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The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater is designed to provide intensive training preparing students for professional careers as actor/singers. It is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), and admission to this program is available by audition/interview only. This degree may be completed in eight semesters if students average 16 hours per semester. Retention in the program is contingent upon an annual progress review presented by each student.

Important Notes

  •  View the Undergraduate Catalog for information including course descriptions and prerequisites, major and minor requirements, academic policies, etc.
  •  Check the Undergraduate Catalog for course prerequisites; classes taken out of sequence will not count toward graduation.
  •  A grade of “C” or better is required in all required major and minor courses. Courses taken as “CR/NC” will not count towards the major or minor.
  •  Courses cannot count toward both the major and minor.
  •  Courses taken for the major and minor may be applied toward satisfying General Education requirements, but credit hours cannot be double counted.
  •  Course numbers of 3700 and higher are considered upper-division courses.
  •  You must complete coursework totaling a minimum of 124 s.h. to graduate (at least 60 s.h. must be completed at the 2600 level or higher and 48 s.h. must be at the 3700 level or higher).
  •  The following courses do NOT count as hours toward graduation:
    MATH 1501Elementary Algebraic Models5
    MATH 1507Intermediate Algebra3
    ENGL 1509Academic English for Non-native Speakers3
    ENGL 1512English Conversation for Non-native Speakers1
    ENGL 1539Fundamentals of College Writing4
    ENGL 1540Introduction to College Writing3
    RSS 1510AAdvanced College Success Skills3
    RSS 1510BBasic College Success Skills3
    RSS 1510CSTEM Advanced College Success Skills4
  • The residency rule states that the last 30 s.h. of your degree and at least 16 s.h. in your major and 21 s.h. in upper-division courses must be completed at YSU.
  •  Eligibility to continue receiving federal financial aid is affected by your “satisfactory academic progress.” Carefully review details on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship website.
  •  Meet with your advisor on a regular basis to ensure you are meeting requirements for graduation.

Graduation Process

  •  One Year Before Expected Graduation
    •  Request a Graduation Evaluation
    •  When your evaluation is complete, make an appointment with the chairperson of your department.
  •  Semester You Plan To Graduate
    •  Apply for graduation during the first three weeks of the semester you plan to graduate (you must have a graduation evaluation completed in advance).

Grade of "C" or better is required. Courses cannot be taken "CR/NC".

General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences (two plus lab)7
Social Science6
Social and Personal Awareness6
CCAC 1500College Success3
Major Requirements
Survey of Musical Theater (THTR 1512 is taken as an Arts & Humanities Gen Ed Requirement)
THTR 1559Play Production3
THTR 1561Stagecraft3
Theater Participation 1 (THTR 2600A, THTR 2600B, THTR 2600C)3
THTR 2668Acting 1: Fundamentals3
THTR 2667Acting 2: Voice for the Actor3
Theater Participation 2 (THTR 3700A, THTR 3700B, THTR 3700C, THTR 3700D)4
THTR 3701Professional Preparation2
THTR 3761Stage Makeup3
THTR 3762Directing 13
THTR 3764History of Stage Costume3
THTR 3766Stage Combat3
THTR 3791Rehearsal and Performance3
THTR 4860Theater History after 17003
THTR 4863Acting 3: Styles3
THTR 4891Theater History Before 17003
THTR 4898Senior Project3
Select two of the following:6
Costume Construction and Craft
Script Analysis
Acting 4: Acting on Camera
Independent Study in Theater
Topics in Theater
VOIC 1501TVoice Musical Theater 12
VOIC 1502TVoice Musical Theater 22
VOIC 2601TAdvanced Musical Theater 12
VOIC 2602TAdvanced Musical Theater 22
VOIC 3701Voice2
VOIC 3702Voice2
VOIC 4801Voice2
VOIC 4802Voice2
MUAC 1581Class Piano 11
MUAC 1582Class Piano 21
MUTC 1531
MUTC 1541
Music Theory 1
and Aural Theory 1
Must take THT 2664 Musical Theater Lab Twice2
Select five s.h. from the following:5
Modern Dance 1
Modern Dance 2
Wellness for Actors and Dancers
Tap and Jazz 1
Tap and Jazz 2
Ballet 1
Choreography for Musical Theater
Fencing 1
Fencing 2
Total Semester Hours123
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
VOIC 1501T Voice Musical Theater 1 2
Dance Level 1 choice 1
THTR 1561 Stagecraft 3
THTR 2668 Acting 1: Fundamentals 3
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
THTR 1560 Understanding Theater 3
THTR 2600 Theater Participation 1
 Semester Hours16
VOIC 1502T Voice Musical Theater 2 2
THTR 1512 Survey of Musical Theater 3
THTR 1559 Play Production 3
THTR 2667 Acting 2: Voice for the Actor 3
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
THTR 2600B Theater Participation 1
 Semester Hours15
Year 2
VOIC 2601T Advanced Musical Theater 1 2
MUAC 1581 Class Piano 1 1
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Social Science GER 3
THTR 2600C Theater Participation 1
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
Natural Science GER 3
 Semester Hours16
VOIC 2602T Advanced Musical Theater 2 2
MUAC 1582 Class Piano 2 1
MUTC 1531
MUTC 1541
Music Theory 1
and Aural Theory 1
THTR 3700 Theater Participation 2 1
THTR 3761 Stage Makeup 3
THTR 3766 Stage Combat 3
THTR 2664 Musical Theater Lab 1
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
VOIC 3701 Voice 2
THTR 3700B Theater Participation 2 1
THTR 3762 Directing 1 3
THTR 4891 Theater History Before 1700 3
Upper Division Social & Personal Awareness GER 3
Social Science GER 3
 Semester Hours15
VOIC 3702 Voice 2
THTR 3700C Theater Participation 2 1
DNCE 3767 Choreography for Musical Theater 2
THTR 4860 Theater History after 1700 3
THTR 3764 History of Stage Costume 3
THTR 2664 Musical Theater Lab 1
THTR 4863 Acting 3: Styles 3
THTR 3701 Professional Preparation 2
 Semester Hours17
Year 4
VOIC 4801 Voice 2
THTR 3700D Theater Participation 2 1
Upper Division Elective 3
Natural Science + Lab 4
THTR 3791 Rehearsal and Performance 3
Dance choice Level 2 2
 Semester Hours15
VOIC 4802 Voice 2
THTR 4898 Senior Project 3
Upper Division THTR Elective 3
Social & Personal Awareness GER 3
General Education Elective 3
 Semester Hours14
 Total Semester Hours123

Learning Outcomes

  1. Pubic Performances:  Students will competently create and present public theater events, either as a performers, designers or technicians.
  2. Knowledge of History and Cultural Dimensions:  Students will explain the history and cultural influences of and upon the institution of theater throughout the ages.
  3. Informed Assessments of Quality:  Students will critically evaluate works of theater.
  4. Critical Thinking:  Students will define a desired goal in creating a work of theater, and devise a plan to achieve that goal.
  5. Musical Knowledge:  Students will understand basic music theory, and the keyboard.
  6. Vocal Competence:  Students will competently sing and act a musical selection in the musical theater style.