Mar 23, 2018  
American University Catalog 2017-2018 
American University Catalog 2017-2018

Performing Arts: Musical Theatre (BA)

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Offered by the Department of Performing Arts , College of Arts and Sciences .

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires demonstrated talent through an audition arranged with the department, preferably prior to beginning university studies. However, a student may enter as an intended major and audition once matriculated. Students will be accepted based on programmatic approval and written declaration of major.

University Requirements

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 51 credit hours with grades of C or better
    • Students who wish to study abroad must receive prior approval from their advisor in order to ensure that appropriate courses will transfer and that scholarships and financial aid will apply

Course Requirements

Production Participation (2-4 credit hours)

Complete the following to demonstrate participation in a minimum of four department productions in either a performance or technical capacity, including one production as stage manager or assistant stage manager, and one production in another technical capacity:

Note: Students cast in a department musical theatre production must also register for PERF-066 Musical Theatre Role Development (0)  or PERF-166 Musical Theatre Role Development (1) .

Stage Management


Additional Participation

Complete two courses from the following:

Musical Theatre (27 credit hours)

Dance Techniques

Complete 3 courses in dance techniques from the following, taken over three different semesters, for a minimum total of 3 credits hours:

Vocal Techniques

Complete 3 courses in vocal techniques from the following, taken over three different semesters, for a minimum total of 3 credit hours:

Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees  for more information.

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