Theatre (Archived 2016-17 Graduate Catalog)

Chair: Lesa Lockford
Graduate Coordinator: Jonathan Chambers
Address: 212 Wolfe Center
Phone: 419-372-2222
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Degrees Offered

Program(s) Offered
Ph.D. in Theatre
MA in Theatre
Certificate in Performance Studies

National Association of Schools of Theatre

Prerequisites to Graduate Work
Applicants to the M.A. program must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and present a satisfactory academic record. Admission usually requires 36 quarter hours or 24 semester hours of undergraduate work in theatre, including courses in acting, directing, technical theatre, and dramatic literature. Applicants with undergraduate majors in fields other than theatre will be considered for admission on an individual basis and may be required to take specified remedial undergraduate course work.

Applicants to the Ph.D. program must hold a master's degree and present a record indicating potential for successful, advanced scholarly and creative work. Applicants are expected to have completed M.A. courses in research methodologies, theatre and performance history, theatrical production, theory and criticism, and dramatic literature. The graduate selection committee will review the records of all incoming doctoral students in accordance with their declared interests and, if necessary, the doctoral applicant may be required to take specified master's level course work.

The performance studies certificate is open to all graduate students enrolled at Bowling Green State University.

Admission Procedure
Applicants seeking admission to the graduate programs in Theatre should follow the instructions outlined in the Graduate Admission section of this Graduate Catalog.  All application materials should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts
The M.A. degree in theatre is offered under two plans. Plan I: Candidates must complete 30 semester hours of graduate credit and write a thesis demonstrating an ability to carry on independent research. Students must pass an oral examination over the thesis. Plan II: Candidates must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit and prepare and defend a portfolio of creative/research/pedagogical materials.

Doctor of Philosophy
Students must complete 60 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the master's degree, which includes dissertation credit and a research tool requirement. The doctorate is granted after a candidate passes an oral defense of the dissertation. The dissertation must be an appropriate culmination of the candidate's program of study, and represent scholarly research and writing appropriate in method and subject to the degree program. Details of requirements in addition to the dissertation are found in the department’s Ph.D. Handbook. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in pedagogy, research, and theatre production through formal course work and practice. Students are to participate in professional conventions and/or publish their research findings.

Certificate in Performance Studies
Through this certificate program the student will explore the histories, theories, and practices of Performance Studies. Students pursuing the certificate must complete 16 hours of approved course work. The certificate may be used as a research methodology or area of specialization within a degree program or other course of study, as a gateway into an advanced degree program in Performance Studies/related field, or as a foundation for work in community-based performance or theatre of social action/change.

Graduate Courses
Please access graduate courses online by clicking the “Browsing Course Catalog” button at Graduate courses offered by the Department of Theatre and Film use the prefix:THFM.