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Television, Radio, Film and Theatre, Department of

BA - Theatre Arts, Preparation for Teaching

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.

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements42
Of the 51 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Preparation for the Major27
ENGL 103. Modern English3
ENGL 105. Seminar in Advanced Composition3
ENGL 112B. Literature for Young Adults3
ENGL 125. European Literature: Homer through Dante3
LLD 163. Introduction to Second Language Development3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 056A. English Literature to the Late 18th Century3
ENGL 056B. English Literature Late 18th Century to Present3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 068A. American Literature to 18653
ENGL 068B. American Literature 1865 to Present3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 161. American Literature to 18303
ENGL 162. American Literature: 1830-18653
ENGL 163. American Literature: 1865-19103
ENGL 168. The American Novel3
ENGL 169. Ethnicity in American LiteratureS3
Requirement of the Major45
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 100W. Writing Workshop: Theatre ArtsZ3
TA 116. Directing3
TA 151. Lighting for Performing Arts3
TA 167. Theatre in Education3
TA 168. Arts Management3
TA 180. Individual Studies1-3
TA 198. RTVF Internships, Portfolio, Career Prep3
Complete one course from:
TA 153. Costume for Performing Arts3
TA 154. Scenery for Performing Arts3
Complete two courses from:
TA 117. Practice in Acting or Directing3
TA 120. Theatre History3
TA 127. Contemporary TheatreV3
TA 128. Scriptwriting3
University Electives4

Total Units:120