Four-Year Degree Plan: Musical Theatre

The musical theatre program at Missouri State can be completed in four years or a total of eight semesters. However, a four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring upon admission to the University.

Sample schedule

This is a model four-year degree plan. Your path to graduation may very slightly based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school, your choice of a minor or second major, and placement in English. This sample schedule serves as a guide and should not replace regular meetings with your advisor.

All music and theatre courses should be taken in the sequence suggested. Students may wish to rearrange the general education classes but are cautioned to check for prerequisites that can affect graduation planning.

A projected course offering list is provided in the course rotation.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 153 Voice 1-4
THE 121 Acting Studio I 3
THE 122 The Tools of the Actor 3
DAN 130 Dance Fundamentals: Ballet 2
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
MUS 100 Music Fundamentals 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
Total hours16

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 153 Voice 1-4
THE 130 Introduction to Script Analysis 3
THE 150 Introduction to Theatre Technology 2
THE 151 Introduction to Theatre Technology Lab 1
THE 221 Acting Studio II 3
THE 226 Intermediate Voice and Movement 2
DAN 131 Dance Fundamentals: Modern Dance 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Total hours17

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 253 Voice 1-4
MUS 103 Theory and Musicianship I 3
MUS 137 Piano Class I 1
MUS 280 Musical Theatre Workshop 2
THE 321 Acting Studio III 3
DAN 216 Elementary Modern Dance 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
SOC 150 Introduction to Society 3
Total hours19

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 253 Voice 1-4
MUS 298 Upper Division Applied Status 0
MUS 104 Theory and Musicianship II 3
THE 224 Stage Makeup I 1
THE 421 Acting Studio IV 3
DAN 230 Elementary Ballet 3
DAN 125 Dance Fundamentals: Tap Dance 2
HST 121 or HST 122 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
Total hours19

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 353 Voice 1-4
MUS 343 Musical Theatre History I 3
THE 451 Auditions 2
DAN 245 Elementary Jazz Dance 3
DAN 225 Tap Dance II 2
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
BIO 101 Biology in Your World 3
BIO 111 Laboratory for Biology in Your World 1
Total hours19

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 353 Voice 1-4
MUS 344 Musical Theatre History II 3
MUS 380 Musical Theatre Workshop 2
THE 328 Stage Combat 3
LLT 180 The Heroic Quest 3
AST 114 Survey of Astronomy 4
Total hours17

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 453 Voice 1-4
MUS 480 Musical Theatre Workshop 2
THE 255 Lighting Design I 2
THE 256 Lighting Lab 1
PHI 105 Critical Thinking 3
HST 103 World History to Circa 1600 C.E. 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
Total hours16

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 498 Senior Recital 2-4
MUS 480 Musical Theatre Workshop 2
THE 250 Stagecraft and Construction I 2
THE 251 Stagecraft and Construction Lab 1
THE 424 Dialects 1
DAN 323 Musical Theatre Styles 2
ENG 203 or ENG 205 or ENG 215 3
GEN 499 University Exit Examination 0
Total hours13-15