The Catholic University of America

Undergraduate Programs 

The Department of Drama offers an undergraduate degree that provides for the development of imaginative, disciplined expression in the theatre, and for students' intellectual growth and cultural enrichment.

Our B.A. program incorporates academic rigor with top-notch theatrical productions, giving you both excellent training in the theatrical field and a scholarly foundation in the liberal arts. Our liberal arts approach is what differentiates us from specialized conservatory training. By addressing our imagination, intellect, emotion, faith and moral being with compelling immediacy, the department strives to train skilled theatre artists who synthesize a liberal arts education through their craft.The faculty is committed to providing both challenging theatrical productions and rigorous academic programs in the belief that each enriches the other.

Opportunities for performance and technical work accompany the season productions and numerous laboratory productions every year. Drama majors must earn crew credits by working on department productions.

We encourage double majoring or minoring in drama because theatre supports all fields. 

Download our brochure: Why Be a Drama Major 


Discover What Makes Our Program Unique

  • Explore ALL areas of theatre and become a fully informed professional:
    Acting, Design, Production, Directing, Playwriting, and Literary Analysis
  • Engage directly with working professional theatre artists who are experts in their field. Start building your professional network from day one.
  • Gain marketable skills and practical experience applicable to theatre or beyond.
  • Join a tight-knit family and connect with a worldwide network of alumni.
  • Access to over 80 professional theatre companies in the DC-MD-VA area.


New Programs

B.A. in Drama / M.A. in Theatre Education Accelerated Degree Option
Interested in combining drama and education? Check out this program that leads to two degrees and two teaching certificates.

Performing Arts Management Minor: courses in accounting, management, and marketing prepare students for all aspects of nonprofit management in the performing arts.

Digital Art & Design Undergraduate Certificate: combine drama courses with digital communication and design classes to acquire essential skills and technical prowess giving you a competitive edge in the marketplace. Classes include web design, print design, digital photography, video production, Photoshop, and more.

Certificate in Video Production and Digital Storytelling: By combining course offerings in Media Studies, Art and Drama, students develop technical skills in lighting, videography, motion graphics, digital audio, and video editing. In addition to building technical proficiencies, this certificate guides students toward developing a creative voice through digital storytelling.


I cherish the fact that I received a B.A. in Drama from CUA… I was always made to feel as an equal being pushed to do my greatest work by my instructors…everyone I encountered gave me the utmost encouragement, support and guidance.
Anthony Papastrat. B.A. '15