Bachelor of Arts in Theatre: Musical Theatre

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The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 13
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
THE 141  Stagecraft I  3
THE 150  Introduction to Theatrical Design  3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Course
3
   
Second Semester 13
THE 131  Fundamentals of Acting  3
THE 140  Script Analysis 3
THE 356  Theatre Practicum: Technical Production 1
General Education Courses 6
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 13
DAN 132  Ballet Technique  OR  DAN 133  Jazz Technique I  OR  DAN 301  Theatre Dance I 3
THE 302  History of Theatre I  3
THE 356  Theatre Practicum: Technical Production
1
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses 
9
   
Fourth Semester 16
THE 312  History of Theatre II  3
THE 356  Theatre Practicum: Technical Production 1
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses  9
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 13
THE 304  World Drama  OR  THE 305  Shakespeare  OR  THE 306  Modern Drama 3
THE 320  Fundamentals of Directing 3
THE 356  Theatre Practicum: Technical Production
1
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses  6 to 8
   
Sixth Semester 16
MUS 304  American Musical  3
MUS 359  Private Voice III 1
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses 12
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 11 to 16
THE 450  Senior Thesis OR Practicum 1 to 3
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses 10 to 13
   
Eighth Semester 11 to 16
THE 450  Senior Thesis OR Practicum 1 to 3
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses 10 to 13
Total 120

 

Program Requirements

Theatre Core Courses

  • DAN 132  Ballet Technique OR DAN 133 Jazz Technique I OR DAN 301 Theatre Dance I
  • THE 131  Fundamentals of Acting
  • THE 141  Stagecraft I
  • THE 150  Introduction to Theatrical Design
  • THE 302  History of Theatre I
  • THE 304  World Drama OR THE 305 Shakespeare OR THE 306 Modern Drama
  • THE 312  Theatre History II
  • THE 320  Fundamentals of Directing
  • THE Senior Thesis

Required Musical Theatre Core (select five)

  • DAN 132  Ballet Technique
  • DAN 133  Jazz Technique I
  • DAN 134  Tap Technique I
  • DAN 233  Jazz Technique II
  • DAN 260  Modern Dance
  • DAN 301  Theatre Dance I
  • DAN 302  Theatre Dance II
  • MUS 159-459  Private Voice (4 credits)
  • MUS 191  University Choir OR MUS 192 California Singers
  • MUS 215  Comprehensive Musicianship I
  • THE 126  Makeup
  • THE 203  Musical Theatre Performance I
  • THE 255  Puppetry
  • THE 303  Musical Theatre Performance II
  • THE 356  Practicum: Technical Production (3 to 6 credits)
  • THE 403  Musical Theatre Performance III

Additional Core Electives/Minor

  • Six additional THE/MUS courses are recommended. 

Recommended General Education Courses

  • Public Speaking: CDC 201 Argumentation and Advocacy
  • Health and Wellness: HSC 315 First Aid and Personal Safety
  • Technological Literacy: THE 480 Digital Performance
  • Humanities: THE 140 Script Analysis
  • Fine Arts: MUS 104 Voice Class
  • Natural Sciences: CMD 221 Speech Science
  • Social Sciences: PSY 100 General Psychology OR PSY 211 Social Psychology
  • General Education Options: THE 140 Script Analysis OR any EMEL course

Additional Recommended Courses

  • THE 431  Acting in Musical Theatre
  • MUS 211  Keyboard Class
  • MUS 304  American Musical