2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Musical Theatre [MUTH]

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The Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre provides comprehensive training in musical theatre while maintaining a firm grounding in the liberal arts. The goal is to foster flexibility and versatility in students to enable them to participate in musical theatre on a number of levels. The program’s objectives are far reaching. Students will leave the program with the knowledge and confidence to participate in educational, professional or semiprofessional productions with competence and skill. Graduates are active in community and regional theatre organizations, assist and provide leadership in primary and secondary school productions and often continue their education in musical theatre in a M.F.A. or M.A. in music, theatre or musical theatre.

Career Potential

  • Actor/singer
  • Choreographer
  • Director
  • Theatre technician

Students must audition for admittance to the program. In addition to the College-wide requirements in writing, Quantitative Skills, foreign language and General Education, the B.A. in Musical Theatre requirements will be met by successful completion of the following courses and portfolio or project assessment:

A. Music Courses: 17 credit hours

Select Either:

Select Either:

B. Theatre Courses: 13 credit hours

C. Dance Courses: Eight credit hours

Students must complete four semesters of ballet (DNC 101, 201, 301, 401); each course may, by advisement, be repeated once. The additional Dance courses listed below must also be taken:

D. Musical Theatre Courses: 11 credit hours

  • MUS 430 - Musical Theatre Performance II
    Cross-listed with THT 430

E. Introduction to Dramatic Literature

F. Portfolio, senior presentation, exit interview

G. Technical Theatre Practica

Students must also complete at least six noncredit technical theatre practica (one per semester for six semesters — e.g., working backstage for productions on costumes, set painting, props, etc.). Work at previous institutions may be accepted for part of this requirement. Students must audition for all departmental theatre productions and accept roles as cast.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124

Example of the undergraduate degree in Musical Theatre over four years

First Year

And select either:

Spring Total credit hours: 15

  • Foreign language
  • GE course

Second Year

Fall Total credit hours: 16

  • 2 GE courses
  • Foreign Language

Spring Total credit hours: 16

  • DNC 202
  • Foreign language
  • GE course

Third Year

Spring Total credit hours: 16

  • 2 GE courses
  • Two electives

Fourth Year

Fall Total credit hours: 15

  • GE course
  • Three electives (10 cr. hr.)

Spring Total credit hours: 15

  • Three electives

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