Jul 22, 2024  
2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Performing Arts, B.A.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study

The Performing Arts major involves an interdisciplinary study of dance, music, and theatre leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Performing Arts. While each of the Performing Arts is a distinct discipline, they have historically drawn from each other in both theory and practice. The Performing Arts major is a cross disciplinary major encouraging students to broaden their perspectives and the range of their skills. It is intended for the liberal arts student seeking to attain a broad based knowledge of the performing arts and for the student seeking to build skills that cross traditional disciplines. Its practical application might be as a basis for a career in arts management, education, or as a foundation in such fields as musical theatre performance, which synthesize all the arts.

The major seeks to acquaint students with the commonalities shared by all three fields and to provide specialized understanding and mastery of two. The major also seeks to provide a solid understanding of the history and theory in the Performing Arts with experience in the practical application of the discipline through studio courses and through the department’s performance programs. Students are encouraged to participate in the London Study Abroad program, which focuses on exposure to the Performing Arts.

Program Requirements

Performing Arts Majors must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210 . Students should formulate a specific program of study in consultation with the Performing Arts faculty. Students must complete the requirements below, a minimum of 42 credits within the major and sufficient electives to total at least 120 credits.

Required Courses

Foundation Courses (19 credits required)

(these courses lay the foundations of theory and practice in each discipline)

23 Additional Credits in the Performing Arts

9 credits must be at the 300 level or above

A full list of courses and descriptions are found in the sections of the catalogue devoted to each discipline.

Interdisciplinary Requirement

Beyond the Foundation courses, 6 credits each must be from two different Program areas.

(In Music only a maximum of three credits in MUSIC 141 - Chorus  or MUSIC 151 - Instrumental Ensemble  may be used to fulfill this requirement.)

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study