BOG approves degree programs


Oct. 19, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The board of governors of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education today approved Slippery Rock University's Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting program.

The program will require 120 credits to complete.

All BFA Acting students, regardless of choice of concentration in either theatre performance or musical theatre performance, will be required to complete the 50-credit core which provides a solid foundation in acting skills, as well as vocal and movement styles and practices. Additionally, all BFA students will get an introduction to dance through DANCE 120, Exploring Dance, taught through the nationally-ranked SRU Dance Department.

According to organizers, moving the acting program from a BA to a BFA provides "a greater opportunity to better prepare acting students to be as competitive as possible and will attract additional students because of the focused career training available at SRU."

The University's Theatre Department, which is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre, currently offers a BA in theatre with three areas of concentration: acting; design and technology; and arts administration.



The new program will be offered beginning in fall 2019.

In addition, the BOG also approved a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care program for Clarion University.

"Our universities continue to be innovative in developing new programs that provide the knowledge and skills necessary for students to be successful in their lives and careers," said State System Interim Chancellor Karen Whitney. "These new programs demonstrate the forward thinking needed to ensure an array of programming across the 14 universities that is at the leading edge."

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