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The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, Musical Theatre Track is designed to provide intensive training preparing students for professional careers as actor/singer/dancers. 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 120 s.h. to graduate (at least 60 s.h. must be completed at the 2600 level or higher and 39 s.h. must be at the 3700 level or higher).
  •  The following courses do NOT count as hours toward graduation:
    MATH 15015
    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".

YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics Requirement3
THTR 1512The American Musical (required for major)3
THTR 1560Introduction to Theatre (required for major)3
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab)7
Social Science (2 courses)6
Social and Personal Awareness (1 course)3
KSS 1500Physical Activity Core Concepts1
KSS 1550Pilates1
KSS 1552Yoga1
Major Requirements
THTR 1559Production Design for Stage and Screen3
THTR 1561Stagecraft3
Theatre Participation 1 (THTR 2600) must be taken 3 times for a total of 3 s.h.3
THTR 2601Singing Styles1
THTR 2664Musical Theatre Studio3
THTR 2667Acting 2: Voice for the Actor3
THTR 2668Acting 1: Fundamentals3
Theatre Participation 2 (THTR 3700) Must be taken 4 times for a total of 4 s.h.4
THTR 3701Professional Preparation2
THTR 3761Stage Makeup3
THTR 3762Directing 13
THTR 3768Script Analysis for Stage and Screen3
THTR 4860Theatre History after 17003
THTR 4898Senior Project3
VOIC 1501TVoice Musical Theatre 12
VOIC 1502TVoice Musical Theatre 22
VOIC 2601TAdvanced Musical Theatre 12
VOIC 2602TAdvanced Musical Theatre 22
VOIC 3701Voice2
VOIC 3702Voice2
VOIC 4801Voice2
MUAC 1521Keyboard Musicianship for Non-Music Majors 11
MUAC 1522Keyboard Musicianship for Non Music Majors 21
MUTC 1541Aural Theory 12
DNCE 1570Jazz Dance 11
DNCE 1571Tap Dance 11
DNCE 1572Ballet 11
DNCE 2667Musical Comedy1
DNCE 2670Jazz Dance 22
DNCE 2671Tap Dance 22
DNCE 2673Ballet 22
DNCE 3770Jazz Dance 32
DNCE 3771Tap Dance 32
DNCE 3781Ballet 32
Select two of the following:6
History of Stage Costume
Lighting Design
Stage Combat
Acting 3: Styles
Theatre History Before 1700
Topics in Theatre
Electives to meet 120 hours2
Total Semester Hours120-122
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
VOIC 1501T Voice Musical Theatre 1 2
DNCE 1572 Ballet 1 1
DNCE 1571 Tap Dance 1 1
THTR 2668 Acting 1: Fundamentals 3
MUTC 1541 Aural Theory 1 2
MUAC 1521 Keyboard Musicianship for Non-Music Majors 1 1
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
THTR 2600 Theatre Participation 1
 Semester Hours15-17
VOIC 1502T Voice Musical Theatre 2 2
DNCE 2673 Ballet 2 2
DNCE 1570 Jazz Dance 1 1
THTR 1559 Production Design for Stage and Screen 3
MUAC 1522 Keyboard Musicianship for Non Music Majors 2 1
THTR 1560 Introduction to Theatre 3
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
THTR 2600 Theatre Participation 1
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
VOIC 2601T Advanced Musical Theatre 1 2
DNCE 3781 Ballet 3 2
DNCE 2671 Tap Dance 2 2
THTR 1512 The American Musical 3
THTR 1561 Stagecraft 3
THTR 2601 Singing Styles 1
THTR 2600 Theatre Participation 1
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
 Semester Hours17
VOIC 2602T Advanced Musical Theatre 2 2
DNCE 2670 Jazz Dance 2 2
THTR 3700 Theatre Participation 2 1
THTR 3761 Stage Makeup 3
Social Science GER 3
THTR 2667 Acting 2: Voice for the Actor 3
THTR 3768 Script Analysis for Stage and Screen 3
 Semester Hours17
Year 3
VOIC 3701 Voice 2
DNCE 3771 Tap Dance 3 2
THTR 4860 Theatre History after 1700 3
THTR 3762 Directing 1 3
THTR 3700 Theatre Participation 2 1
Social & Personal Awareness GER 3
Elective 1
 Semester Hours15
VOIC 3702 Voice 2
THTR 3700 Theatre Participation 2 1
DNCE 3770 Jazz Dance 3 2
THTR 2664 Musical Theatre Studio 3
Upper Division THTR Elective 3
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
 Semester Hours14
Year 4
VOIC 4801 Voice 2
DNCE 2667 Musical Comedy 1
THTR 3701 Professional Preparation 2
THTR 3700 Theatre Participation 2 1
Upper Division THTR Elective 3
Natural Science + Lab 4
Elective 1
 Semester Hours14
THTR 4898 Senior Project 3
KSS 1500 Physical Activity Core Concepts 1
KSS 1550 Pilates 1
KSS 1552 Yoga 1
Social Science GER 3
Natural Science GER 3
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours120-122

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to act, i.e., to project one's self believably in work and action into imaginary circumstances in roles in a wide variety of styles and formats
  2. Demonstrate a flexible, strong, and controlled voice with trained breath support; appropriate vocal range and freedom from vocal and postural tension in rehearsal and performance; the student will also demonstrate the ability to project the voice effectively in theater spaces of varying sizes.
  3. Demonstrate musicianship by learning accurate rhythm, pitch, phrasing, tempi, and appropriate vocal style that is consistent with performance practice in their vocal repertoire.
  4. Demonstrate physical competence in dance and movement with a focus on ballet, tap, and jazz technique
  5. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of basic production elements, including stage make-up
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of musical theatre repertory, the history of its development and the relationship of this history to styles of performance
  7. Demonstrate effective audition techniques