Major in Theatre (B.A.)
Theatre Core
THA 100ABeginning Acting3
THA 195Theatre Hour0
THA 212AVoice Production3
THA 240Stagecraft3
THA 279Theatre and Culture: Classical to Modern4
THA 291LTheatre in the Modern Age3
THA 315Performing Shakespeare3
THA 350Advanced Acting3
THA 405Directing4
THA 410Theatrical Styles4
THA 481Internship in Theatre3-4
or THA 490 Theatre Practicum
PEA 114QAJazz Dance2
PEA 115QABallet2
Major *37-38
Chosen Emphasis12-13
General Education49-50
Electives21-24
Total Credits122

Acting/Directing Emphasis

THA 214Stage Combat3
THA 313Auditioning and Acting for the Camera3
Choose two courses from theatre:6
Stage Dialects
Topics in Theatre Arts
Musical Theatre
Total Credits12

Additional Requirement: Acting/ Directing students must participate in a minimum of six Theatre productions. 

Musical Theatre Emphasis

THA 202AProducing and Performing a Musical: Into the Woods 13
THA 360Musical Theatre3
MUL 143AIntroduction to Keyboard Theory 11
MUS 101Music Fundamentals1
MUS 103Introduction to Music Literature2
THA 311Stage Dialects3
or THA 330 Topics in Theatre Arts
or THA 214 Stage Combat
Total Credits13

Additional Requirement: Musical Theatre students must participate in a minimum of six Theatre productions and are encouraged to take voice lessons.

THA 100A • Beginning Acting. 3 Credits.

Art of acting. Workshop experiences to develop personal creative talents through an exploration of performance techniques including movement, improvisation, and stage acting.
Offered: Fall, Spring.

THA 120A • Projects in Performance. 1 Credit.

An individual project in backstage/technical work (set building, props, lights, or costumes) or acting to be done in conjunction with the theatre productions being performed during current semester. Minimum of 30 hours. Class size depends on the needs for the individual production.
Prerequisites: Consent of department. Offered: Fall, Spring even # years

THA 195 • Theatre Hour. 0 Credit.

Attendance of two performances at an area theatre and discussion of topics of significance to theatre artists.
Grade exceptions: Graded on an S/U basis. Offered: Fall, Spring. Special Notes: Theatre majors must register each semester in residence in order to complete the theatre attendance requirement for graduation.

THA 202A • Producing and Performing a Musical: Into the Woods. 3 Credits.

An intensive experience in the production and performance of a musical. Instruction and coaching in the unique art of musical theatre as well as direct involvement in all aspects of mounting a show according to a professional summer stock or repertory model.
Prerequisites: Audition for and be cast in the show. Offered: Interim, odd # years

THA 212A • Voice Production. 3 Credits.

A group-intensive laboratory designed to explore the art of using the voice. Key skills such as projection, articulation, vocal flexibility, and vocal exercises designed to broaden and develop the vocal instrument.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. Offered: Fall 2019.

THA 214 • Stage Combat. 3 Credits.

A group-intensive laboratory designed to explore special areas in theatre. Students will learn techniques of stage combat and movement including unarmed, quarterstaff, and rapier.
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Offered: Spring.

THA 220 • Projects in Performance. 1 Credit.

An individual project in acting, stage-managing, or design to be done in conjunction with the theatre productions being performed during current semester.
Prerequisites: Casting in a production or consent of department. Special Notes: Maximum of 1 credit per area, per semester and 4 credits per four years. Offered: Fall, Interim, Spring.

THA 240 • Stagecraft. 3 Credits.

Techniques used to mount a theatre production through developing and adapting the skills and creative capabilities inherent in each student. Set construction, painting and dyeing, makeup, and lighting techniques.
Prerequisites: GES 125 or GES 147. Offered: Spring, odd # years.

THA 279 • Theatre and Culture: Classical to Modern. 4 Credits.

Dynamic interrelationship of theatre and culture, focusing on the correlations among a people’s worldview; their religious, philosophical, political, and aesthetic concerns; and their dramatic art as it was brought to life on the stages of their time. Script analysis and theatrical activity of the classical, medieval, Renaissance, and neoclassical periods.
Offered: Fall, odd # years.

THA 291L • Theatre in the Modern Age. 3 Credits.

Theatre’s role as a reflector and instigator of cultural change during the modern period: reli­gious, philosophical, political, social, and aesthetic. The theatrical “isms”: naturalism, realism, surrealism, symbolism, expressionism, and absurdism.
Prerequisites: GES 160; GES 130 or GES 244 (may be taken concurrently). Offered: Spring, even # years.

THA 302 • Producing and Performing a Musical: Into the Woods. 3 Credits.

Additional experience in the production and performance of a musical. Instruction and coaching in the unique art of musical theatre as well as direct involvement in all aspects of mounting a show according to a professional summer stock or repertory model.
Prerequisites: Audition for and be cast in the show; THA 202A. Offered: Interim, odd # years

THA 310 • Design for the Stage. 4 Credits.

Principles of costume, scenery, and lighting design. Training in communicating design through figure drawing, drafting, rendering, and model making.
Prerequisites: GES 125 or GES 147; Sophomore standing. Offered: Occasionally.

THA 311 • Stage Dialects. 3 Credits.

