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Double Major BFA/BA?

abcdefg1abcdefg1 Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
edited July 2011 in Theater/Drama Majors
Wondering which universities offer a double major that includes a BFA in Drama and BA in something else (English, Psychology)? I've heard that some colleges offer this but if anyone could help me out on which ones that'd be great.
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Replies to: Double Major BFA/BA?

  • theater momtheater mom Registered User Posts: 535 Member
    Carnegie Mellon offers two BXA double majors in drama--the BHA (Humanities and Drama) and BSA (Science and Drama) degrees. They are available only in Design, Directing, Dramaturgy, and Production Technology and Management. The obvious omissions are acting and musical theater. Both sound exciting for the right person but lots and lots of work.
  • dramadaddramadad Registered User Posts: 185 Junior Member
    You might look at Oklahoma City University (OCU). I am not sure if you can do BFA Acting plus another major, but my daughter went there and got a BA in Theater Performance, and a BA in Public Relations.

    As I recall my D left the BFA Acting program track to get the double major in a 4 year period, but the difference in actual classes she took between the BFA degree and the BA Theater Performance was not significant. I don't recall if she had to leave the BFA track to double major, or if she just did so to graduate quicker.
  • abcdefg1abcdefg1 Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    Thank you, but I'm looking more for colleges that will allow me to graduate with a BFA in drama in addition to a BA in something else, non-theater related. I'd like to be a very good school (I have top grades/ ECs) as well, with prestige in regards to theater/drama AND other subjects in general. Anyone know of such schools?
  • soozievtsoozievt Registered User, ! Posts: 31,495 Senior Member
    It's possible at NYU/Tisch and U of Michigan as two that meet your criteria.
  • SDonCCSDonCC Registered User Posts: 2,373 Senior Member
    I'm not sure you would actually graduate with a double degree at those schools. You can double major, but that doesn't give you a BA in addition to the BFA.
  • EmmyBetEmmyBet Registered User Posts: 2,934 Senior Member
    Most schools I know where you graduate with two separate degrees, as opposed to a double major, have at least 5-year programs. For example, Tufts has a deal with the New England Conservatory and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Students take 5 years and get a BA from Tufts in whatever they want and also a BM or BFA from one of the other schools.

    When my Ds were looking at these kinds of programs I asked them, why do you want two Bachelor's degrees? In our family, we only pay for 4 years of college at full price. It seemed much more advantageous for them to put in the extra time and come out with a Master's. Also when my D was at Tufts, she found that only the absolutely most incredibly intense people (get the hyperbole?) could manage, let alone enjoy, doing two full Bachelor's degrees at the same time.

    I think a grad degree in the second subject would be likely more valuable, probably more affordable, and definitely more livable.
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