Skip to main navigation Skip to site navigation Skip to content

School of Performing Arts

Undergraduate Degrees


Division of Music

BA Music

This program is designed for the study of music within a strong liberal arts curriculum. It offers broad coverage of the field of music with emphasis upon the study of the history and theory of music. It furnishes an appropriate background for prospective candidates for advanced degrees who are preparing for non-performance centered careers. It does not qualify the graduate for certification as a public school music teacher.

BM Music Education

This is a four-year professional degree for students who intend to make music a career whether as a public school teacher or supervisor of music. The degree provides for many professional opportunities and serves also as preparation for graduate study in music. Upon satisfacotry completion of the music education course of study, the student is certified to teach music at both the elementary and secondary levels.

BM Performance

The Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance is designed to assist the music student to prepare for a career in music performance. The degree is offered for the following applied areas: standard orchestral and band instruments, piano, voice, classical guitar, and pipe organ. Emphasis is placed on performance with supporting studies in music theory, music history and the liberal arts.

Information on Hearing Safety for Students

Division of Theatre/Dance

The Division of Theatre and Dance offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. Within the context of a liberal arts education, the B.A. in Theatre provides students an opportunity to study acting, directing, design and technology, as well as theatre history, performance studies, and literature. Students with other majors may minor in theatre, and they can also minor in dance as part of their educational experience.

The B.A. in Theatre includes coursework in the social and behavioral sciences, arts and humanities, natural sciences, and mathematics as well as in the performing arts. In addition, students are required to complete one semester of any language.

Study in theatre includes 27 credits in required theatre courses and 6 credits in theatre electives, totaling 33 credits to receive the B.A. degree. The program focus is on learning through active participation in all aspects of performance and production. Many classes culminate in production and performance experiences, including acting, dancing, directing of original scripts, or staging of choreography.  A Readers’ Theatre series, the Underdog and Upperdog directing workshops, the Summer Music Theatre program, and the annual Maine Masque production give students additional opportunities to test their skills in acting and directing. Furthermore, majors are required to participate in all facets of main stage productions and encouraged to become involved in student-directed shows.

Undergraduate study in Theatre prepares students for graduate work in theatre and dance or in related fields of study. It also prepares students for theatre-related careers on and off stage. Graduates go on to careers as teachers, actors, designers, dancers, directors, technicians, and stage managers. Maine Masque, our student theatre organization, is very active year round.

Learn more about Theatre/Dance here.