Jul 24, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre: Secondary Education Concentration, B.A.

Theatre (TR)

The Department of Theatre provides undergraduate education consistent with the University’s liberal arts and professional emphases. The B.A. degree in Theatre is more of a theatre general studies program, while the concentrations with both the B.A. and the B.F.A. are professional undergraduate degrees in a liberal arts setting. 

The faculty assist with student career pathways and meeting professional and personal goals within the B.A. or B.F.A. Theatre faculty members have devised B.A. and B.F.A. curricula based on the latest approaches to and knowledge of the performance, design/technical, and historical/theoretical branches of the field. The B.A. is more of an overview of these three branches, while the B.F.A. concentrations allow for just that: a concentrated study of one professional area. The B.F.A. is responsive to the needs of the professional areas of acting, directing, design/technical theatre, and musical theatre. Unlike our conservatory competitors, the B.F.A. is firmly situated within a liberal arts university, and this is one of our program’s strongest assets. 

Degrees/Certificates offered:

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Theatre with concentrations in:

Students may also have an emphasis in Green Theatre Practices and Theatre for Young Audiences. ​

Core Requirements

All students must complete the Avila University Core Curriculum as a part of their degree programs. The Core consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours that meet the requirements listed below. Please go to Core Curriculum  for more information and to view all Core classes.

Skills Level (7 credit hours)

Develops fundamental skills key for both academic and professional success.

  • Composition (3)
  • Communication (3)
  • First Year Seminar (1) - waived for transfer students

Liberal Arts Level (25 credit hours)

Provides diverse disciplinary lenses through which to examine the world. Concepts learned and viewpoints experiences at this level promote critical thinking and ethical decision-making with reference to real-life situations across the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and arts.

  • Arts (3)
  • History (3)
  • Literature/Rhetoric (3)
  • Mathematics (3)
  • Natural Science (4) - must include a lab
  • Philosophy (3)
  • Religious Studies (3)
  • Social Sciences (3)

Core Component Designations (6-12 credit hours)

Focuses on seeing beyond the self, immediate community, or chosen discipline. Designations include Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Studies, and Community Engagement, all of which call for application of learning across boundaries.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies (6)
  • Global Studies or Community Engagement (6)

Secondary Education Concentration

With Secondary Education minor, total hours for this concentration is 136 credit hours. The State of Missouri has approved the following program in Speech and Theatre Education:

Technology Requirement

Computer competency will be demonstrated by successful completion of: 


In addition to the degree requirements stated earlier in this catalog, upon graduation an Avila University Theatre major will have demonstrated the ability to:

Theatre B.A. and B.F.A. Outcomes

  • Upon graduation an Avila University theatre major will have demonstrated the ability to place text and production in an historical and theoretical context. (TR 223  and TR 499 )
  • Upon graduation an Avila University theatre major will have demonstrated the ability to display a basic knowledge of acting technique and character development. (TR 271  and TR 499 )
  • Upon graduation an Avila University theatre major will have demonstrated the ability to display a basic knowledge of elemental technical theatre techniques. (TR 251  and TR 499 )

      *Musical Theatre BFA has a choice of the capstone of either TR 499  or MU 498 

Upon graduation an Avila University theatre major with a musical theatre concentration will have demonstrated the ability to place music in proper historical social context; define and apply appropriate vocabulary and terminology to music and demonstrate the comprehensive knowledge of music through performance. (MU 498 )

In addition, the B.F.A graduate will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Acting: Recognize, distinguish, and implement a range of acting styles. (TR 471 )
  • Directing:  Direct (analyze and realize) a dramatic work. (TR 463 )
  • Design and Technology:  Communicate concepts and ideas visually and orally. (TR 451 )
  • Musical Theatre:  Realize a musical theatre character from printed word to performance. (TR 377 )
  • Musical Theatre:  Demonstrate knowledge of harmony, melody and rhythm through analysis. (MU 272 )


The outcomes for the Theatre major are assessed through a combination of written and performance projects. The assessment process culminates in the senior capstone. Each major (both BA and BFA) must complete the capstone in the major, which is 1) performance-based with a written component and, 2) is supervised and evaluated by a faculty mentor.

Secondary Education Outcomes & Assessment

The Secondary Education outcomes and assessment statements can be found under the Secondary Education minor.


Grades of CR/NC are not permitted with the Theatre major requirements.