Programs offered
  • Theatre (major, minor, and emphases)
  • Costume Design and Production (major and minor)

The study of theatre provides you with opportunities to explore personal values, develop personal skills, and acquire techniques of insight and critical reasoning — all within a distinctive philosophical and artistic environment.

When you major or minor in Theatre, you will be exposed to a sizable body of dramatic literature, theory, and historical study, leading to the development of an informed perspective of the role of theatre as a social, spiritual, and artistic institution. The experience is a liberalizing one, designed to allow you to explore and develop yourself as both an individual and an artist.

Find out more about this department’s mission, vision, and learning outcomes.

Theatre (BA)

The Theatre major provides you with opportunities to explore personal values, develop personal skills, and acquire techniques of insight and critical reasoning — all within a distinctive philosophical and artistic environment.

  • A minimum 80 credits are required for this major and its emphases, including 30 upper-division credits.
  • This major includes four emphases: Performance, Production & Design, Theatre Studies, and Teaching.
  • The Teaching emphasis provides a foundation toward P-12 Certification or teaching endorsements through the School of Education.
  • Many of the courses focus on skills associated with performance, playwriting, directing, designing, and technical theatre crafts.
  • An extensive production program is maintained.
  • You must demonstrate a growing ability in theatrical criticism, artistic awareness, and personal theatrical skills.
  • You must complete a Senior Project in acting, directing, design, technical direction, or playwriting. Your project must include both an approved prospectus and some form of public demonstration made during your senior year.

Senior Project

Your Senior Project will be developed with faculty advisor consultation and approved by the theatre faculty. It is expected to be the independent work of a mature student artist.

This project is considered the culmination of your undergraduate training and must be of substantial merit, reflecting an informed artistic sensitivity and philosophy. You may accumulate up to 3 credits of TRE 4961 “Special Projects” in the completion of this requirement.

Costume Design and Production (BA)

The major in Costume Design and Production takes advantage of the resources of the Department of Theatre and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Through the combined study of theatre, apparel design, clothing construction, clothing history, and theatre history, we prepare students who want to become costumers, wardrobe managers, and costume designers in professional theatre, film, or other performance genres.

*This major and minor are found in TRE and FCS. Please be advised that these programs are identical in scope and requirement. If you are taking a major in one department, and would like to add a minor, it must be in the other department. For example, if you are majoring in FCS Apparel Merchandising and would like to minor in Costume Design and Production, you would need to take that minor as a TRE. 

  • A minimum 88 credits are required for this major, including 36 upper-division credits.
  • Core courses from the Family and Consumer Sciences Department include “History of Costume,” “Textiles,” and “Flat Pattern Design.”
  • Core courses from the Theatre Department include “Stagecraft,” “Analyzing and Interpreting Theatre,” and “Production Practicum.”

Theatre or Costume Design and Production minor


  • A minimum of 35 credits are required for the Theatre minor, including 15 upper-dvision credits.
  • A minimum of 35 credits are required for the Costume Design and Production minor, including 18 upper-division credits.

Apply for a major or minor

Apply for a major using the online Major or Minor Application form. You must complete the major requirements in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year of admittance to the major or minor.

  • You should apply for a major or minor by your junior year. 
  • If you were an incoming freshman, you may apply for the major at the end of your first quarter of your sophomore year. 
  • If you were a transfer student, you may apply to the major in your second quarter of residence.
  • Your application is due on or before the first Friday of Autumn, Winter, or Spring quarter. 
  • You are required to successfully complete TRE 1750, FCS 1840 and one additional core course before you apply to the Costume Design and Production major or minor.
  • You are required to successfully complete TRE 1200, TRE 1720, and TRE 1340 before you apply to the Theatre major or minor.
  • Your overall GPA must be a minimum of 2.5 for admission to any major or minor in the Theatre Department. 
  • Faculty must approve all admission to the majors and minors. 

Future teachers

Certification with elementary education endorsement

  • If you plan to teach in an elementary school and are interested in theatre, you must major in the Integrated Studies major with a concentration in the Arts.
  • The concentration consists of courses in art, music, and theatre.
  • The faculty advisor for the Arts Concentration, Dr. Andrew Ryder (
  • Further information about the Elementary Certification Program is available in the School of Education.

Certification with P-12 endorsement in Theatre

If you plan to obtain Residency Teacher Certification with endorsement in Theatre, you should pursue a BA in Theatre Education, and you must also complete P-12 Certification through the School of Education.

If you plan to become a teacher, visitpage-content the School of Education for complete information.

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Theatre Department

Visit the Theatre Department to see how a degree in Theatre can help you achieve your goals to make a difference in the world.

Time Schedule: Theatre

Course planning

Suggested course sequences help you complete your degree in a timely manner.


Art and religious experience

TRE 4899 Capstone “Art and Religious Experience”  fulfills the eighth course required in the Common Curriculum.