BA in Music Theatre

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in music theatre emphasizes music theatre techniques and related studies and a complimentary course of study chosen from a wide variety of fields in consultation with the student’s advisor. These studies can include, but are not limited to, fields such as business, entrepreneurship, personal selling or other areas of interest.

Program Requirements

  • total credit hours for graduation 120 minimum, overall GPA 2.000 (2.500 in major);
  • must complete 42 credit hours of general education and must have 45 credit hours of upper-division credits.
Course Title Hours
Non-English courses or outside of performing arts15
General education42
Total Credit Hours120

Major Requirements

Course Title Hours
Core Curriculum Courses
THEA 180EPerforming Arts Seminar1
THEA 555Capstone Project1
Technical theatre class (costuming, stagecraft, lighting; THEA 253, 244 or 345)3
THEA 370Professional Practices for the Performing Artist3
Theatre Requirements
THEA 243Acting I3
THEA 254Stage Makeup2
THEA 260History of Musical Theatre3
THEA 330Musical Theatre Laboratory2
THEA 342Advanced Acting3
THEA 530Musical Theatre Scene Study2
THEA 610Directing the Musical3
Dance Requirements
DANC 210Ballet Technique 1 (two semesters as advised)4
or DANC 310 Ballet Technique 2
DANC 235Jazz Technique 1 (as advised)2
or DANC 335 Jazz Technique 2
DANC 240Tap 12
DANC 332Music Theatre Dance 1 12
DANC 130VHip Hop I2
Music Requirements
Take six semesters of the following (as advised):12
Applied Music Instruction for Majors - Voice
Applied Music Instruction for Majors - Voice
MUSA 113PPiano Class Level I - Music Majors1
Take two semesters of the following:2
MUSP 212_
Additional Courses
Non-English language proficiency courses or outside of performing arts with advisor approval (9 minimum credit hours required at 300+ upper division)15
Electives based on plan of study with advisor approval (3 minimum credit hours required at 300+ upper division)10
Total Credit Hours78

Applied Learning

All students in a School of Performing Arts bachelor degree track or concentration are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing a formal capstone project. Students create a major project whether self-generated, an extension of coursework, or through advanced participation in producing a public performance. Through the capstone experience, students develop and demonstrate, in a hands-on, real world context, the skills, knowledge and competencies required in their area of emphasis. Students in the School of Performing Arts develop a diverse portfolio of experiences, materials and intellectual properties through a broad offering of applied experiences in their four years. The capstone project provides a practical context for academic, experiential and personal growth through the college experience. The final, real product of the SPA's program of applied learning is a young professional prepared for the future.