• Little women musical

Theater is the art and craft of telling stories dramatically for the benefit of the community. A Theater major at Fresno Pacific University allows you to tailor your experience around your interests, whether it’s acting, directing, design, technical theater, arts administration, theater history and literature, film/video production, drama ministry, education, or theater as a tool for social transformation. You’ll choose from two emphases gaining skills that prepare you for a range of careers in the areas of theater, education, churchwork and community development or for graduate work in theater. The Theater major pairs well with many subjects as a double-major.


  • Small classes sizes
  • Intimate theater community
  • Two mainstages, a Spring Showcase, musicals in alternate years, a Staged Reading Series, and a Religious Drama Team that performs on-campus and in churches
  • Scholarships are available to those interested in working on productions as actors, technicians, stage managers, or for joining the Religious Drama Team

Career opportunities

A theater major is a gateway to careers such as arts educator, performer, director, arts/worship minister, artistic/managing director, makeup artist, theater technician, stage manager, public relations, film maker, choreographer and playwright among numerous others.

Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

General Education Prerequisite (total Units: 43-48)

THTR 105Theater Appreciation3

Required Courses

THTR 350Acting3
THTR 360Directing and Staging Texts3
LIT 380World Theater: Roots to 18003
LIT 385World Theater: 1800 to Present3

Select 8 units of the following

THTR 115Drama Practicum: The Company2
THTR 315
or THTR 120
Drama Practicum: The Company
or Religious Drama Practicum
THTR 320Religious Drama Practicum1

Select one of the following

THTR 470Senior Thesis Performance2
THTR 496Drama Internship1


This program requires an emphasis

Program director

Julia Reimer, Ph.D.
Julia Reimer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theater