, 4430) 3

MAJOR/GE CAPSTONE 3
THE 4900 Senior Seminar in Theatre

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS(5) 36

REQUIRED COURSES 18
THE 1100 Acting I 3
THE 2300 Technical Theatre Production 3
THE 2301-6 or 4301-4 Theatre Lab+ 3
+Each course is .5 credits; six semesters required.
THE 3700 Script Analysis and Dramaturgy 3
THE 3710 World Theatre I 3
THE 3720 World Theatre II 3

MAJOR ELECTIVES THEATRE 18
Choose one course each from 
areas I, II, and III 9
Area I (Performance) 
THE 2110, 2150, 3120, 3140, 
3150, 3160, 4100, 4110, 4150
Area II (Design and Technology) 
THE 3310, 3320, 3330, 3335, 
3340, 3345, 3350, 3510, 4300
Area III (Directing and Administration) 
THE 3400, 3450, 3460, 4400
Choose three additional courses from 
any area of theatre electives 9

FREE ELECTIVES 28-33
Selected with advisement. At least 50% must be at 3000 level or above. 4 credits may be in theatre.

TOTAL 124

Notes: All those wishing to enter the BA program must successfully pass an audition/portfolio review and interview, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. Once the student is within the BA program, they must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5. 
(1) Required of all Freshmen and Transfers with fewer than 10 credits.
(2) See prerequisites and corequisites.
(3) Additional 3 credit course paired with Reading may be required by placement testing.
(4) Not required of students with a second major, minor, or collateral.
(5) Require a grade of C or better.
* Required Distribution Course

MINOR IN THEATRE


REQUIREMENTS 19
THE 1000 Introduction to Theatre 3
THE 1100 Acting I 3
THE 2300 Technical Theatre Production 3
Three Theatre courses of which 
two must be 3000-4000 level 9
Two semesters of Theatre Lab 1

MINOR IN DANCE


REQUIREMENTS 10
DANC 2300 Dance Prod 3 
DANC 2301 Dance Lab (.5 credit to be taken twice) 1 
DANC 2710 Dance History 3 
DANC 3400 Dance Comp 3 

 

Select 9 credits from the following

DANC 2110 Tech/TheoryBallet 2

DANC 2120 Tech/Theory Modn 2

DANC 2130 Tech/Theory Jazz 2

DANC 2140 Musical Theatre* 1

DANC 3110 Adv Ballet* 1

DANC 3120 Adv Modern* 1

DANC 3130 Adv Jazz* 1

DANC 3200 Theories & Methods of Creative Movement 3

 

* Course may be repeated for up to 4 credits

19 total credits

BFA IN THEATRE PERFORMANCE DEGREE 130

GENERAL EDUCATION AND ADDITIONAL LIBERAL ARTS REQUIREMENTS 32
FOUNDATIONS REQUIREMENTS2 133
GE 1000 Transition to Kean(1) 1
ENG 1030 College Composition 3
MATH 1000 Algebra for College Students
OR
MATH 1010 Foundations in Mathematics 3
ENG 1030 College Composition 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication as Critical Citizenship 3
GE 2025 Research and Technology 3

DISCIPLINARY/INTERDISCIPLINARY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS 
Humanities 6
*ENG 2403 World Literature 3
Select one from the following: 3
MUS 1000 Music Survey 
OR
MUS 1050 Music Fundamentals 3
Art History or Fine Arts 
Philosophy or Religion 
Foreign Languages 
(Must take I & II for credit)
Interdisciplinary 
Social and Behavioral Sciences 6
*HIST 1000 History of Civil Society in America 3
Select one of the following: 6
PSY 1000 General Psychology 
Economics or Geography 
Political Science 
Sociology or Anthropology 
Interdisciplinary 
Science & Mathematics 7
*MATH or CPS 3
(Select one lab science) 4
Biology 
Chemistry or Physics
Astronomy, Earth Sci., or Geology

MAJOR/GE CAPSTONE 3
THE 4150 Acting as a Profession 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS 32
Theatre Electives/Supporting Courses
All Theatre Elective Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
ENG 3215 Shakespeare Survey 3
MUS 3600 Private Studio Voice 
(Complete 6 semesters) 6
Select one of the following: 3
THE 3350 Stage Makeup or
THE 3330 Western Costume History
Select three courses from the approved Theatre Literature list: 9
(ENG 2210, 3316, 3320, 3514, 3515, 
3550, 3555, 4405, 4421, 4425, 4430)
Select four cr. in Dance:
PED or DANC 4 Select 9 s.h. from approved 
theatre electives list 9
(available in Department of Theatre office)

