Media and Screen Studies and Theatre, BA

This major is designed for students who want to combine a knowledge of the art of theatre with the theories and conceptual frameworks of media and film studies. It offers both classroom and experiential learning in areas of acting, directing, playwriting, and design with related studies in screenwriting, media technology, and media production. Students have an opportunity to develop a personalized technique for the practices of making theatre, film, and television as engaged citizens and creative artists.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

NUpath requirements Creative Expression/Innovation (EI), Interpreting Culture (IC) and Societies and Institutions (SI) are met through the major course requirements. 

NUpath requirements Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ), Analyzing and Using Data (AD), Difference and Diversity (DD), and Ethical Reasoning (ER) may be met through electives in the major.

NUpath requirement Natural and Designed World (ND) must be met through general electives.

Media and Screen Studies Requirements

Media and Screen Studies Common Requirement
MSCR 1220Media, Culture, and Society4
MSCR 1320Media and Social Change4
or MSCR 1420 Media History
Foundation Courses
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Film Production
Understanding Media
Diversity or Globalization Course
Complete one of the following:4
Gender and Film
Global Media
Digital Feminisms
Media and Identity
Writing Intensive
Complete two of the following:8
Digital Feminisms
Film Theory
Digital Media Culture
Media Audiences
TV History

Media and Screen Studies Electives

Complete three courses from MSCR or from the following:12
Video Basics
Video: Sound and Image
Experimental Video
Sound Production for Digital Media
Television Field Production
Television Studio Production
Digital Editing for TV
Special Effects and Postproduction for Television
Production Capstone

Theatre Requirements

Foundational Stages
THTR 1101Introduction to Theatre4
THTR 1120Acting 14
THTR 1131Technical Theatre 14
THTR 1270Introduction to Theatrical Design4
THTR 2325From Script to Stage4
Theatre Texts and Context
Complete one of the following:4
Classics of Global Theatre
Rebels of Modern Drama
Classics of 20th-Century American Drama
Theatre and Society
Making Theatre
THTR 1100Production Experience 11
THTR 2000Production Experience 21
Intermediate or Advanced Technique
Complete two of the following:8
Classics of Global Theatre
History of Musical Theatre
Rebels of Modern Drama
Classics of 20th-Century American Drama
Playwriting
Theatre and Society
Acting 2
Acting for the Camera
Viewpoints
Lighting Design
Costume Design
Scenic Design
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Theatre
Voice and Speech for the Actor
Creative Storytelling for Social Engagement
Queer Theatre and Performance
Devised Theatre Project: Collaborative Performance
Designing Combat for the Stage
Acting 3—Playing Shakespeare
Directing for the Stage
Musical Theatre Performance 2

Integrative Requirement

Media and Screen Studies Capstone
MSCR 4623Theories of Media and Culture4
Theatre Capstone
THTR 4702Capstone Rehearsal and Performance4

Media and Screen Studies Grade Requirement

No more than two grades below a C in media and screen studies courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements

Program Requirement

130 total semester hours required

Sample Four Years, Two Co-ops

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR 10001MSCR 1320 or 14204Elective4Elective4
MSCR 12204MSCR Foundation4Elective4Elective4
THTR 11014THTR 11314  
THTR 11204THTR 12704  
ENGW 11114   
 17 16 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR Diversity/Globalization4Co-opCo-opForeign language core course4
MSCR Elective4  Elective4
THTR 23254   
THTR texts and context elective4   
EEAM 20001   
THTR 11001   
 18 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR Writing Intensive4Co-opCo-opElective4
MSCR Elective4  Elective4
Intermediate or advanced technique elective4   
Foreign language core course4   
THTR 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
MSCR Writing Intensive4MSCR 46234  
Intermediate or advanced technique elective4MSCR Elective4  
Foreign language core course4Elective4  
THTR 47024Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 132