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Theatre Major—Musical Theatre Track (BA)

Department of Theatre and Dance, 115 Rowand-Johnson Hall
www.as.ua.edu/theatre
theatre@as.ua.edu

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in theatre must complete all University, college (see pp. 52-53), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Students are expected to declare a major formally no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form. (Also see “Additional Major Requirements.”)

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA.

Major courses. The major in theatre requires the successful completion of the following 36 semester hours:

Courses Hours
TH 141 3
TH 120 or TH 220 3
TH 165 3
TH 166 3
TH 291 1
TH 361 or TH 470 3
TH 391 1
TH 451 3
TH 452 3
TH 465 3
TH 466 3
TH 491 1
TH electives 300 or 400 level 1
TH electives 6
Total 36

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in theatre—musical theatre track requires the successful completion of the following courses outside the major:

Courses Hours
DN 210 3
DN 310 3
DN 300/400* 6
DN elective* 6
MUA 174 4
MUA 374** 2
Total 24
   
*To be chosen from the following technique courses: DN 101, DN 111, DN 121, DN 122, DN 151, DN 200, DN 210, DN 211, DN 212, DN 221, DN 222, DN 251, DN 252, DN 300, DN 310, DN 311, DN 312, DN 321, DN 322, DN 352, DN 400, DN 411, DN 412, DN 421, DN 422, or DN 452. Completion of additional hours of dance technique is highly recommended.
 
**Completion of 2 additional hours of MUA 374 is highly recommended.

Required minor. The theatre major—musical theatre track does not require the completion of a minor.

Additional major requirements. The musical theatre track is designed for students preparing for professional careers or graduate study in musical theatre. Admission is by audition, and students are expected to show continued progress in acting, singing, and dance. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester. College advisors are also available for additional assistance with minor, college, and University requirements.

Special opportunities. The Department of Theatre and Dance offers various programs of study leading to the BA degree in theatre. These program areas include acting, musical theatre, theatre management and administration, scene design and technical production, and costume design and production. Please see the principal advisor in each of these areas for entrance requirements and a suggested course of study.

The highly motivated student who seeks to be well prepared for either the profession or graduate education may choose to take more hours in the major than the specified 36. This plan of action is highly desirable and strongly advised, but is not required. If more than 42 hours are accrued in the major, the student will be exceeding the 120 credit-hour requirement for graduation by the number of hours taken over the single subject 42 semester-hour limit.

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