Degree plan

General Education Curriculum


GEC 01. Written Communication (6 hours)


  • ENG 101 - Composition One 3 hrs.
  • ENG 102 - Composition Two 3 hrs.

GEC 02. Natural Science and Mathematics (11 hours minimum)


Science Requirement (8 hours minimum)

Select 2 courses with labs:

  • AST 111 - General Astronomy I 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 111L - General Astronomy I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • AST 112 - General Astronomy II 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 112L - General Astronomy II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 103 - Biology and Society 3 hrs. ◊ AND
  • BSC 103L - Biology and Society Laboratory 1 hr ◊

  • BSC 110 - Principles of Biological Science I 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 110L - Principles of Biological Science I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 111 - Principles of Biological Science II 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 111L - Principles of Biological Science II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 250 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 250L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 251L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 104 - Chemistry and Our Environment 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 104L - Chemistry and Our Environment Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 106 - General Chemistry I 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 106L - General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 107 - General Chemistry II 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 107L - General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GHY 104 - Weather and Climate 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 104L - Weather and Climate Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GHY 105 - Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 105L - Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 101 - Physical Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 101L - Physical Geology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 103 - Historical Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 103L - Historical Geology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • MAR 151 - Introduction to Ocean Science 3 hrs. AND
  • MAR 151L - Introduction to Ocean Science Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 103 - Introductory Physics 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 103L - Introductory Physics Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 111 - General Physics I 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 111L - General Physics I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 112 - General Physics II 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 112L - General Physics II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 201 - General Physics I with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 201L - General Physics I with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 202 - General Physics II with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 202L - General Physics II with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PSC 190 - Living in a Material World 3 hrs. AND
  • PSC 190L - Lab for Living in a Material World 1 hr.
Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

  • MAT 100 - Quantitative Reasoning 3 hrs. ***
  • MAT 101 - College Algebra 3 hrs.
  • Higher-level MAT course

GEC 03. Humanities (9 hours)


  • ENG 203 - World Literature 3 hrs.
Select 2 courses, 1 History required:

  • HIS 101 - World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E. 3 hrs.
  • HIS 102 - World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 3 hrs.
  • PHI 151 - Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs.
  • PHI 171 - Ethics and Good Living 3 hrs.
  • REL 131 - Comparative Religion 3 hrs.

GEC 04. Aesthetic Values (3 hours)


Select 1 course:

  • ART 130 - Art Appreciation 3 hrs. **
  • DAN 130 - Dance Appreciation 3 hrs. **
  • MUS 165 - The Enjoyment of Music 3 hrs. **
  • THE 100 - Theatrical Expressions 3 hrs.

GEC 05. Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)


Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101 - The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs.
  • COH 100 - Concepts of Wellness 3 hrs.
  • ECO 101 - Basic Economics 3 hrs.
  • GHY 101 - World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs.
  • PS 101 - American Government 3 hrs.
  • PSY 110 - General Psychology 3 hrs.
  • SOC 101 - Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 3 hrs.

GEC 06. Computer Competency Requirement (Major Area)


  • THE 103 - Introduction to Theatre 3 hrs.

GEC 07. Writing-Intensive Requirement (Major Area)


  • THE 428 - Survey of Theatre History Part II 3 hrs. (WI)
  • ENG 101  & ENG 102  prerequisites

GEC 08. Speaking Intensive Requirement (Major Area)


  • THE 120 - Fundamentals of Acting 3 hrs. (SI)

GEC 09. Capstone Requirement (Major Area)


  • THE 475 - From Idea to Action - Senior Capstone Experience 3 hrs.
  • Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101  & ENG 102  prerequisites

Note:


*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major.

**This particular GEC course is recommended by this major.

***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

◊ GEC restrictions apply; see here .

GEC 06 - GEC 09 courses are specific to this major.

For full description of the GEC, see here .

Program Curriculum


DEG 01. Major Area of Study Requirements (76 hours)


  • THE 103 - Introduction to Theatre 3 hrs.
  • THE 120 - Fundamentals of Acting 3 hrs. (SI)
  • THE 304 - Stage Makeup 3 hrs.
  • THE 320 - Directing 3 hrs.
  • THE 401 - Costume Design 3 hrs.
  • THE 406 - Scenic Design 3 hrs.
  • THE 412 - Stage Lighting 3 hrs.
  • THE 427 - Survey of Theatre History Part I 3 hrs.
  • THE 428 - Survey of Theatre History Part II 3 hrs. (WI)
  • THE 475 - From Idea to Action - Senior Capstone Experience 3 hrs. (Capstone)
Select 3 courses with labs:

  • THE 107 - Introduction to Design for Theatre 3 hrs. AND
  • THE 107L - Introduction to Design Lab 1 hr.

  • THE 200 - Stagecraft 3 hrs. AND
  • THE 200L - Stagecraft Laboratory 1 hr.

  • THE 201 - Introduction to Costume 3 hrs. AND
  • THE 201L - Costume Laboratory 1 hr.

  • THE 212 - Intro to Technical Lighting and Sound 3 hrs. AND
  • THE 212L - Lighting and Sound Laboratory 1 hr.
Select 1 course:

  • THE 433 - Design Studio I 3 hrs.
  • THE 434 - Design Studio II 3 hrs.
Advanced Design & Technology Electives (9 hours)

Select 9 hours in area of interest, approved by advisor:

Costumes & Makeup

  • THE 107 - Introduction to Design for Theatre 3 hrs.
  • THE 433 - Design Studio I 3 hrs.
  • THE 434 - Design Studio II 3 hrs.
  • THE 441 - Costume Technology Studio 3 hrs.
  • THE 445 - Advanced Stage Lighting 3 hrs.
  • THE 460 - Advanced Costume Design 3 hrs.
Scenery, Lighting, & Sound

  • THE 107 - Introduction to Design for Theatre 3 hrs.
  • THE 306 - Intermediate Stagecraft 3 hrs.
  • THE 336L - Scene Painting Studio 3 hrs.
  • THE 410 - Sound Design 3 hrs.
  • THE 433 - Design Studio I 3 hrs.
  • THE 434 - Design Studio II 3 hrs.
  • THE 435 - Advanced Scene Design 3 hrs.
  • THE 440L - Computer-Aided Drafting for Theatre 3 hrs.
  • THE 445 - Advanced Stage Lighting 3 hrs.
Advanced Theatre Electives Requirement (9 hours)

  • Select 9 hours of other THE courses (excluding THE 100  and THE 110 ), approved by advisor.
Theatre Practicum Requirement (13 hours)

Enroll in at least one Practicum each semester from the following:

  • THE 482L - Practicum in Production Administration 1-3 hrs.
  • THE 483L - Practicum in Scenic Production/Technology 1-3 hrs.
  • THE 484L - Practicum in Lighting and Sound Technology 1-3 hrs.
  • THE 485L - Practicum in Properties Production/Technology 1-3 hrs.
  • THE 486L - Practicum in Artistic Production 1-3 hrs.
  • THE 487L - Practicum in Technical Management 1-3 hrs.
  • THE 488L - Practicum in Performance 1-3 hrs.
  • THE 489L - Practicum in Costume and Makeup Technology 1-3 hrs.

DEG 02. Additional Requirements (3 hours)


  • ENG 200 - Introduction to Drama 3 hrs.

DEG 03. University Electives (14 hours)


Choose electives as needed with advisor's approval. (See Hours to Degree below.)

Hours to Degree


128 hours are needed to graduate with a BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Design and Technology. At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The student must earn at least 21 of the last 30 hours of course work and at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss. See Residence Hour Requirements for more information.