2015-2016 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2018  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Drama, BS

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James Clark, Chair, Department of Drama
820 East Genesee Street, 315-443-2669, jaclark@syr.edu


James Clark

The Department of Drama’s B.S. degree program provides a balance of drama department classes, liberal arts, and other academic courses. It combines the intensive training of the Drama Department with a broad education in the liberal arts. Students enrolled in the B.S. degree may choose a track (concentration) in Directing, Playwriting, Theater Technology or Acting, provided that they have been admitted to, and have completed a portion of, a Drama BFA program. However, students may be directly admitted into the Theater Management B.S. track.

The new Theater Management track will prepare you for a variety of careers including producing, marketing and public relations, casting, development, and general management. It will also provide you with the chance to develop widely transferable management skills. Working in direct partnership with professionals at Syracuse Stage, you will gain firsthand knowledge of a professional theater company’s operations.

The Acting and Theater Technology tracks in the B.S. program are more broadly focused than the B.F.A. programs. This allows you to tailor your course of studies to your individual interests, and facilitates the pursuit of a minor in an area of your choice, while still enabling you to take advantage of the Department’s many resources - including opportunities to study abroad, and our partnership with Syracuse Stage.


The Theater Management track is the only B.S. track that is currently open to direct application (which includes an interview). All other B.S. tracks are available only to those students who have been admitted to, and completed a portion of, one of our B.F.A. programs.

Program Requirements

The B.S. degree requires 120 credits, including a minimum of 50 credits in the liberal arts, and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C). In addition to the liberal arts distribution of requirements, students must select an 18-credit minor or academic specialization in an academic (non-studio) area of study. They may take additional credits if they wish to satisfy their own interests.

Theatre Laboratory: 0 credits

Minor/Academic Specialization: 18 credits

Drama Electives: 10 credits

Academic Electives 26 credits

Humanities  (6 credits)

Social Sciences  (6 credits)

Sciences  (6 credits)

Free Academic Electives  (8 credits)


It is recommended that the student finds an official minor from a school or college within the University that complements his or her course of study or, in consultation with his or her advisor, selects an academic specialization that is of interest and will enhance the student’s education.

Total Credits Required: 120

Degree Awarded: BS in Drama

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