Requirements for Transferring into Murray State University’s Department of Theatre
KCTCS Students: For best results, all KCTCS transfer students to Murray State University should contact the Department of Theatre Chair during their first year of college, no matter where they are enrolled, to arrange an advising conference. This is the only way to assure, in advance, that transfer credits meet the requirements of the department. Failing to do so will likely result in transfer students having to complete more than 120 total credit hours and more than four semesters to earn their Murray State University degree.
All MSU students must choose a minor or second major. If a student knows what his/her minor or second major will be before moving to MSU, he/she should complete any foundation, co-requisite, or other requirements in that subject before they transfer. A student who moves to MSU and must complete the required hours for a minor or second major will generally need more than four semesters to complete the degree in Theatre.
This Curriculum Guide: This curriculum guide is primarily designed for students for whom fall semester is the first term. Because all classes are not offered each semester, initial enrollment in spring or summer may invalidate the four-semester graduation plan. The curriculum guide does not guarantee transfer students will be able to complete all classes in the minor or second major within four semesters or 120 total credit hours.
Other Important Information: All students must complete the Murray State University requirements for University Studies, 42 hours of classes at the 300, 400 or 500 level, at least 120 total hours, and maintain a 2.0 GPA overall and in their major and minor. Please note that the Department of Theatre G.P.A. requirement may be higher than the University requirement. Students are held to the highest G.P.A. standard.
The MSU Department of Theatre recommends the course compliment outlined below for students from the KCTCS system who has completed 60 hours of course work in both general education coursework that include theatre courses. It is assumed that students have completed the following courses (or its equivalent) in theatre while enrolled in the KCTCS system:
Introduction to Theatre
Voice and Diction
One Theatre History Course
A Basic Design Course
Two credits of Theatre Production (on stage or back stage work for academic credit)
If a student has completed the above courses before transferring to MSU, that student must choose from the following THD classes to complete their degree in Theatre at MSU.
University Studies Requirements....................................38-44 hrs
It is assumed that KCTCS students will have completed these requirements before transferring to MSU.
Core Theatre Courses.......................................................................23 hrs
THD 106 Theatre Attendance and Assembly (Three semesters are required, offered Fall/Spring)
THD 110 Movement for the Actor (Fall)
THD 120 Play Analysis (Fall)
THD 221 Performance Theory (Spr)
THD 263 Theatre History and Literature I (Fall/Spr)
THD 264 Theatre History and Literature II (Fall/Spr)
THD 430 Directing I (Fall)
and one course chosen from the following:
THD 350 Scene Design (Fall/Spr)
THD 351 Lighting Design (Fall/Spr)
THD 352 Costume Design (Fall/Spr)
Required THD Electives...................................................................37 hrs
Choose from the following courses. No more than three hours from the 200-level courses will be counted towards graduation. Courses not chosen from THD 350, 351, or 352 above as Core Courses are eligible for use as THD electives.
THD 220 Creative Drama (Fall/Spr)
THD 230 Stage Management (Fall/Spr)
THD 260 Music Theatre Dance I (Fall)
THD 262 Jazz Dance I (Fall)
THD 270 Stage Combat (Fall/Spr)
THD 310 Acting II (Fall/Spr)
THD 312 Advanced Movement for Actors (Fall/Spr)
THD 320 Playwriting (Fall/Spr)
THD 322 International Studies in Theatre (Fall)
THD 330 Theatre Management and Leadership (Fall/Spr)
THD 341 Advanced Theatrical Makeup (Fall/Spr)
THD 346 Acting Shakespeare (Fall/Spr)
THD 358 Sound Design for the Theatre (Fall/Spr)
THD 360 Music Theatre Dance II (Spr)
THD 362 Jazz Dance II (Spr)
THD 392 Professional Engagement (Fall/Spr)
THD 400 Special Topics (Fall/Spr)
THD 410 Acting III (Fall/Spr)
THD 422 Contemporary Theatre (Spr)
THD 465 Directing II (four hour course) (Spr)
THD 590 Directed Independent Study in Theatre Arts (Fall/Spr)
Transfer Students from Other Institutions: Transfer students from other schools should check with the Murray State University Transfer Center or the Department Chair for details of transfer credit equivalency.
Transfer students from schools outside of the KCTCS system will take classes from the above list. Other courses are available in Theatre to supplement areas where a student may be insufficient when transferring to MSU. The Chair of the Department can help make that determination and offer suggested classes to each student.