College of Humanities & Fine Arts

BA in Musical Theatre


The Department of Music and Theatre Arts provides focused, pre-professional training within the context of broad, liberal arts study. Through a program of applied studio courses, workshops, and full productions, students learn an immediately useful set of theatre skills to prepare them for entry-level professional theatre employment or advanced study in professional theatre training programs and graduate schools. Concurrent study of textual analysis, literature, and history help them place the theatre within its larger historical and cultural context and to think critically, reason clearly, imagine creatively and communicate effectively about theatre and the world of which it is a part.

Musical Theatre is a prescribed degree. After completing the core classes, students focus their studies specifically on musical theatre performance in the areas of acting, voice, singing, music, and dance.

Goals & Objectives

  • Ability to comprehend, articulate and execute aesthetic ideas and concepts
  • Ability to understand theatre within its historical and cultural contexts
  • Collaborative and interpersonal skills
  • Organizational and leadership skills
  • Performance and design/technical competencies

Common Learning Outcomes for the Department of Music & Theatre

  1. Students will be able to comprehend and appreciate aesthetic ideas and concepts within the theatrical or musical arts through practice, observation, and study.
  2. Students will be able to articulate knowledge, theory and criticism of the musical or theatrical arts within a historical and cultural context through writing, oral presentation, and applied practice.
  3. Students will be able to apply individual, collaborative and leadership skills through performance or studio production.
  4. Students will have a working knowledge of current industry standards and practices respective to their discipline(s).

Additional Outcomes by Degree: Musical Theatre

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of vocational practices including professional rehearsal procedures, audition techniques, and portfolio demonstration.
  2. Students will have a knowledge and comprehension of theatre design principles and other facets of technical theatre involved in the collaborative process.