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS 49

THEATRE FOUNDATION 19
All foundation courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.)
THE 1000 Introduction to Theatre 3
THE 1100 Acting I 3
THE 2300 Technical Theatre Production 3
THE 2301-6 Theatre Laboratory Lab 1 .5
 Lab 2 .5
THE 3700 Script Analysis and Dramaturgy 3
THE 3710 World Theatre I (WE) 3 
THE 3720 World Theatre II (WE) 3

THEATRE PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS 30
(All performance courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or better)
THE 2110 Movement for the Actor 3
THE 2150 Period Styles of Acting 3
(formerly THE 3100)
THE 3120 Advanced Movement 3
THE 3140 Improvisation 3
THE 3145 Voice for the Performer 3
THE 3150 Contemporary Acting Techniques 3
(formerly THE 2100)
THE 3160 Speak the Speech 3
THE 3400 Directing I 3
THE 4100 Acting for the Camera 3
THE 4110 Stage Dialects 3

FREE ELECTIVES 12
(1) Required of all Freshmen and Transfers with fewer than 10 credits.
(2) See prerequisites and corequisites.
(3) Additional 3 credit course paired with Reading may be required by placement testing.
(4) A maximum of two C’s in all academic major courses. All other grades in academic major courses must be a B-.
(5) Eng 1030 and Comm 1402 require a grade of B- or better.
*Required Distribution Course

Additional BFA Theatre Performance Program Notes
Those wishing to enter the BFA program must successfully pass an audition, interview, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.7. Students may audition before or during their Freshman year for consideration for admission. The freshman year is considered the “Pre-BFA Year 1: Fundamentals of the Theatre Arts.” At the end of the Freshman year, the student must again pass an audition and have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 for continuation into “Year 2: Foundations of Performance.” At the end of the Sophomore year, the student must again pass an audition and have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 for continuation into “Year 3: Performance Techniques.” At the end of this Junior year, the student must again pass an audition and have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 for continuation into “Year 4: Auditions and Performance.”
BFA students in Theatre Performance are required to audition for all departmental main stage productions. BFA students are expected to perform as cast.
BFA students in Theatre Performance are encouraged to audition off-campus. Acceptance of off-campus roles is allowed with approval of the Department Chair.
Assessment will be held in April of each year to determine if academic and technical proficiency standards have been met for retention in the program.
GPA for admission: A cumulative GPA of 2.7 is required for admission to the degree.
GPA to graduate: A cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be maintained in major courses and a 2.5 overall cumulative GPA is required for graduation.
APPROVED THEATRE ELECTIVES FOR BFA in Theatre Performance:
Area II - Design/Tech: THE 3310, 3320, 3330, 3335, 3345, 3340, 3350, 3510, 4300
Area III - Directing/Administration/Management: THE 3400, 3450, 4250
Area V - Experiential Theatre: THE 3820, 3830, 3840, 4850, 4860
Area VI - Independent Study /Issues / Co-ops: THE 3963, 3975, 3976, 3977, 4955, 4956, 4957, ID 3331-3

BFA IN THEATRE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY 

GENERAL EDUCATION AND ADDITIONAL LIBERAL ARTS REQUIREMENTS 33-34
FOUNDATIONS REQUIREMENTS2 133
GE 1000 Transition to Kean(1) 1
MATH 1000 Algebra for College Students 3
ENG 1030 College Composition
OR
MATH 1010 Foundations of Mathematics 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication as Critical Citizenship 3
GE 2025 Research and Technology 3

DISCIPLINARY/INTERDISCIPLINARY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS 
Humanities 6
*ENG 2403 World Literature 3
Select one course from the following: 3
AH 1701 Art History II
FA 2300 Visual Thinking 
ID 3230 Understanding Images
Philosophy or Religion or Music or 
Foreign Languages or Interdisciplinary 
Social and Behavioral Sciences 6
*HIST 1000 History of Civil Society in America 3
Select one of the following: 3
Economics or Geography 
Political Science 
PSY 1000 General Psychology 
Sociology or Anthropology 
Interdisciplinary 
Science & Mathematics 7
*MATH or CPS 3
Select one lab science: 4
Biology 
Chemistry or Physics
Astr, Geol, or Metr

