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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

University Graduation Requirements42
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
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM63
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. HistoryM123
HIST 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentM113
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM63
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement3
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.
TA 100W. Writing Workshop: Theatre ArtsZ3
Preparation for the Major30
ENGL 056A. English Literature to the Late 18th Century3
ENGL 056B. English Literature Late 18th Century to Present3
ENGL 068A. American Literature to 18653
ENGL 068B. American Literature 1865 to Present3
ENGL 101. Introduction to Literary Criticism3
ENGL 103. Modern English3
ENGL 109. Writing and the Young Writer3
ENGL 112B. Literature for Young Adults3
ENGL 145. Shakespeare and Performance3
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 Literature3
TA 127. Contemporary TheatreV3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 125. European Literature: Homer through Dante3
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 for Performing Arts3
TA 154. Scenery 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 Electives9

Total Units:120