Academics

The JSU Drama department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Drama with one of two concentrations, Performance or Production. Both concentrations combine a strong core of dramatic study with electives that will enhance and improve student's natural abilities and strengths. Beginning in Fall 2020, we will also offer a Bachelor of Arts in Film.  In addition, the department offers minors in drama or Film/Entertainment Technology.

Degrees and Concentrations

As part of the Bachelor of Arts in Drama, students may choose a concentration in Performance. Performance majors are provided opportunities to gain stage experience in drama department mainstage productions, student directed one acts and other events such as our 10 minute play festival and staged readings/activities during the academic year.

Along with the Drama Core classes, performance majors also take required Performance and elective classes to prepare you for a career as an actor on stage or film.

The full list of requirements for a concentration in Performance can be found in the JSU catalog-Performance Concentration.

As part of the Bachelor of Arts in Drama, students may choose a concentration in Production. Our students have the opportunity to specialize in costuming, lighting, scenic, stage management, sound or may choose a more general path.  We provide opportunities for main stage designs and major technical assignments throughout the academic year.

The full list of requirements for a concentration in Performance can be found in the JSU catalog-Production Concentration.

We now offer a Bachelor of Arts in Film.  With coursework in Film, Drama, Art, and English this degree will prepare you for a number of career opportunities in film and digital media.  Find out more about Bachelor of Arts in Film

The department also offers a minor in Drama (24 hours) and a minor in Film and Entertainment Technology (21 hours).

Find out more about the Drama Minor or the Film and Entertainment Technology Minor

About JSU Drama

JSU is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. First accredited in 1994, JSU has met strict standards for strong theatrical and academic training. Our department offers a strong liberal arts education combined with excellent production, performance and design opportunities for our students. In addition to our strong academic commitment, the drama department also presents five to six main stage productions each year. Our students are involved in all aspects of production both onstage and backstage.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Jacksonville State University Drama department is to provide a strong liberal arts education while promoting respect for and appreciation of the art of theatre and film. Through an academically rigorous and supportive, creative environment we cultivate critical thinking, analysis, and skills for artistic expression needed to build a career, while providing opportunities for higher level development within our students' chosen specialties.  We also seek to produce a multifaceted, high quality, and challenging theatrical experience on our stage to enrich the university and surrounding communities.