Degree:Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Department:Building 82, Room 292
College:Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
CIP Code:50.0501
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

The Bachelor of Arts in Performance Studies is a degree that allows the flexibility to explore many different aspects of theatre. Students are encouraged to audition for all the shows and participate backstage in the areas they are interested. 

Program Requirements

In addition to general University requirements, students seeking the BA in Theatre must meet the requirements below:

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.00 or higher
  • A grade of "C" or better is required in all Theatre courses

Required Prior to Admission to BA Theatre:

  • A "B" or better in THE 2000 Theatre Appreciation or equivalent course.

BFA Acting, Design & Technology, and Musical Theatre majors may not earn this major.

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy. The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and an exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b)

Common Prerequisites

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

THE 2000Theatre Appreciation *3
THE 2300Survey of Dramatic Literature *3
THE 2925Play Production1
TPA 2200+LTechnical Theatre (+Lab)4
THE, TPA, TPP prefix lower division electives9
Choose one of the following:1-3
Acting I
Rehearsal and Performance
Total Hours21-23

 Indicates common prerequisites which can be used to satisfy General Education requirements.

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.7-9
Total Hours7-9



Theatre Core:25
Introduction to Stage Makeup
Theatrical Production & Performance (1 sh for 4 semesters) +
History of Theatre I +
History of Theatre II +
Dramatic Literature II +
Play Directing +
Script Analysis +
Senior Project +
Performance Studies18
Choose four of the following:
Stage Management +
Musical Theatre History +
Acting Improvisation +
Costume History +
Architecture and Decor +
Performing Arts Administration +
Choose two of the following:
Lighting Design I +
Scene Design I +
Costume Design I +
Total Hours43

Courses included in the major GPA

Upper Division Electives

Student must complete sufficient 3000/4000 level electives to meet UWF’s requirement of 48 sh in the upper division or complete all departmental requirements at the 3000/4000 level, whichever is greater.17
Total Hours17


The Minor in Theatre requires 21 sh of theatre courses, which must include:

  • 2 sh of Theatrical Production and Performance Laboratory
  • One acting course
  • Technical Theatre + lab
  • 12 sh of approved upper division theatre courses
TPP XXXX Acting Course3
THE 3092Theatrical Production & Performance2
TPA 2200Technical Theatre3
TPA 2290LTechnical Theatre Laboratory1
3000/4000 Level Advisor Approved Electives12
Total Hours21

A grade of “C” or higher is required in all courses in the minor. The minor must be declared prior to the completion of two courses. Theatre majors may not earn this minor.