MAJOR/GE CAPSTONE 3
(Must be passed with grade of “B” or better)
THE 3963 Issues: Portfolio Preparation
OR
THE 4350 Portfolio Preparation

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS 30-33
(All Theatre elective/supporting courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better) 
ENG 3215 Shakespeare Survey 3
One course from the approved 
Theatre Literature list 3
(ENG 2210, 3316, 3320, 3514, 3515, 
3550, 3555, 4405, 4421, 4425, 4430)
Select one of the following: 3-6
THE 3400 Directing I 
THE 3820 Children’s Theatre on Tour 
THE 3830 Kean Players on Tour 
THE 3840 Summer Theatre 
Workshop (6)
Select 12 s.h. from approved 
theatre courses (list in 
Department of Theatre office) 12
Select 9 s.h. from approved 
supportive courses (list in 
Department of Theatre office) 9

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS(5) 53

THEATRE FOUNDATION 12
All foundation courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.)
THE 1000 Introduction to Theatre 3
THE 1100 Acting I 3
THE 3700 Script Analysis and Dramaturgy 3
THE 3710 World Theatre I (WE) 3
THE 3720 World Theatre II (WE) 3

THEATRE DESIGN/TECH REQUIREMENTS 41
THE 1000 Introduction to Theatre 3
THE 2300 Technical Theatre Production 3
THE 2301-6 Theatre Laboratory Lab 1 .5
 Lab 2 .5
THE 4301-6 BFA Theatre Lab. Lab 3 .5
 Lab 4 .5
 Lab 5 .5
 Lab 6 .5
 Lab 7 .5
 Lab 8 .5
ID 3341-3 Behind the Scenes 7
THE 3365 Drafting and Rendering
OR
THE 3963 Issues: Drawing and Drafting 3
Select two of the following: 6
THE 3335 Scenic Design 
THE 3340 Costume Design 
THE 3345 Lighting Design
Select one of the following: 3
THE 3330 Western Costume History 
FA 3790 Furniture and Interiors 
FA 3792 History of Architecture
Select one of the following: 3
THE 3450 Stage Management 
THE 3560 Theatre Administration 
Approved Business course

FREE ELECTIVES: 12-15 
(1) Required of all Freshmen and Transfers with fewer than 10 credits.
(2) See prerequisites and corequisites.
(3) Additional 3 credit course paired with Reading may be required by placement testing.
(4) A maximum of two C’s in all academic major courses. All other grades in academic major courses must be a B-or better.
(5) Eng 1030 and Comm 1402 require a grade of B- or better.
*Required Distribution Course

Additional BFA in Theatre Design and Technology Program Notes
Those wishing to enter the BFA program must successfully pass a portfolio review, interview, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.7. Students may present their portfolio before or during their freshman year for consideration for admission. The freshman year is considered the “Pre-BFA Year 1: Fundamentals of the Theatre Arts.” 
At the end of the Freshman year, the student must again pass a portfolio review and have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 for continuation into “Year 2: Foundations of Design and Technology.” At the end of this Sophomore year, the student must again pass a portfolio review and have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 for continuation into “Year 3: Design Techniques and Implementation.” At the end of this Junior year, the student must again pass a portfolio review and have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 for continuation into “Year 4: Designing and Implementation.”
BFA students in Theatre Design and Technology are required to participate in either a design and/or technical capacity for all departmental main stage productions. 
BFA students in Theatre Design and Technology are encouraged to design and provide technical support for theatre productions off campus. Acceptance of off-campus production work is allowed with approval of the Department Chair.
Assessment will be held in April of each year to determine if academic and technical proficiency standards have been met for retention in the program.
GPA for admission: A cumulative GPA of 2.7 is required for admission to the degree.
GPA to graduate: A cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be maintained in major courses and a 2.5 overall cumulative GPA is required for graduation.

