2016-17 Catalog

Publication date June 2016

Theatre Arts Major: Music Theatre Emphasis - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

Students enrolling in a theatre major must complete the theatre arts major core requirements and one area of emphasis.

Core requirements (21 credits)

THA 210Foundations of Theatrical Production3
THA 220Acting I: Fundamentals3
THA 231Stagecraft3
THA 250Theatre Studies I: Origins to the Middle Ages3
THA 251Theatre Studies II: Renaissance Thru Mid 19th Century3
THA 350Theatre Studies III: Realism to the Present3
THA 490Capstone Project in Theatre Arts3
Total Credits21

THA 260 required first semester first year. THA 360 required every semester after first semester first year, except when completing THA 490.

Music theatre emphasis (16 credits)

Students must be accepted into the theatre major: music theatre emphasis (by audition) before declaring it as a major. Students enrolling in this major must also declare and complete the music minor: music theatre emphasis requirements.

THA 221Movement for the Stage3
THA 222Voice and Diction for the Stage3
THA 270Music Theatre Vocal Study 11
THA 310The Singer/Actor3
THA 320Acting II: Characterization3
THA/MUS 324Cabaret Performance Workshop3
Dance Requirement:
ESS 100Physical Activities (Four credits, music theatre and tap are required. Remaining two credits may be chosen from ballet, jazz or modern. Credits do not count toward major.)
Total Credits16

Students may enroll in THA 270 Music Theatre Vocal Study (1-2 cr.) for up to 6 semesters after completing the applied voice requirement in their music minor. One credit will count toward the major.

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

College of Liberal Studies (CLS/SAC) Bachelor of Arts core requirements

The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:

  1. Students majoring in English or in a modern language must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree (education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree).
  2. Students majoring in other CLS programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
  3. Language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) used to fulfill general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
  4. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 39 credits required in the General Education Program.
  5. At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CLS designated diversity course.
  6. Applicable courses may be found on the CLS B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.

Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).

Declare ONE of the following tracks in the CLS Academic Services Office in 260 Morris Hall:

A. Language track

  1. Native speakers of English complete:
    Select one of the following:
    Intermediate Chinese II
    Intermediate French II
    Intermediate German II
    Intermediate Russian II
    Intermediate Spanish II
    World Languages: Intermediate II
    Heritage Language: Intermediate
    Heritage Language: Advanced
    Non-native speakers of English: score at least 80 on the La Crosse Battery of exams for non-native speakers of English; or submit a TOEFL or IELTS score that meets the university's English language proficiency requirement for admission; or complete ESL 252 or ESL 253, and one additional course from ESL 250, ESL 251, ESL 252, ESL 253. (Contact the English as a Second Language Institute for eligibility and regulations); and
  2. Two additional courses outside of the student's major in two of the following: humanities, social sciences or fine arts.

B. Humanities track

  1. One modern language course 102 or higher or an Office of International Education (OIE) approved semester long study abroad experience combined with the INS 250, INS 251, INS 252 sequence; and
  2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: history, English, philosophy; and
  3. One additional course in social sciences or fine arts.

C. Fine arts track

  1. One modern language course 102 or higher or an Office of International Education (OIE) approved semester long study abroad experience combined with the INS 250, INS 251, INS 252 sequence; and
  2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: art, communication studies, music, theatre; and
  3. One additional course in social sciences or humanities.
In addition to all other College of Liberal Studies core requirements, all students in CLS must complete a second major, minor, or program option by satisfying one of the following:
  1. Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
  2. Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
  3. Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
THA 2601THA 3601
THA 2103THA 2203
THA 2223MUA 2211
MUA 2211ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3
Gen Ed Math4THA 130 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3
CST 110 (Gen Ed Lit-Oral)3102+ Level Gen Ed/SAC Core Language13-4
 THA 110 (Gen Ed Arts)2
 15 16-17
Year 2
THA 3203THA 3601
THA 3601ESS 1001
ESS 1001Ensemble1
Ensemble1MUA 4711
MUA 3211MUS 3043
THA 2213THA 2313
MUS 3243MUS 2363
MUS 2353MUS 2381
MUS 2371 
 17 14
Year 3
THA 3601THA 2513
THA 2503THA 3601
ESS 1001ESS 1001
Ensemble1Gen Ed Elective3
Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4Gen Ed Health & Well Being3
SAC Core Elective3HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)3
THA 3103 
 16 14
Year 4
THA 3601THA 4903
THA 2701-2Gen Ed Elective3
THA 3503SAC Diversity Core Elective3
SAC Core Elective3Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
Gen Ed Elective3THA 351 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3 
Gen Ed Arts (not from THA)2 
 16-17 15
Total Credits: 123-125

Some THA courses are only offered every odd or even numbered year. Please plan accordingly. 


SAC Core Humanities and Fine Arts Tracks require 102+ level language. SAC Core Language Track requires 202 level language. Students unprepared for 202 level will need to complete prerequisite course work.

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