Theatre & Film Major

The theatre and film major at Saint Joseph's University nurtures creative expression and technical proficiency while fostering intellectual curiosity and cultural awareness. Students declare a concentration in film/TV, musical theatre or theatre.

Goal 1: Develop creativity and voice. 

Outcome 1.1: Students will be able to create work that expresses their creativity and unique voices within the performing arts and film. 

Goal 2: Interpret theatre and/or film in support of creative work.

Outcome 2.1: Students will be able to analyze important aspects of performing arts and film in written and oral work. 

Goal 3: Study the intersections of performing arts and film with history and social practice.

Outcome 3.1: Students will be able to examine and analyze the relationships between theatre and/or film, history, and culture, orally and in writing. 

Goal 4: Prepare students for entry into professional careers or graduate studies.

Outcome 4.1: Students will be able to demonstrate career preparation through experiential learning opportunities and individual projects that develop creative, technical, analytical, and/or problem-solving skills.

The traditional undergraduate programs includes a minimum of 120 credits distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas1:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive
  3. Writing Intensive, and
  4. Diversity

Overlay requirements are part of the 120 credit requirements

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses

General Education Overlays

See this page about Overlays.

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses:

Select three (3) courses total from at least two (2) of the following categories:

  • ART: Art Studio Course
  • ART: Art History Course
  • COM: Communications Studies Course
  • ENG: Any English Course
  • CSC: Computer Science Courses
  • CAS: Any chair-approved CAS course in Cinema Studies presented from the perspective of an independent discipline (i.e. Sociology, Psychology, Political Sciences, etc.)

Major Requirements

Core Courses:
MTF 161Introduction to Theatre3
or MTF 162 History of Broadway Musical
or MTF 191 Introduction to Film
MTF 263Acting I 13
MTF 284Digital Filmmaking3
MTF 496Senior Project 23
Select one of the following tracks to complete major:
Track 1 – Theatre Concentration
Prod Design: Theatre & Film
Theatre Performance Practicum
Theatre Production Practicum
Acting II
Directing for the Stage
Theatre History
Styles of Acting
Track 2 - Musical Theatre Concentration
Music Fundamentals
Music Theory I
Theatre Performance Practicum
Acting II
Styles of Acting
Musical Theatre Performance
Musical Theatre Dance Styles
Four semesters of private voice lessons
Track 3 - Film/TV Concentration
History of Narrative Film
Series Screenwriting
Short Film Production
Episodic Series Production
Directing for Film/TV
Select one of the following Film/TV electives: 3
Production Courses
Filmmaking Methods
Acting for the Camera
Producing & Business of Film
Series Screenwriting
Documentary Film
Commercial Production
Genre Film Workshop
Advanced Screenwriting
Advanced Light, Camera, Design
Sound Design
Editing & Post-Production
Documentary Workshop
Professional Production Studio
Studies Courses
History of Television
Black American Cinema
Genre Film Studies
American Film
European Cinemas
Five Films
Non-Western World Cinemas
Major Figures in Film
Film Theory & Criticism
Special Topics in Film

MTF 263 Acting I may be replaced by MTF 163 Stagecraft, MTF 265 Directing for the Stage, or MTF 267 Prod Design: Theatre & Film for Film/TV Track.


See course description below for explanation of the department’s capstone experience.


If a student will be writing a Thesis for their Senior Project, they are required to take MTF 391- Film Theory and Criticism; if they will be writing a feature screenplay, they are required to take MTF 382 –Advanced Screenwriting.

Free Electives

11-13 courses, depending on how many required courses in variable core and choice of major concentration.