Jun 15, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Theatre, Musical Theatre Major, B.A.

Program Description

A musical theatre major must fulfill B.A. degree and major requirements.

Special Admission and Retention Requirements

Admission to the dance, theatre and musical theatre majors are competitive and an audition/interview is required. Please see the School of Theatre and Dance website for more information: https://www.jmu.edu/theatredance/apply/index.shtml.

All School of Theatre and Dance  majors must complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree and must complete the General Education  program. Theatre/Musical Theatre majors cannot take THEA 210. Introduction to Theatre [C2VPA] to meet the visual and performing arts requirements. Dance majors cannot take DANC 215. The Dance Experience [C2VPA] to meet the visual and performing arts requirement. Courses from other academic units may not be counted both for the School of Theatre and Dance  majors and for another major. 

A minimum grade of “C” is required in all courses that apply to a major in the School of Theatre and Dance .

Degree and Major Requirements

Degree Requirements Credit Hours
General Education 1 41
Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required) 2 0-14
Philosophy course (in addition to General Education  courses) 3
University electives 0-14
Major requirements (listed below)





1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. Some credits may be fulfilled by courses required within the major.
2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student’s chosen language (typically 232) or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures’ placement test.

Major Requirements

All students pursuing a musical theatre major must complete the core requirements listed below.

Choose three of the following: 3 Credit Hours

(One credit each from scenery, lighting, costumes or management)

Choose one of the following: 3 Credit Hours

Major Requirements Total: 62 Credit Hours


1 Two enrollments of one credit each.
2 Four enrollments of one credit each.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year

Fourth Year

Program Total: 120 Credit Hours