University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    
    Apr 21, 2024  
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Theatre (Acting Specialization), B.A.


Students selecting the Acting Specialization are trained in a variety of perspectives.  Our courses begin with Stanislavski’s emphasis on character-based action, objective, and truth.  The curriculum expands to embrace psychological realism as defined by the American Method juxtaposed with technique classes developing expressiveness in the voice and body.  These skills are synthesized and applied to the work of Shakespeare and heightened styles of performance.  Course work is enhanced with main stage acting experience where undergraduate students receive priority casting; there is no competition from graduate students.  Undergraduate actors profit from individualized mentoring by faculty directors amplifying personal growth and collaborative creation.  Because acting demands knowledge of psychology, history, and language, the acting specialization is enhanced by a liberal arts education, complemented by a course dedicated to preparation for career opportunities in the performing arts or graduate school.  

https://www.unr.edu/assessment/plans/liberal-arts

Contact Information


Department of Theatre and Dance
Church Fine Arts Complex 017
(775) 784-6829
Website: https://www.unr.edu/theatre-dance

College of Liberal Arts Advising: http://www.unr.edu/liberal-arts/student-resources/academic-advising

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno


Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements


  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement |  30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 42 Upper-Division Units
  • Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units

I. Core General Education Requirements (24-27 units)


NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course description.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3


B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units minimum) - CO2


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO2 courses .

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO4/CO4L courses .

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7


F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8


Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog. 

II. Additional Core Requirements (6 units maximum)


Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO9  courses.

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10


C. Global Contexts - CO11


D. Ethics - CO12


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO12  courses.

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13


F. Application Course - CO14


III. Additional College Requirements (6-20 units)


Units may vary depending on initial course placement in foreign language coursework.

A. Foreign Language (0-14 units)


Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equal to a fourth semester course level through one of the following options:

  1. complete a fourth semester college course in a foreign language or in American Sign Language;
  2. demonstrate proficiency through a means determined by the Department of World Languages and Literatures including but not limited to minimum standardized test scores (CBAPE, SAT II, or IB), attaining a minimum aptitude on an accredited foreign language assessment test, or providing transcript evidence of a high school or equivalent diploma in which English was not the language of instruction; or,
  3. participate in a studies abroad language program pre-approved by the Department of World Languages and Literatures to meet the foreign language requirement. 

Note: Four years of high school foreign language instruction does not automatically satisfy this requirement.

B. College Breadth Requirement (6 units)


Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in the college shall be required to take, within the College of Liberal Arts, 6 units that are outside the departments in which they major or minor, and that exclude courses taken to fulfill the Core General Education requirements (Core Objectives 1 through 8).

IV. Major Requirements (35 units)


Theatre BA Foundation (17 units)


V. Minor Requirements (18-21 units)


The Department of Theatre and Dance accepts any minor approved by the College of Liberal Arts.

VI. Electives (11-31 units)


VII. Recommended Schedule


First Year


Fall Semester (15 units)


Spring Semester (16 units)


Second Year


Fall Semester (14 units)


Spring Semester (16 units)


Third Year


Fall Semester (16 units)


Spring Semester (16 units)


Fourth Year


Fall Semester (16 units)


Spring Semester (11 units)