All undergraduate theatre majors at the University of Georgia must complete a core of theatre courses designed to introduce the various facets of the field of theatre. They include courses in acting, design, play analysis and theatre history. In addition, two courses at one semester hour each are “Applied Drama” courses (THEA 2040 and 2050) involving the student in the actual work of theatre in such areas as costuming, stagecraft, and box office and promotion. THEA 2500 is strongly recommended for the first semester, along with either 3300 or 3500 if possible. In planning their schedules, students should note that Acting I (THEA 3500) is a prerequisite for most upper division acting courses (which are major electives).

Up to date requirements for the degree can be found in the UGA Bulletin. During their first 60 credit hours, the student will work with a professional advisor in the office of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences (with few exceptions). Students may also contact the Student Support Coordinator with specific questions about the major, and should plan to meet with her once they have earned 60 total credit hours in order to be assigned a faculty advisor in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies. Students with double majors should see their advisor in each major department every semester in order to receive complete advisement before registration

Courses Required for the A.B. Degree in Theatre

(for majors declared before fall 2019 -- see below for course requirements starting fall 2019)

Course Title Credit Hours
THEA 2000 OR 2500

Drama Appreciation (Counted in area 6) OR

Theatre as Discipline and Profession (preferred course; offered starting fall 2019; counted in area 6)

THEA 2040 Applied Drama Laboratory (Counted in area 6) - crew assignments for UGA Theatre shows (see Michael O'Connell in Scene Shop) 1
THEA 2050 Applied Drama Laboratory (Counted in area 6) - crew assignments for UGA Theatre shows (see Michael O'Connell in Scene Shop) 1
THEA 3300 Foundations of Performance Design 3
THEA 3500 Acting I: Foundations of Acting 3
THEA 3290 OR 3291H Script Analysis 3
THEA 4210 Theatre and Modernity 3
THEA 4220 Theatre and Society 3
THEA 4230, 4280, 4300, 4400, 4460, 4470, 4480, 4500, 4700, OR 4800  Choose One Additional Theatre History/Lit Course 3
THEA 5110 OR 5600 Stage Management OR Play Direction 3
THEA 5053 Senior Seminar 1
Choose Any five three-hour THEA courses numbered 3000-level or above 15
TOTAL HOURS (not counting Area 6) 37

Area VI Requirements

  • Five hours in THEA: THEA 2000 OR 2500, 2500, or THEA 2100H, THEA 2040, THEA 2050 (also listed above)
  • Six hours in the humanities: choose two 1000/2000-level 3-hour courses from CLAS, CMLT, ENGL, HIST, PHIL, RELI. Also allowed: ITAL 2500, PTSP 2550, ROML 2550, SPAN 2550.
  • Seven hours in 1000/2000-level fine arts: ARHI, ARST, ARTS, DANC, MUSI. Also allowed: COMM 1110, FILM 2120, FILM(AFAM) 2130, THEA 2060, THEA 2110, THEA 2140. THEA 2010 is allowable if taken before declaring the theatre major at UGA.

If any of the courses in Area VI have been used to satisfy Areas II-V of the Core Curriculum, general electives may be taken here. Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting general electives.

Notes about the A.B. Degree in Theatre

  • No course will count toward the major unless it is earned with a grade of “C” or better. Note that a grade of “C-” does not satisfy this requirement.
  • Non-equivalent transfer courses will not satisfy the requirements for the major; all transfer theatre courses must be evaluated by the department if equivalent credit is to be offered. We accept no more than 15 equivalent transfer credits toward major requirements.
  • Students may double major in theatre and film studies, and are allowed to count up to, but no more than, six credit hours (typically two courses) toward both majors. Students interested in such a double major should also note that the Area VI requirements differ slightly between the two majors, and they are responsible for satisfying both sets of requirements.
  • Franklin College requires in core Area IV study of a foreign language through the third semester or its equivalent.
  • STUDENTS CAN GET CREDIT FOR UNIVERSITY THEATRE SHOWS (acting, stage management, assistant directing, design, etc.) with THEA 5080. You can take up to three credit hours, and take the course twice. If you take three credit hours, that would count as a theatre major elective. You can get this credit during the semester you do the work or the semester immediately following. You can’t decide to take the credit a year later or more.
  • Once a student reaches 60 credit hours, they will need to be assigned a departmental advisor (see Dina Canup).
  • Check the UGA Bulletin for the most current UGA, Franklin College, and departmental requirements, and for most accurate course descriptions.

In place of graduation checks, students now apply to graduate. They can do this up to two semesters ahead; for example, in spring, they can apply for fall. This triggers the graduation advising office to check to see if they have missing requirements or are on track. 

Students can also check in with Dina Canup if they are over 90 credit hours but not yet able to apply to graduate, for an unofficial pre-check (especially regarding issues with how transfer credits are showing up, area 6, or departmental requirements) in addition to meeting with their departmental advisor (this should never replace meeting with their departmental advisor each semester). In some cases, Dina may refer students to the graduation advisor for an e-grad check if it seems useful, though it will not be necessary in most cases.

Students should apply to graduate as soon as they are able so that they can make any schedule adjustments that seem prudent. 


Due to changing degree requirements and class offerings, if students notice some courses (ex: THEA history options, THEA 2500, ARST in area 6, etc.) are not showing up correctly in Degreeworks, see Dina. She can verify which classes should count where, and request individual exceptions be made in Degreeworks if needed.

The new major requirements plus areas of emphasis will be available starting Fall 2019, (subject to NAST approval). Students who wish may change to the Fall 2019 Bulletin term once it is available. To read more about these upcoming changes, click here