The Department of Theatre Arts offers a major leading to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in theatre arts or communication/theatre arts (which is especially designed for those seeking teaching certification). Theatre arts majors may utilize study in the department as preparation for a career in theatre or graduate work in theatre.
Students seeking certification at the secondary level select an emphasis in both communication and theatre arts, receiving general background in both disciplines.
A declared minor in theatre arts may be used to enhance another field of study or to develop specific skills or interests of the student. Most of the courses in theatre arts are open to students of any major, and drama productions frequently involve students concentrating in a variety of academic disciplines.
CMU has a chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, a national honorary fraternity in theatre (advisor: Dr. Mark Kelty).