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CU College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences

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Department of English

Department Ministerial Services

Ministerial Counseling & Philosophy/Theology

Department Psychology & Counseling

Department of Political Science & History (Governmental International Relationships)

Department of Sciences (at Natural Science Center)





Department of Mathematics

Department of Art (at Art Studio)

Department of Music & Theatre Department (at Concert Hall)

Department of Philosophy & Ethics

Associates of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Degree

(Liberal Arts)

CU College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences promotes a liberal arts education that provides the humanistic, ethical, social, critical, and aesthetic background essential to personal development and professional excellence.

Studies in music, literature, philosophy, history, social sciences, arts, languages, and theatre foster in students a deeper understanding of themselves and the complex world in which they live.

Living on-campus you will experience a diverse community of adult learners and an enriching learning environment.

Key learning outcomes

Through the a Liberal Arts Degree, you gain:

  • A well-rounded academic foundation, through a blend of courses in traditional liberal arts fields and focused subject areas (refer to Degree Programs)
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills to convey views and opinions in academic and professional contexts.
  • The ability to think critically across a variety of subjects, fostering an informed, independent worldview.

The core curriculum in the humanities

The curriculum introduces students to a cross-cultural range of texts, traditions, and issues and emphasizes critical thinking and writing throughout. Through their work in the Liberal Arts, students refine skills in reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking, learning to communicate with greater clarity and effectiveness.

This program equips them to become active, well-informed citizens; develops their awareness of the social and humanistic dimensions of professional work; and lays the basis for a fulfilling cultural and intellectual life.

All students are required to complete a minimum of 24 credits in the Liberal Arts.

Freshmen take “Ethics, Conscience and the Good Life” and “Society, Politics and Culture.”

In the following year, students enroll in “Art and Aesthetics.”

Core Curriculum

Select 24 units (9 courses) from the following:

Liberal Arts Core (required)

  • Writing Seminar
  • Ethics – Conscience and the Good Life
  • Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Art and Aesthetics

Liberal Arts Electives: Humanities (Art History) – select 1 courses

  • On Interrelating the Arts
  • Art of the 19th Century
  • Focus on a Major Artist
  • Opera: Music and the Visual Arts
  • Art of the Renaissance

Liberal Arts Electives: Humanities (Literature and Creative Writing) – select 2 courses

  • The Shared Muse
  • Writing Poetry and Flash Fiction
  • War and Literature
  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Contemporary American Poetry
  • Perfect Storms: Environmental Literature, Ethics, and Politics
  • Shakespeare and the Theater Arts
  • Modern European Drama
  • Norse Mythology: Roots and Influence in the Present

Liberal Arts: Humanities (Philosophy) – required

  • Plato’s Republic

Liberal Arts Electives: History and Social Sciences – select 1 courses

  • Marriage and the Family in Transition
  • Civil Rights: Theory and Practice
  • Narrating Childhood
  • The History of American Social Movements, 1954-2016

The Liberal Arts degree is highly customizable and with the additional science credits a Science Degree is possible.

Majors & Minors

To focus your studies, you have two choices.


For maximum flexibility, choose a broad area of concentration. You can take degree courses from any of the subject areas within a concentration.

The concentrations are:

  • Humanities (including creative writing, English, philosophy, religion, visual arts)
  • Science (including biology, environmental studies, mathematics)
  • Social sciences (including anthropology, business administration, economics, government, history, international relations, psychology)


Your second choice is to declare a specific field of study (similar to a major). You can complete courses in one subject area. Some fields of study are business administration and management, computer science, economics, government, international relations, and psychology.

Freshmen Admissions Requirements


The Associates Degree requires 64 credits and maintaining an overall C average (2.00 GPA), as well as a C average in the major (2.00 GPA).

The Bachelor’s Degree requires 120 credits and maintaining an overall C average (2.00 GPA), as well as a C average in the major (2.00 GPA). You may transfer up to 64 credits from other schools.

A degree candidate must complete basic course requirements, meet all departmental requirements for a major and submit an application for a degree completion audit and submit the application online.

How to Apply for admission.


Department of Psychology

While the etymology of the word psychology stems from “psyche” or soul, contemporary psychology is sorely lacking in the study of the soul. We encourage the combination of deep psychological work and spiritual practice which offers maximum growth in today’s stress-filled world.

Each of the following subjects can be studied in varying depth, according to the student’s interest and the academic degree level, starting with B.S. or B.A.– 120 credits.

Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling Psychology

Counseling Psychology can be life-changing, providing the bridge to the soul, integrating the body, emotions, mind, intuition, soul, and spirit. Each student can experience transformation as they feel the energies of the soul.

Do you find yourself trying to “figure out” and help those around you?

What Will You Learn?

