2021-2022 Academic Catalog

B.A. in Theatre: Musical Theatre

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Program Description

The musical theatre concentration of the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre degree hones students' performance skills in acting, voice and dance. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Accreditation and Affiliation

This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. It has also earned Educational Affiliate status with Estill Voice International┬«. Students can elect to pursue their Certificate of Proficiency in EVT prior to graduation.

Curriculum

Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
1
Composition
ENG 101  Composition I
3
Public Speaking
CDC 201  Argumentation and Advocacy (recommended)  OR  any course on menu
3
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
Any Mathematics or Quantitative Literacy Course
3
Health and Wellness
HSC 315  First Aid and Personal Safety (recommended)  OR  any course on menu
3
Technological Literacy
THE 480  Digital Performance (recommended)  OR  any course on menu
3
Humanities
Any Humanities Course
3
Fine Arts
MUS 104  Voice Class (recommended)  OR  any course on menu
3
Natural Sciences
CMD 221  Speech Science  OR  any course on menu
3 or 4
Social Sciences
PSY 100  General Psychology  OR  PSY 211  Social Psychology  OR  any course on menu
3
General Education Options
  • THE 140  Script Analysis (recommended)  OR  any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • General Education Options Courses (three courses)
12
   
Required Theatre Core Courses 27
DAN 131  Foundations of Dance 3
THE 131  Fundamentals of Acting 3
THE 141  Stagecraft I 3
THE 150  Introduction to Theatrical Design 3
THE 302  History of Theatre I 3
THE 304  World Drama  OR  ENG 425  Shakespeare Theatre  OR  THE 306  Modern Drama   3
THE 312  History of Theatre II 3
THE 320  Fundamentals of Directing 3
THE 450  Senior Thesis 3
   
Required Musical Theatre Core 15
Select 15 credits from the following:
  • DAN 132  Ballet Technique 
  • DAN 134  Tap Technique I 
  • DAN 133  Jazz Technique I 
  • DAN 233  Jazz Technique II 
  • DAN 260  Modern Dance 
  • DAN 301  Theatre Dance I 
  • DAN 302  Theatre Dance II 
  • MUS 215  Comprehensive Musicianship I 
  • THE 203  Musical Theatre Performance I 
  • THE 126  Makeup I 
  • THE 145-445  Private Instruction (4 credits)
  • THE 255  Puppetry 
  • THE 303  Musical Theatre Performance II 
  • THE 403  Musical Theatre Performance III 
  • THE 356  Practicum: Technical Practicum (3 to 6 credits)
15
   
Additional Electives/Minor 38
MUS 211  Keyboard Class (recommended) 0 or 3
THE 431  Acting in Musical Theatre (recommended) 0 or 3
THE 401  Finding Your Voice (recommended) 0 or 3
Student-Selected Electives/Minor Courses 29 to 38
   
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): Any 3-credit Special Experience Course
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): THE 312 Theatre History II AND Select from: THE 304, THE 306 OR ENG 425
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): Any Laboratory Course

Special Recommendations

A minor in art, arts administration, event planning, music, psychology, sociology or social work is recommended for those majoring in theatre. 

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/musical-theater/