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University Bulletin
Undergraduate Degree Programs

Musical Theatre

University Park, College of Arts and Architecture (THRMT)

PROFESSOR JOHN SIMPKINS, in charge, Musical Theatre

The major is intended to provide students with specialized training leading to a high level of competence in musical theatre. Graduates should be able to begin professional work or pursue further training at the graduate level. This major is intended for those students who wish to pursue a career as a musical theatre professional. Acceptance into the major is based on an evaluative audition.

For the B.F.A. degree in Musical theatre, a minimum of 125 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(6 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 86 credits
(This includes 6 credits of General Education GA courses)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (81 credits)

Theatre courses (30 credits)
THEA 001S(1)[1], THEA 100 GA;US;IL(3)[1], THEA 115(2)[1], THEA 225A(2)[1], THEA 225B(2)[1], THEA 225C(2)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
THEA 132(3) (Sem: 2-4)
THEA 150(3)[1] (Sem: 2-4)
THEA 289(1)[1], THEA 425A(2)[1], THEA 425C(2)[1], THEA 427A(2)[1], THEA 427C(2)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
THEA 401Y IL(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

Music courses (23 credits)
THEA 113(3), THEA 116(2) (Sem: 1-2)
THEA 212(3), THEA 214(3), VOICE 110J GA(4) (Sem: 3-4)
VOICE 110J GA(4) (Sem: 5-6)
VOICE 412J(2), VOICE 462J(2) (Sem: 7-8)

Dance courses (12 credits)[1]
DANCE 231(1.5), DANCE 232(1.5) (Sem: 1-2)
DANCE 241(1.5), DANCE 242(1.5) (Sem: 3-4)
DANCE 251(1.5), DANCE 252(1.5), DANCE 382(1.5), DANCE 384(1.5) (Sem: 5-6)

Musical Theatre courses (16 credits)
MUSIC 113(1), MUSIC 114(1), THEA 114(3)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
THEA 223(2)[1], THEA 224(2)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
THEA 408 US(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
THEA 423(2)[1], THEA 424(2)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (5 credits)
Select 2 credits from MUSIC 085 GA(1), MUSIC 089 GA(1), MUSIC 090 GA(1), MUSIC 091 GA(1), MUSIC 092 GA(1), MUSIC 093 GA;US;IL(1), MUSIC 094 GA(1), MUSIC 103 GA(1), MUSIC 104 GA(1), MUSIC 467(1), THEA 326(1 per semester, maximum of 3), THEA 428(2) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits, one from each of the following groups:
a. DANCE 431(1.5), DANCE 441(1.5), DANCE 451(1.5) (Sem: 7-8)
b. DANCE 432(1.5), DANCE 442(1.5), DANCE 452(1.5) (Sem: 7-8)
(Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-05-008

Review Date: 2/23/16

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