Mar 25, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]


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Department of Theatre

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Williams Theatre 128  260-481-6551

Degree programs offered by the Department of Theatre provide comprehensive training for the theatre profession and explore theatre’s 2,000-year history and literature. Through its programs, the department seeks to provide the finest in undergraduate education by providing a professional curriculum that embodies defined objectives and comprehensive performance/production training. Students study both content (dramatic literature, theory and criticism, and theatre history) and process (acting, directing, musical theatre, design, and production).

The department offers both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, which is a professional training degree, and a Bachelor of Arts in theatre, which is a degree that provides breadth of study in the liberal arts tradition. The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre requires each major to choose a concentration in either: acting, musical theatre, design/technology and directing. Bachelor of Arts Theatre Majors may elect not to complete one of the concentrations, if they claim either a major or a minor in a department other than Theatre. If, during the course of study, the student drops this major or minor in another department, the Theatre major must then complete one of Theatre’s four concentrations to graduate.

A Minor in Theatre is available to students who are interested in theatre but are pursuing a PFW bachelor’s degree in another subject.


Purdue University Fort Wayne is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Special Academic Regulations


You must earn a grade of C- or better in each required theatre course and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher for all courses you have completed. You are placed on academic probation if you do not meet this requirement to maintain an overall 2.0 GPA.

Dismissal and Readmission

If you are on probation and do not correct academic deficiencies during your next semester of enrollment, you will be dismissed from the Theatre program.

If you are dismissed from the Theatre program, you may seek readmission under the university guidelines specified in Regulations of this Catalog.

Time Limit

You must complete the degree requirements specified in the catalog in effect at the time you were regularly admitted to the university. However, to ensure that you will be professionally competitive with other members of your graduating class, you may be required to satisfy the degree requirements specified in the most current catalog if you have not completed all requirements for your degree within seven years from the date of your admission.

Degree Requirements

  • You may not use a single course to fulfill more than one Department of Theatre requirement.
  • A student may elect the Pass/Not-Pass grading option for non-degree elective courses only. The Pass/Not-Pass grading option is not available for General Education or any electives required for the major.

Department Handbook

Detailed information regarding requirements, policies, and practices of the department is included in a theatre student handbook available on the Department of Theatre’s website. All theatre majors must comply with the requirements specified in the handbook.


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