Approved Theatre Electives for BFA in Theatre Design and Technology:
Area I - Acting: THE 2110, 2150, 3120, 3140, 3150, 3160, 4100, 4110, 4150
Area II - Design/Tech: THE 2355, 3310, 3320, 3330, 3335, 3345, 3340, 3510, 4300
Area III - Directing/Administration/
Management: THE 3400, 3450, 4250
Area V - Experiential Theatre: THE 3820, 3830, 3840, 4850, 4860
Area VI - Independent Study/Issues/Co-ops: THE 3963, 3975, 3976, 3977, 4955, 4956, 4957, ID 3331-3

B.A. IN THEATRE 137

OPTION: SECONDARY EDUCATION CERTIFICATION 
Students choosing this option must make a formal application for admission to the Middle and Secondary Education Department. Prior to taking education courses, all prerequisites must be met. 
GENERAL EDUCATION AND ADDITIONAL LIBERAL ARTS REQUIREMENTS 48-49
FOUNDATIONS REQUIREMENTS2 13
GE 1000 Transition to Kean(1) 1
ENG 1030 College Composition(4) 3
MATH 1000, 1010, 1016, 1030, or 1054 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication as Critical Citizenship4 3
GE 2025 Research and Technology 3

DISCIPLINARY/INTERDISCIPLINARY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS 
Humanities 9
THE 1000 Introduction to Theatre 3
*ENG 2403 World Literature 3
Fine Arts OR Art History 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 9
HIST 1000 History of Civil Society in America 3
PSY 1000 General Psychology 3
SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology 
OR
ANTH 1800 Cultural Anthropology 3
Science & Mathematics 10-11
*MATH 10103 3
(Select two from below; one must
be a lab science3)
Biology 3,4
Chemistry or Physics 3,4
Astr, ES, Geol, or Metr 3,4
Interdisciplinary 3,4
Health and Physical Education 4
PED 1101, 1103, 1107, 1151 (dance)
AND
ID 1225 Issues/Values of 
Contemporary Health 3

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS 21
PSY 2100 Child Psychology 3
OR
PSY 2110 Psychology of Adolescence
ID 2955 Disabled Persons in Amer. Soc. 3
THE 3145 Voice for the Performer 
OR
COMM 3410 Voice and Speech 3
ENG 3215 Shakespeare Survey 3
THE 3710 World Theatre I 3
THE 3720 World Theatre II 3
ENG Literature for Theatre 3
(ENG 2210, 3316, 3320, 3514, 3515, 
3550, 3555, 4405, 4421, 4425, 4430)

MAJOR/GE CAPSTONE 3
THE 4220 Topics in Theatre Education(2) 3

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS(3) 41
THE 1100 Acting I 3
THE 2150 Period Acting Styles 3
THE 2300 Technical Theatre Production 3
One of the following: 3
ENG 3010 Playwriting
OR 
THE 3260 Playwriting 
THE 3150 Contemporary Acting Techniques 3
THE 3200 Creative Drama 3
THE 3335 Scene Design 3
THE 3400 Directing I 3
THE 3700 Script Analysis and 
Dramaturgy 3
One of the following: 3
THE 3820 Children’s Theatre on Tour 
OR
THE 3830 Kean Players on Tour
Two of the following: 6 
THE 3240 Children’s Theatre 
THE 3310 Costume Design
THE 3345 Lighting Design
THE 3350 Make-Up 
THE 2301-4 Theatre Lab 2
OR
THE 4301-4 Theatre Lab 

PROFESSIONAL SEQUENCE 30
Sophomore Level
EMSE 2801 Intro to Field Experience2 3
Junior Level
EDUC 3000 Curriculum, Evaluation & Learner2 3
EMSE 3122 Computers in Education 3
THE 3220 Teaching Secondary School Theatre2 3
EDUC 3401 Language Arts/Reading2 3
EMSE 3801 Pre-Professional 
Experience2 2
EMSE 3903 Teaching ELL 
(take w/3801)2 1
Senior Level
EMSE 4801 Professional Internship5 9

CAPSTONE COURSE 3
EDUC 4000 Teacher and the Classroom 3
(1) Required of all Freshmen and Transfers with fewer than 10 credits.
(2) See prerequisites and corequisites.
(3) Major courses, including capstone, require a grade of C or better.
(4) Eng 1030 and Comm 1402 require a grade of B- or better.
(5) Pre-requisite: passing score on appropriate Praxis II test(s).

Notes:
All those wishing to enter the BA Theatre Education program must successfully pass an audition/interview and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75. Once the student is within the BA program, they must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75. This pertains to all education degrees. 
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