In addition to the University’s admission requirements, students must be officially accepted into the BFA program prior to the first semester of coursework in the major. Auditions and/or interviews for placement in the program are held on campus during the fall and spring semester of each year. Prospective students should contact the Department of Theatre and Dance for specific information about the audition process and dates.
General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
Note: Six hours of the General Education Humanities Requirement may not be included in the courses fulfilling the major.
Major Requirements (78 hours)
Core Requirements (31 hours)
Electives from approved courses inside or outside the department (5 hours). 2-3 hours of Dance courses suggested.
Complete one of the following options:
Acting (47 hours):
5 hours from approved performance related electives from Dance, Music, or Theatre courses
Each candidate will meet with the Acting faculty at the end of each spring semester to assess individual progress, strengths, and goals.
Dance (47 hours)
Dance Technique (33 hours):
Partnering (2 hours): DAN 348(2)
Performance Practicum: DAN 592(1)
Anatomy and Kinesiology (3 hours): DAN 364(3)
Pedagogy (4 hours): DAN 565(4)
It is strongly recommended that all Dance majors take DAN 180 and one course from the following: MUS 239, MUS 345 or MUS 346. These courses fulfill General Education Program requirements.
Design/Technology/Stage Management (47 hours):
General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog
Eligible Missouri State undergraduate theatre majors may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Theatre program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option are met. If a student is accepted, the undergraduate requirements of up to nine hours of 600-level theatre courses may be counted towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees (Mixed Credit). These courses will include, except in rare circumstances, THE 631 (3 hours) and THE 632 (3 hours). This option allows student with exceptional academic achievements to complete the coursework for both a bachelor's and a master's degree in 10 semesters with additional time as needed for the completion of the research requirement.
For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.