Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Slippery Rock University

Acting, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Concentration in Musical Theatre

Program Learning Outcomes

Acting - Musical Theatre, BFA

  • Students will demonstrate an advanced level of musical skills including voice performance, musicianship, music theory and sight singing.
  • Students will demonstrate basic to proficient dance skills in a variety of musical theatre styles.

Theatre Department, Overall

  • Communication: Students will demonstrate the ability to think, speak and write about theatre clearly and effectively.
  • Creation/Production/Performance: Students will create, produce and perform theatre at a pre-professional level.
  • Professional Proficiency: Students will successfully prepare for employment in the professional theatre community.
  • Professional Proficiency: Students will demonstrate successful leadership, initiative, attitude, and punctuality in adherence with professional standards.
  • Historical Knowledge: Students will accurately identify specific knowledge related to plays, conventions, practitioners, movements, and/or theatre spaces drawn from the range of world theatre Degree Program Writing Competency: Students will gain proficiency in various areas of writing common to theatre practice.

Related Links

Acting - Musical Theatre, BFA Program Page

Theatre Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 3.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.50 or higher


Rock Studies Requirements42
Other Basic Requirments0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements78

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Science Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Science Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Writing Competency Requirements

Requirement Course Grade
Scholarly Paper in MLA format ASPM
Professional Resume APR
Professional Cover Letter APCL

Major Requirements

  • 39 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 39 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Core Requirements
DANC 125Experiencing Dance: Techniques and Styles3
THEA 131Fundamentals of Acting3
THEA 132Stagecraft3
THEA 142Wellness for the Actor3
THEA 222Acting II3
THEA 281Survey of Dramatic Literature I3
THEA 283Survey of Dramatic Literature II3
THEA 303Acting III3
THEA 324Stage Makeup3
THEA 337Directing3
THEA 353Voice for the Actor3
THEA 351Movement for the Actor3
THEA 425Professional Theatre Practice3
THEA 442Senior Showcase3
Musical Theatre Concentration
THEA 145Musicianship for Musical Theatre3
THEA 146Class Voice For Musical Theatre3
THEA 244Acting for Song I3
THEA 246Private Musical Theatre Voice (Repeat 5 semesters for 5 total credits)5
THEA 304Acting for Song II3
THEA 347Auditioning for Musical Theatre3
THEA 348Musical Theatre Repertory (Repeat 3 semester for 9 total credits)9
THEA 392History of Musical Theatre3
Select two of the following:4
Modern Dance Technique: Level II
Ballet II
Jazz Dance II
Selected Topics
Society and Social Dance
Modern Dance Technique: Level III
Ballet III
Jazz Dance III
Modern Dance Technique: Level IV
Ballet IV
Jazz Dance IV
Contemporary Partnering
Modern Dance Technique: Level V
Modern Dance Technique: Level VI
Musical Theatre Dance I
Musical Theatre Dance II
Total Hours78

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs International study programs (including Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Festival Trip)
  2. SRU Theatre Department Productions
  3. Theatre internships and summer theatre employment
  4. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  5. Student-faculty research
  6. Student leadership development
  7. Department field trips
  8. Theatre Department Student Staff
  9. Student Lab Productions in Sheehy Theatre
  10. Guest Artist lectures, workshops, and productions

THEATRE - BFA (5390)
Concentration in Musical Theatre (MTHP)
This program is effective as of Fall 2020
Revised 07.07.2021
UCC 03.05.20 

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
THEA 131 Fundamentals of Acting 3
THEA 142 Wellness for the Actor 3
THEA 145 Musicianship for Musical Theatre (F) 3
THEA 146 Class Voice For Musical Theatre 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
THEA 222 Acting II 3
THEA 246 Private Musical Theatre Voice 1
THEA 392 History of Musical Theatre 3
DANC 125 Experiencing Dance: Techniques and Styles 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
SUBJ 139Unversity Seminar 1 3
Second Year
THEA 244 Acting for Song I 3
THEA 246 Private Musical Theatre Voice 1
THEA 281 Survey of Dramatic Literature I 3
THEA 348 Musical Theatre Repertory 3
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
THEA 246 Private Musical Theatre Voice 1
THEA 283 Survey of Dramatic Literature II 3
THEA 304 Acting for Song II 3
THEA 324 Stage Makeup 3
THEA 348 Musical Theatre Repertory 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Third Year
THEA 246 Private Musical Theatre Voice 1
THEA 303 Acting III 3
THEA 347 Auditioning for Musical Theatre 3
THEA 353 Voice for the Actor 3
Social Science Inquiry 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
THEA 132 Stagecraft 3
THEA 246 Private Musical Theatre Voice 1
THEA 348 Musical Theatre Repertory 3
THEA 351 Movement for the Actor 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
MTP Concentration Dance Class 2
Fourth Year
THEA 425 Professional Theatre Practice 3
MTP Concentration Dance Class 2
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
THEA 337 Directing 3
THEA 442 Senior Showcase 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
 Total Hours**121

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 5390
Concentration Code: MTHP
Revised date: 10.04.2021