Bachelor of Arts in Communication Specializing in Musical Theatre

This degree is well-suited for theatre students who already have a more defined career focus. The course of study is intensive and provides a strong foundation in a specialized area of theatre. The BAC in Theatre with a Specialization in Musical Theatre degree is a rigorous training program that combines coursework in theatre, dance and music to provide the strongest foundation possible for musical theatre performers.

This degree includes 70 hours of coursework outside of the department, as well as a core theatre curriculum and a specialized course of study. Instead of a minor, each BAC major must fulfill a support field requirement. For the Musical Theatre Specialization, this support field requirement will be met by prescribed coursework in Music and Dance.

Admission to this degree is by audition only. You can click on the links to access the audition requirements and the online audition reservation form.

All BAC in Theatre students, regardless of their specialization, must take the following core courses:

  • Production Practicum Acting or Tech  (six hours)
  • Major Event  (two semesters)
  • Script Analysis
  • Theatre History & Literature: Origins-1700s
  • Theatre History & Literature: 1700s-Present
  • Period, Style & Form
  • Senior Seminar

Musical Theatre Specialization:

  • Acting: Principles
  • Musical Theatre History
  • Acting: Songs & Arias
  • Support Field I – Music
    • Aural Skills I
    • Aural Skills II
    • Music Theory I
    • Group Piano (Students may test out).
    • 7 hours of MUSP 2720 Applied Voice, MUSP 2730 Musical Theatre Group Voice or MUSP 4720 Applied voice.
  • Support Field II – Dance (Choose 12 hours from the following list.)     
    • DANC 1070 Jazz Technique and Theory I
    • DANC 1100 Tap Dance I
    • DANC 1150 and DANC 2150  Modern Dance Technique and Theory I & II
    • DANC 1200 and DANC 2200 Ballet Technique and Theory I & II
    • DANC 1020 Ballroom Dancing I
    • DANC 2070 Jazz Dance and Pop Forms 
    • DANC 3160 Modern Dance Technique and Theory III
    • DANC 3950 Tap Dance II

Musical Theatre Application

BGSU’s Department of Theatre and Film is excited to be a part of the audition prescreening network. At prospective students can post audition videos and submit them for prescreening to universities for a nominal fee. While BGSU does not require you to go through the prescreening process, we do strongly encourage you to take a look at it and see if it looks right for you. We believe it has the potential to save prospective students and their families a lot of time and trouble, especially for those students who either live a great distance from BGSU and/or hope to apply at a number of schools. IMPORTANT: If you live more than 250 miles away and choose to submit recorded audition materials, we strongly recommend that you submit those materials through To access the website, click on the button below:

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