University General Course Catalog 2020-2021 
    Apr 12, 2021  
University General Course Catalog 2020-2021

Musical Theatre, B.A.

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre is to help students receive a university education along with intense, conservatory-style training while exposing them to an environment that reflects the diversity and richness of the profession.  Students admitted into this program through an audition process will confront the content as artists and scholars.  Building on Stanislavski’s emphasis on character-based action, objective, and truth, students learn how to develop their technical skillsets into personalized craft.  Musical theatre productions and performance lab classes allow students to explore integrating their training into a unique, fully-realized performer.  This interdisciplinary major allows students and faculty to explore connections that unite acting, singing and dancing.  Students will graduate well prepared to immerse themselves in the musical theatre profession.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students in the Musical Theatre Major will show marked improvement in theatre, music and dance techniques and performance as individual artists. 
  2. Students in the Musical Theatre Major will show marked improvement in theatre, music and dance techniques and performance as individual artists. 
  3. Students in the Musical Theatre Major will demonstrate a thorough knowledge of musical theatre theory in the areas of acting, music, and dance and competency in application of skills in audition and performance settings.

Contact Information

Department of Theatre and Dance
Church Fine Arts Complex 017
(775) 784-6829

College of Liberal Arts Student Center
Thompson Building 101
(775) 682-8745

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement and the degree planner (available by clicking  at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement  is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
  • Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units

I. Silver Core General Education Requirements (24-27 units)

Students in this major must meet all Silver Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units minimum) - CO2

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO2 courses .

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO4/CO4L courses .

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

II. Additional Silver Core Requirements (6 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these requirements may be satisfied by courses in the major requirements. Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

The following courses are suggested:

B. Diversity & Equity Course - CO10

C. Global Context Course - CO11

D. Ethics Course - CO12

The following courses are suggested:

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13

F. Application Course - CO14

III. Additional College Requirements (6-20 units)

A. Foreign Language Requirement (0-14 units)

Successful completion of the foreign language requirement may be accomplished through one of four options:

  1. complete a fourth semester college course in a foreign language or in American Sign Language;
  2. demonstrate proficiency through placement examination or other means determined by the Department of World Languages and Literatures, including minimum CBAPE, SAT II, or IB scores;
  3. show transcript evidence of successful completion of four years of high school coursework in the same foreign language; or
  4. participate in a Studies Abroad program pre-approved by the college to meet the foreign language requirement.

B. College Breadth Requirement (6 units)

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in the college shall be required to take, within the College of Liberal Arts, 6 units that are outside the departments in which they major or minor, and that exclude courses taken to fulfill the Silver Core General Education requirements (Core Objectives 1 through 7).

Musical Theatre students must choose Breadth courses that also satisfy the CO9 and CO12 requirements above.

IV. Major Requirements (73 units)

A. Theatre Foundations (10 units)

2. History Requirement (6 units)

3. Career Development Requirement (1 unit)

B. Musical Theatre Requirement (63 units)

1. Theatre Acting Requirement (23 units)

2. Music Requirement (28 units)

3. Dance Requirement (12 units)

V. Minor Requirement (0 units)

Because of the rigorous interdisciplinary nature of this program, the minor requirement will be met through courses taken in the major.

VI. Elective (5-28 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

First Year

Fall Semester (17 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

Second Year

Fall Semester (14 units)

Spring Semester (17 units)

Third Year

Fall Semester (16 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (11 units)