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Film and Theatre, Department of

BA - Theatre Arts, Preparation for Teaching (Not Accepting Students)

This major is designed for students interested in teaching English or theatre arts in high school or middle school. The following course work satisfies San José State University's requirements for a BA in Theatre Arts. A Minimum grade point average (GPA) criteria may be required for verification of subject matter competency. Completion of the program will not guarantee admission to the credential program. Like all other applicants, students must meet credential program standards and undergo screening for admission. See "Teaching: How to Become a Teacher in California" (see Teaching) for information on application and admission to credential programs.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements41
Core Lower Division General Education27
Of the 39 units required by the university, 12 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major27
ENGL 101. Introduction to Literary Criticism4
ENGL 103. Modern English4
ENGL 109. Writing and the Young Writer4
ENGL 112B. Literature for Young Adults4
ENGL 145. Shakespeare and Performance4
TA 100W. Writing Workshop: Theatre ArtsZ3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 117A. American Literature, Film, & CultureS3
ENGL 117B. Global Film, Literature, and CulturesV3
RTVF 181. Modern Film History3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 122. Topics in Comparative World Literature4
TA 127. Contemporary TheatreV3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 125. European Literature: Homer through Dante4
TA 120. Theatre History3
Requirements of the Major39
TA 005. ActingC13
TA 011. Script Analysis3
TA 048. Voice & Movement for the ActorE3
TA 051A. Scenery and Props for the Performing Arts1
TA 051B. Costume for the Performing Arts1
TA 051C. Stage Management for the Performing Arts1
TA 064. Make-up for Performing Arts3
TA 116. Directing3
TA 128. Scriptwriting3
TA 151. Lighting for Performing Arts3
TA 167. Theatre in Education3
TA 198. Internship3
Complete one course from:
TA 153. Costume Design for Performing Arts3
TA 154. Scenic Design for Performing Arts3
Complete two courses from:
TA 017. Intermediate Acting3
TA 117. Practice in Acting or Directing3
TA 168. Arts Management3
TA 170A. Acting and Directing for the Camera3
TA 191. Activity Projects in Theatre Production3
University Electives13

Total Units:120