A group-intensive laboratory designed to learn key skills needed to create believable stage dialects such as American Southern, Brooklynese, Standard British, Cockney, Irish, and German. Develop performance skills using dialects.
Prerequisites: THA 100A or consent of instructor; Sophomore standing. Offered: Fall 2018.

THA 313 • Auditioning and Acting for the Camera. 3 Credits.

A group intensive laboratory designed to explore techniques utilized in acting for the camera. Work in scene study, character analysis, and individual performance skills needed in acting for film, auditioning, and creating résumés.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. Offered: Spring, even # years.

THA 315 • Performing Shakespeare. 3 Credits.

The art of performing and acting Shakespeare. Basic key skills such as scansion and antithesis, and performance techniques needed to analyze and interpret Shakespearean text for performance. Group lab experiences and work with Shakespearean scenes and monologues.
Prerequisites: ENL 303 or ENL 321 or THA 350. Offered: Spring, odd # years.

THA 320 • Projects in Performance. 1 Credit.

An individual project in acting, stage-managing, or design to be done in conjunction with the theatre productions being performed during current semester.
Prerequisites: Casting in a production or consent of department. Special Notes: Maximum of 1 credit per area, per semester and 4 credits per four years. Offered: Fall, Interim, Spring, odd # years.

THA 330 • Topics in Theatre Arts. 3 Credits.

A group-intensive laboratory designed to explore special topics in theatre such as playwriting, character/tap dance, theatre for youth and children, and other topics depending on student interest. Students may interact with theatre professionals and develop individual performance skills.
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor; sophomore standing. Offered: Occasionally

THA 350 • Advanced Acting. 3 Credits.

Advanced work in scene study, character analysis, and individual performance skills.
Prerequisites: THA 100A. Offered: Fall, even # years

THA 360 • Musical Theatre. 3 Credits.

The identification and development of a singer-actor’s skills through classroom exercises and assignments utilizing the literature of musical theatre; process and value of group interaction and coaching. Includes various performances.
Prerequisites: THA 100A or THA 202A; or Consent of instructor; Sophomore standing. Offered: Spring, even # years.

THA 405 • Directing. 4 Credits.

Directing fundamentals including: blocking, characterization, how to find and secure rights, playscript interpretation, character analysis, organization and preparing budgets, and director/actor and director/designer relationships. Development of a directoral perspective and process through play analysis and workshop experience.
Prerequisites: THA 350 or consent of instructor. Offered: Fall, even # years.

THA 410 • Theatrical Styles. 4 Credits.

Advanced study of various theatrical styles (Greek, Neoclassic, Commedia, Antirealism, Experimental) from an acting/directing perspective. Analysis of acting and directing theories and workshop exercises.
Prerequisites: THA 405; THA 350 or THA 360. Offered: Spring, odd # years.

THA 420 • Projects in Performance. 1 Credit.

An individual project in acting, stage-managing, or design to be done in conjunction with the theatre productions being performed during current semester.
Prerequisites: Casting in a production or consent of department. Special Notes: Maximum of 1 credit per area, per semester and 4 credits per four years. Offered: Fall, Spring, Interim odd # years.

THA 481 • Internship in Theatre. 3-4 Credits.

Application of skills and knowledge to off-campus theatre situations. Internships may include church, community, professional, or summer stock theatre companies.
Prerequisites: Major in theatre arts. Offered: Fall, interim, spring

THA 490 • Theatre Practicum. 4 Credits.

A culminating theatre project intended to challenge the creativity and professional talents of the senior theatre arts major. Projects may include designing for a major production, performing an acting recital, directing a one-act play, writing a script, or developing an experimental project.
Prerequisites: Major in theatre arts; consent of department. Offered: Fall, interim, spring

Overview

The Ministry Scholars program is Bethel University's 5-year Bachelor's Degree and Master of Arts in Ministry program that reduces cost and time-to-completion by streamlining undergraduate and graduate education. Graduates receive a Bachelor's degree from Bethel University's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and a Master of Arts in Ministry from Bethel Seminary. This program is well suited for a variety of majors who want to become equipped to lead churches, parachurch organizations, and other ministries. It is also a good fit for ministry-minded students who want to pursue bi-vocational ministry or work outside of professional ministry. Students learn from successful ministry leaders and experts in Biblical and Theological Studies, Spiritual and Personal Formation, and Transformational Leadership. This program offers supplemental training resources, cohort-based activities, and mentorship opportunities to prepare ministry-minded students for effective ministry leadership. Students also gain valuable field experience in local churches and ministry settings.

The objectives of the program are that graduates will demonstrate age-appropriate growth and ultimately ministry leadership preparedness in the following domains:

  1. Spiritual life: Students will grow spiritually, deepening their love for, commitment to, and dependence on God, and develop an instinct to trust in God and to connect intimately with God.
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What is Bethel looking for in a Ministry Scholar?

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA (cumulative college grade point average or unweighted high school GPA if the student has less than one year of college experience), and maintenance of 3.0 minimum GPA throughout the duration of the Ministry Scholars program while enrolled at CAS and Seminary.

  • Able to provide a pastoral or ministry leader reference that speaks to the student’s character and call to ministry.

  • Committed to prioritizing activities and retreats offered for Ministry Scholars, enabling the individual to develop a strong sense of community.

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