The B.F.A. is frequently, but not exclusively, chosen by those students wishing to pursue M.F.A. Degrees and professional performing careers. It stresses heavy course and performance work in the area of emphasis. Students pursuing this degree normally declare no later than five semesters before graduation. If graduation is sooner, they must gain the endorsement of the program coordinator.
Note: The nature of theatre as a field of study involves a considerable time commitment outside of regularly scheduled classes.
Majors are expected to participate on stage or behind the scenes in all major productions as members of the artistic ensemble.
Students are also expected to participate in a yearly adjudicated audition and a minimum of 3 annual reviews of performance and academic progress conducted by theatre arts faculty.
All students complete a Senior Thesis Production.
B.F.A., Musical Theatre
Required Theatre Core Courses: (21 Credit Hours)
|THA 111 Fundamentals of Acting I||3|
|THA 112 Acting II||3|
|THA 205 Applied Summer Theatre I||3|
|THA 300 Auditions and Makeup||3|
|THA 301 World Theatre I through the 18th Century (WI)||3|
|THA 302 World Theatre II through the Present (WI)||3|
|THA 498 Senior Seminar||3|
Required Musical Theatre Courses: (12 Credit Hours)
|THA 233 Introduction to Musical Theatre||3|
|THA 333 Advanced Musical Theatre||3|
|THA 320 Advanced Acting||4|
|THA 281-288 Theatre practicum||2|
Required Music Courses: (19 Credit Hours)
|MUS 102 Fundamentals of Music||3|
|MUS 143 Piano I||1|
|MUS 144 Piano II||1|
|MUS 153 Voice I||1|
|MUS 154 Voice II||1|
|MUS 131-432 Vocal Ensembles (1 credit each)||3|
|MUS 203 Harmony and Musicianship I||3|
|MUS 204 Harmony and Musicianship II||3|
|MUS 151-452 Private Music Lessons (1 credit each)||3|
Required Dance Courses: (5 Credit Hours)
|DAN 105 Beginning Dance Styles||1|
|DAN 106 Intermediate Dance Styles||1|
|DAN 110 Beginning Dance for Performance||1|
|DAN 111 Intermediate Dance for Performance||1|
|DAN 121 Rhythm with the Feet||1|
Total Hours Required in Major 57