University General Course Catalog 2023-2024 
    
    Jul 22, 2024  
University General Course Catalog 2023-2024

Musical Theatre, B.A.


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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
https://www.unr.edu/theatre-dance

College of Liberal Arts Student Center
Thompson Building 101
(775) 682-8745
http://www.unr.edu/liberal-arts/student-resources/academic-advising

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 | 42 Upper-Division 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 - CO9


Choose one course; the following courses are suggested:

  • (3 units) CO9
  • (3 units) CO9, CO10
  • OR

  • Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of CO9  courses.

     

    NOTE: In order to avoid exceeding the 120 total units needed for the degree, students should choose from approved CO9 courses within College of Liberal Arts disciplines so that this course may also apply to the College Breadth requirement (units counted in Additional College Requirement).

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10


C. Global Contexts - CO11


D. Ethics - CO12


Choose one course; the following courses are suggested:

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13


F. Application - CO14


III. Additional College Requirements (6-20 units)


Units may vary depending on initial course placement in foreign language coursework.

A. World Language Requirement (0-14 units)


Students seeking this bachelor’s degree must demonstrate proficiency in a world language other than English equal to a fourth semester course level through one of the following options:

  1. complete a fourth semester college course in a world language other than English;
  2. demonstrate proficiency through a means determined by the Department of World Languages and Literatures including but not limited to minimum standardized test scores (CBAPE, SAT II, or IB), attaining a minimum aptitude on an accredited world language assessment test, or providing transcript evidence of a high school or equivalent diploma in which English was not the language of instruction; or,
  3. participate in a study abroad language program pre-approved by the Department of World Languages and Literatures to meet the world language requirement. 

Note: Four years of high school world language instruction does not automatically satisfy this 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 Core General Education requirements (Core Objectives 1 through 8).

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)


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 (16 units)


Second Year


Fall Semester (17 units)


Spring Semester (14 units)


Third Year


Fall Semester (15 units)


Spring Semester (15 units)


Fourth Year


Fall Semester (14 units)


Spring Semester (12 units)


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