Theatre/Dance Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a robust liberal arts degree program, leading to the BA in Theatre.  The department also offers a minor in Theatre.  (Our Dance Minor is currently paused.) Information about all our program tracks can be found below.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at Cal State LA choose their degree track by declaring either the Performance Option or the Design & Production Option. 

Students in both options take a core of required theatre courses totaling 29 units. This core coursework consists of Acting I, Theatre Analysis, a lower division Dance course, two tech courses with requisite labs, studies in theatre history/research/writing, Principles of Directing, Praxis. 

The purpose of this core coursework is to develop well-rounded artists who possess a breadth and depth of knowledge which will serve whatever professional or personal artistic goals they seek.

BA in Theatre, Performance Option

Five actors onstage in King Hall Studio in a scene from "Funnyhouse of a Negro"

Do you have a passion for being onstage?  Want to further develop your actor's toolkit?  Our Performance Option may be the degree track for you.  Learn more about the program requirements and coursework.

BA in Theatre, Design & Production Option

A seated row of students in an audio production class, each wearing headphones.

If backstage work or design excites you more than being onstage, then might we suggest our Design & Production Option?  Learn more about the program requirements and coursework.

The Minor in Theatre

A wide shot of a past production of Hair, complete with Volkswagen bus onstage.

Our theatre minor is a good fit for those who love theatre and want to study it but are pursuing their degree work in a different field.  Learn more about our 24 unit theatre minor here.