Undergraduate programs

The School of Music & Theater is located within the hub of musical and theatrical activity in the Pacific Northwest, only three blocks from the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. It maintains close ties to the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Portland Jazz Orchestra, Portland Piano International, Portland Youth Philharmonic,  Chamber Music Northwest, Oregon Repertory Singers, Artists Repertory Theater, Portland Center Stage, Milagro Theatre, and Third Rail Repertory Theater, among other organizations. Faculty and students alike interact with these performing organizations in various ways. 

Students have the opportunity to study with faculty members who are internationally recognized performers, conductors, composers, actors, directors, writers, and scholars. Standards are high as students pursue the conservatory-like Bachelor of Music degree or the more general Bachelor of Arts or Science in Music or Theater. Graduates have consistently demonstrated their excellence in the fields of performance, conducting, composition, acting, writing, production, and scholarship. Many are leaders in music, theater, and education around the Northwest and elsewhere.

Programs in the School of Music & Theater are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and National Association of Schools of Theater. Graduates have gained admission to both university graduate programs and professional training programs; they have become teachers and university professors; and they have pursued a range of related professions in the arts, education, business, administration, law, social services, and non-profit management.

Degree Maps and Learning Outcomes

Admissions requirement

Degree requirements

Musicology/Ethnomusicology B.A./B.S.

Music Theory B.A./B.S.

Performance B.A./B.S.

Sonic Arts and Music Production

Theater Arts B.A./B.S.

Composition B.M.

Jazz Studies B.M.

Music Education B.M.

Performance B.M.

Performance with an Emphasis on Voice B.M.

Dance Minor

Music Minor

Music History Minor

Theater Arts Minor

Dance Certificate

Theater Arts B.A./B.S.

Area Coordinator: K. Magaldi

Serving students who seek a broad liberal arts degree with a major in theater, the B.A./B.S. in Theater Arts provides students with training in performance, design and production, practice, and dramatic literature and theater history. These basic skills are developed in the core requirements. The remaining credits are met through a selected option, performance, design/production, or theater studies including criticism, literature and dramatic writing, which provides for flexibility and allows a student to specialize in an area of interest.


In addition to meeting the general University degree requirements, the Major in Theater Arts must complete 68 adviser-approved theater arts credits to include the following:

38 Core Credits

TA 111Stagecraft I


TA 112Stagecraft II


TA 114Technical Theater Production I


TA 115Technical Theater Production II


TA 121Introduction to Design for Theater


TA 151Introduction to Theater Arts & Practice


TA 201Script Analysis


TA 248Acting I: Process


TA 316Technical Theater Lab


TA 363Development of Dramatic Art I


TA 364Development of Dramatic Art II


TA 454Directing I


8 credits chosen from the following:

TA 322U/Art 322UHistory of Dress I


TA 323U/Art 323UHistory of Dress II


TA 330UMulticultural Theater


TA 369UWomen, Theater, and Society


TA 467Modern Theater I


TA 468Modern Theater II


TA 471Theater History: Periods and Topics


TA 472Theater History: Major Figures


2 credits of the following:

TA 333Workshop Theater: Directing/Stage Management/Dramaturgy


TA 334Workshop Theater: Scenery, Costume & Lighting Production 3


TA 335Workshop Theater: Management/Publicity


with a maximum of 3 credits in any of the 300 workshops. Workshop credits in excess of this maximum may be used to satisfy elective and general requirements.

20 credits of the Theater Electives

20 elective credits from the theater curriculum including Jpn 422, Traditional Japanese Drama, with at least 12 credits at the 300 level or above.

Total Credit Hours: 68

Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) will not be accepted toward fulfilling department major requirements. All courses used to satisfy the major requirements must be graded C or above.

At least 20 credits of upper-division Theater Arts courses, including a minimum of 2 credits from TA 333, TA 334 and TA 335 must be taken in residence at Portland State University.