Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Musical Theatre With Theatre Emphasis

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theatre is available with an emphasis in theatre or dance. This is a 138 hour degree.

Entry into the musical theatre program is by audition only, and those auditions are scheduled toward the end of every semester. Contact the Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre for information.

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Major in Musical Theatre With Theatre Emphasis
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences)3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option)4
Major: Foundation Musical Theatre
Theatre Course Requirements
Select two of the following:2
Tech Build Crew
Costume Crew
Management Crew
Advanced Tech Build Crew 2
Advanced Costume Crew 2
Advanced Theatre Mgmt. Crew 2
THEA 1364Beginning Acting3
THEA 2367Play Analysis3
Theatre Block Courses
The following Block Courses are restricted until after the successful completion of the program-specific audition/portfolio and interview process.
THEA 2330Stage Make Up3
THEA 2336Voice I for the Actor3
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Acting
Improvisational Techniques
THEA 3117Musical Theatre Workshop (8 semesters) 38
THEA 3360History Of The Theatre I3
THEA 3369Advanced Acting: Modern Thtre 43
THEA 4190Senior Showcase1
THEA 4331Acting For The Camera3
THEA 4332Auditioning For Comm Theatre3
THEA 4366Directing I3
THEA 4371The American Musical Theatre3
Theatre Emphasis--Musical Theatre Major
Select 12 hours of electives from the following:12
Voice II for the Actor
Advanced Stage Make Up
Advanced Acting: Class. Thetre
Improvisational Techniques
Stage Movemnt I for the Actor
Meisner Technique
Acting In Major Roles
Theatre Internship
Stage Combat
Playwriting
Directing II
Dance Course Requirements
Dance electives (8 semesters) 16
Music Course Requirements
MTVO 1201Musical Theatre Applied Voice (4 semesters) 58
MTVO 3100Platform Performances (2 semesters) 62
MTVO 3201Musical Theatre Applied Voice (4 semesters)8
MUSI 1115Keyboard Harmony I1
MUSI 1116Keyboard Harmony II1
MUSI 1226Practical Theory I2
MUSI 1227Practical Theory II2
Minor: Not Required 7
Total Hours138
1

MATH 1332 is recommended.

2

Block Courses are restricted until after the successful completion of the program-specific audition/portfolio and interview process. 

3

Or up to 4 hours of THEA 3114, THEA 3395, THEA 4093, MUEN XXXX, MUSI XXXX with departmental approval. 

4

Or THEA 3395 or THEA 4093 with departmental approval.  

5

Or up to 4 hours of THEA 3395, THEA 4093, MUEN XXXX, VOIC XXXX, MUSI XXXX with departmental approval. 

6

Or THEA 3114 or MUEN XXXX with departmental approval. 

7

A minor is not required for this degree program; however, a student has the option to add a minor, but to do so additional semester credits hours may be needed above the degree program’s stated total semester credit hours. 

Notes

Students must earn a 2.5 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.75 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.5 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.75 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

Sophomore Gate. In conjunction with classes in acting, dance and voice, musical theatre majors will participate in an assessment interview at the conclusion of the sophomore year (or end of first year for transfer students) with musical theatre faculty to determine the student’s progress and potential for completion of the BFA in Musical Theatre degree. 

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area II13Dance Elective22
Dance Elective22ENGL 130233
ENGL 130133HIST 130173
THEA 1115, 1116, 1117, 3115, 3116, or 31271MTVO 120142
MTVO 120142THEA 1115, 1116, 1117, 3115, 3116, or 31271
THEA 13643THEA 233063
THEA 23673THEA 31175,61
THEA 31175, 61THEA 3372 or 236863
 18 18
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area IX1Component Area III4
Dance Elective22Dance Elective22
HIST 130273MTVO 120142
MTVO 120142MUSI 11161
MUSI 11151MUSI 12272
MUSI 12262POLS 230683
POLS 230583THEA 31175,61
THEA 233663THEA 336063
THEA 31175,61 
 18 18
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area V3Component Area III4
Component Area IV3Component Area VIII3
Dance Elective22Dance Elective22
MTVO 31009, 101MTVO 3201112
MTVO 3201112THEA 31175,61
THEA 31175,61THEA 433263
THEA 33696,123THEA 437163
THEA 436663 
 18 18
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component IX3Dance Elective22
Dance Elective22MTVO 3201112
MTVO 31009,101THEA 31175,61
MTVO 3201112THEA 419061
THEA 311751THEA 433163
THEA Emphasis Electives136THEA Emphasis Electives136
 15 15
Total Hours: 138
1

MATH 1332 is recommended.

2

Taken for 8 semesters.

3

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area I (Communication).

4

Or up to 4 hours of THEA 3395, THEA 4093 MUEN XXXX, VOIC XXXX, MUSI XXXX, with department approval. Taken for 4 semesters.

5

Or up to 4 hours of  THEA 3114, THEA 3395, THEA 4093, MUEN XXXX, MUSI XXXX with departmental approval. Taken for 8 semesters.

6

Block Courses are restricted until after the successful completion of the program-specific audition/portfolio and interview process.

7

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VI (U.S. History).

8

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VII (Political Science).

9

Taken for 2 semesters.

10

Or THEA 3114 or MUEN XXXX with departmental approval. 

11

Taken for 4 semesters. 

12

Or THEA 3395 or THEA 4093 with departmental approval. 

13

Select 12 hours of THEA Emphasis Electives from the below course list. 

Theatre Emphasis Electives 13
THEA 2337Voice II for the Actor3
THEA 3331Advanced Stage Make Up3
THEA 3370Advanced Acting: Class. Thetre3
THEA 3372Improvisational Techniques3
THEA 3373Stage Movemnt I for the Actor3
THEA 3380Meisner Technique3
THEA 3395Acting In Major Roles3
THEA 4093Theatre Internship3
THEA 4326Stage Combat3
THEA 4362Playwriting3
THEA 4367Directing II3

Notes

Students must earn a 2.5 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.75 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.5 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.75 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

Sophomore Gate. In conjunction with classes in acting, dance and voice, musical theatre majors will participate in an assessment interview at the conclusion of the sophomore year (or end of first year for transfer students) with musical theatre faculty to determine the student’s progress and potential for completion of the BFA in Musical Theatre degree.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BFA in in Musical Theatre With Theatre Emphasis is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  •  Creative, analytical, investigative, and pedagogical skills.
  •  Collaboration and professionalism as a member of a team.
  • Expression of ideas both orally and in performance.
  • Clear communication and active listening skills.