Bachelor's Degree in Theatre and Dance

Department of Theatre and Dance

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major: Theatre and Dance
Hours: 120

Bachelor of Science - Theatre and Dance

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Degree Description

The Lamar University Bachelor of Science Degree in Theatre and Dance provides a well-balanced, unique curriculum for both theatre and dance students that prepares you to enter professional careers, teaching professions or other related fields.

Based on your interests and talent, you choose an emphasis area in acting, dance or design and tech. Courses in your emphasis area concentrate on focusing your particular skills, knowledge and capacities, while courses in the professional program give you the foundation necessary to be successful on a variety of levels. Watch the faculty interview to learn more about Lamar University's Theatre and Dance program.

Why Study Theatre and Dance at Lamar?

Studying for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Theatre and Dance at Lamar University gives you access to a wide variety of our university's resources. LU Theatre's three stages serve as laboratories for hands-on training. You participate in all phases of our production program, including a wide range of theatrical works and dance concerts on-campus and throughout the state and nation.

Theatre and Dance majors frequently benefit from nationally renowned guest artists who speak and perform on campus, sharing their experience and knowledge with you. A variety of departmental and college-endowed scholarships and departmental assistantships are available to qualified students.

Courses You May Take

ProductionThis course will provide you with practical experience for productions in the areas of scenic/property construction, costume construction, stage lighting, public relations/box office, acting, dancing and all other aspects of performance.

Fundamentals of Directing: You'll learn introductory principles for directing for the stage. In-class exercises address methods of conceptualizing a production, analyzing a text, staging and working with actors and designers.

Fundamentals of Acting: This course covers introductory principles and practice for basic acting training, with an emphasis on the methods of Stanislavski.

Theatre Dance Forms: You'll get an overview of various dance styles of noted choreographs in arts dance. This course includes both lecture and studio experience.

Career Paths

In addition to professional theater, you might choose to work in film, television, radio, commercials and modeling. There are also opportunities, particularly in design and technical theater, for employment by opera and dance companies or by amusement industries. However, not all theater majors choose to pursue careers in the performing arts. Instead, you can use the communication skills, the understanding and appreciation of the humanities and the personal growth and development that you gain in the degree program to enter such fields as law, public relations, business, banking and administration. You might also go on to continue your education to earn a graduate or postgraduate degree.

Primary Careers

Performer, producer, designer

Career Areas

  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Technical design
  • Fine arts education/instruction

Median Salary


Types of Employers

  • Regional/commercial theaters
  • Summer stock theaters
  • Dinner and children's theaters
  • University theater groups
  • Touring companies
  • Cruise and entertainment lines
  • Amusement and theme parks
  • Radio, television, film studios