Academic Programs in Theater

The theater minor offers grounding in theater history and literature, acting, stage make-up, and directing. This minor assists future drama work in school, community, camp or church settings and graduate/conservatory study.

The liberal studies major, theater concentration allows the student to specialize within the liberal studies program. Students pursuing teaching as a profession benefit from a strong background in the performing arts.

The theater/performance emphasis, communication major explores theater and performance as modes of aesthetic communication and cultural performance both onstage and off. Communication courses are integrated with courses such as Text and Performance, Narrative, Performance and Culture, Cultural Anthropology, Acting, Directing and World Theater.

The theater major(personalized major) is a personalized program created between student and advisor. Coursework at Fresno Pacific University is combined with coursework at another institution (California State University, Fresno; Fresno City College, and/or the L.A. Film Studies program) to provide the student with a solid grounding in all aspects of theater.

The Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC) offers a semester of film study and experience in Los Angeles built on a Christian perspective. While not an FPU degree program in itself, courses and the internship experience may fulfill FPU requirements for the theater minor or communication major, as arranged with the program advisor.