48 months
37946 USD/year
36476 USD/year
18898 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The BA in Theatre at Pennsylvania State University asks students to consider the theatrical past, to reflect on their reasons for doing theatre now, and to imagine what theatre can be in the future. Students take a broad range of courses in theatre theory and practice. They gain experience as dramaturgs and assistant directors for the School of Theatre Penn State Centre Stage.


Many students in the Theatre program at Pennsylvania State University direct, design, and perform in B.A. projects and productions, and through Penn State's many student theatre and dance groups. We are particularly interested in drawing students to our program who are curious about theatre itself, and who wish to explore it through devising their own performances, writing plays, and directing and producing their own shows. The B.A. is also Penn State's home for dance studies, offering technique classes as well as a range of dance history and theory courses.

Students who pursue the B.A. in Theatre learn to research, analyze and synthesize information. Majors develop strong oral and written skills and many go on to postgraduate study not only in theatre but also in areas such as law, business and education.


Penn State's Theatre Studies major develops a foundation that serves as a strong base for careers ranging from educator to scholar to entrepreneur. With our required semester in London, you are prepared to be a global player in your chosen area of focus. The program provides a broad base that gives you the opportunity to bring together multiple interests.This degree prepares you with integral skills such as creative and theoretical thinking, collaboration, and synthesizing new information quickly.

In many ways theatre is the ultimate liberal arts major – and can help to prepare you for almost any career from medicine to law to writing for television. Additionally, many students choose to continue their education by pursuing a master of fine arts (M.F.A.) or doctorate (Ph.D.) in theatre.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Design for the Theatre
  • Theatre History: From 1700 to Present
  • Script Analysis
  • Theatre History: American Theatre
  • Women and Theatre
  • History of American Musical Theatre
  • African American Theatre
  • History of Fashion

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Early Action deadline for first-year domestic students (and recommended deadline for international students): November 1.


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • Official secondary school records
  • Official test scores: SAT or ACT
  • English language proficiency, if your native language is not English

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    37946 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37946 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    36476 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 36476 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    18898 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18898 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for University Park

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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