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Theater (B.A.)

Website: School of Contemporary Arts

Concentrations: Acting, Design/Technical,
Directing/Stage Management, Theater Studies

Please see further information about our Theater Program productions and performances.



Current as of June 2023

About the Major

The Theater Program at Ramapo celebrates individuality and is mission driven to provide the highest quality education, training and production experiences for students from all backgrounds. We are dedicated to close mentorship to develop the strengths of individual students, spark their curiosity and provide opportunities for artistic expression. We engage closely with the Film program to foster intense and ongoing collaborations for on screen work which prepare students for real world careers and the pursuit of further training in graduate

Our mission is founded in the Liberal Arts, and is multicultural, international, interdisciplinary,  and experiential as reflected in our curriculum and production season. Students initially engage in all areas of theater: Acting, Design, Technical, Stage Management, Directing, Theater Studies developing a specialized concentration over time. We strive to empower lifelong learners to be engaged citizens, arts advocates, and arts appreciators who positively
impact their local and global communities. The values of equity and inclusion inform all of our choices both pedagogical and artistic as we work to provide significant art of professional quality.

Outcomes for the Major


1. Prepare Theater majors to enter into the profession or continue their education in graduate school.

2. Provide a rigorous, well-rounded education for those students who go on to careers outside of theater.

3. Outcomes:

1. Demonstrate broad understanding of theater history, literature, and theory in diverse settings.

2. Critically evaluate performances and their elements in written form.

3. Develop artistic and/or practical skills in their particular discipline.

4. Apply creative thinking in analyzing visual, aural, and performance material.

5. Synthesize practical and creative skills employing professional standards in theatrical production.

Requirements of the Major and Concentrations
  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a (W) below.  Waivers do not apply to Major Requirements.
  2. Transfer students with 65 or more credits are required to complete only one running crew.  All students are required to take Theater Practicum.
  3. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
  4. Writing Intensive Requirement (five):  two writing intensive courses in the general education curriculum are required: Critical Reading and Writing II and Studies in the Arts and Humanities; the other three courses are taken in the major.
  5. Not all courses are offered each semester.  Please check the current Schedule of Classes for semester course offerings.
  6. The Career Pathways Program requirements must be completed prior to graduation. Visit the Cahill Career Center.

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Requirements of the Minor
  1. Courses fulfilling the requirements for the primary or second major may count towards the requirements of the minor, but may not exceed one-half of the credits required in the minor. A School core does not need to be completed for a minor.  Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.