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Mission Statement. The goal of the Department of Theatre is to cultivate the artist/scholar and challenge students academically and artistically, preparing them for advanced graduate study or careers in the professional theatre.

Encompassing Theme. The Department of Theatre at Susquehanna University seeks to cultivate an understanding of the art and practice of theatre as a profession and intellectual endeavor, and as a means of exploring human communication and culture.

Theatre Objectives Statement. In practice, the department adheres to a professional model and operates as a theatre company. Students and faculty collaborate on the theatre productions each season, allowing students to experience the responsibilities they will encounter in a professional theatre setting after graduation. The program is academically rigorous and artistically challenging, intended for serious students of the various disciplines of theatre.

Being firmly grounded in a liberal arts context, Susquehanna University’s theatre department offers an excellent education for actors, designers, managers, theatre technicians, young theatre scholars and future educators.

The Bachelor of Arts in theatre is in keeping with the university’s mission to educate students for productive and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse and interconnected world.

Honors. The departmental honors program encourages and recognizes outstanding performance in theatre. To graduate with department honors, candidates:

  • complete major requirements under guidance of a faculty advisor,
  • petition the department head in writing no later than the end of the junior year,
  • maintain a 3.4 cumulative GPA in department courses,
  • produce an acceptable written or production thesis based on one year of senior research/production work (THEA:503 Honors Study) beyond the required 48 semester hours,
  • submit the thesis at least two weeks prior to graduation, and
  • successfully complete an oral defense of the honor thesis.
Honors work not meeting the required standards will be applied as a university elective course.

Departmental honors may be taken separately from or in conjunction with the university Honors program.

Honor Society. Students who meet the requisite national and local standards are eligible to join Alpha Psi Omega.

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