  • The Counseling Psychology major at Carieliin University helps students develop a detailed, integrated, and science-based understanding of behavior, including mental processes and spirituality. As a student in this major, you’ll learn how to apply this understanding to have a positive impact on the lives of others.
  • Think critically about major theories, concepts, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Conduct research by choosing appropriate research designs and statistical analyses, interpreting and communicating research results, and applying ethical standards.
  • Help others by using psychological knowledge, counseling theory and skills, and ethical standards.
  • Analyze how socio-cultural differences which affect personal and professional interactions.
  • Plan and pursue ongoing professional development.

If you are interested in how humans think, feel, and act, our program will help you develop a the necessary understanding of behavior and mental processes in humans and the counseling skills to be an effective psychological counselor.


Counseling Psychology

There are four components to the program:

  • Clinical application of psychology, where students learn about people with psychological disorders and how to help them
  • Research, where students use science to broaden their understanding of behavior and development.
  • Experiential learning, which includes field placements and internships.
  • Professional development, when students identify career goals and develop the intellectual, interpersonal, and technical skills for obtaining employment or moving on to graduate school.


Department of Ministerial Services

Bachelor’s Degree in Ministerial Services


Ministers receive character building, personal transformation, and life-changing consciousness skills.

Our ministerial training program offers academic substance and rigorous training in pastoral counseling skills, and the ability to baptize, bury, bless, and marry.

Ministers are prepared for careers in pastoral counseling, coaching, teaching, spiritual healing, leading, and writing.

This program is non-sectarian, pan-denominational and affirming all the pathways to God while focusing on the Christian worldview.

The Ministerial Degree includes 120 credits of classes over a three-year course of study and offers the following degrees:

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in
&/or Ministry
The Graduate program offers the following:
The Master of Science in Ministry
& The Master of Divinity
Carieliin emphasizes academic rigor and intellectual inquiry based on the personal commitment to the human race and their spiritual-philosophical growth, increased higher consciousness and a deeper understanding of who we are.
There’s a focus on practical theology/ministry; exploring matters of human knowledge and experience, morality and ethics, reasoning, religion and philosophy within a variety of cultures, both ancient and modern.
Through its undergraduate majors, the division prepares students for a variety of undertakings. Some ministry majors become ministers in local communities. Some will go on to earn graduate degrees (MS, or MDiv) to enhance their ministerial skills and/or to pursue a career in university teaching.
Majors in philosophy provide students with a broad, liberal arts degree that prepares them well for graduate work and careers in law, journalism, business, psychology, counseling, government, and public service, to name but a few. Through MS in Ministry, and MDiv, Carieliin prepares students for a variety of ministries and further graduate study in several related fields.

Department of Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

The philosophy major is designed to offer students a broad education in historical and contemporary philosophical explorations of various regions of human experience, including the nature of knowledge and reality, the theoretical foundations of morality and ethics, and the distinction between cogent and fallacious reasoning.
Philosophy examines the fundamental assumptions and problems implicit in the framework of human experience, critically assesses those assumptions, and seeks to articulate and defend alternatives for their improvement. Consequently, the philosophy major offers students a valuable educational background for the pursuit of careers in law, journalism, government, ministry, public service, and business.


Natural Science Center

Departments of Chemistry, Biology, Physics

Discover the science of living things at the Natural Science Center.

•To discover that there are limits to scientific knowledge and to learn to articulate an understanding of what science can test and what it cannot. Students discover that scientific knowledge is not absolute but tentative and subject to revision.
•To be able to employ those mathematical and statistical concepts which are required to explain and understand scientific phenomena.
•To investigate the integration of faith and knowledge in science and to seek to articulate the distinctive roles that faith and science play in answering important questions about how the universe works.

Special Programs and Opportunities

Many opportunities exist for students to work as research and laboratory assistants and tutors. Experience in these capacities can be extremely valuable in developing knowledge and skills that are of great use in graduate study and in career endeavors. Internships are available in several areas, allowing students to obtain on-the-job experience while earning credits toward graduation.
Students in natural science laboratory classes utilize the facilities of the Natural Science Center and the Rockwell Academic Center which has a variety of smaller research and special-project laboratories, a greenhouse, and nutritional science laboratories. There is a long-standing commitment within the division to faculty-directed undergraduate research. Students in these research programs present their findings at undergraduate research conferences, at natural science seminars, and in professional journals. These programs help students identify career goals, increase technical competence and confidence, develop professionalism, and enhance chances for success in pursuit of prestigious appointments to graduate and professional schools and in industry. The undergraduate research programs have provided the primary impetus for the Natural Science Seminar series. In addition to student presentations, the series has included a number of distinguished scientists chosen for their ability to reinforce undergraduate course material and research interests in the division.
CU College of Humanities, Art & Science, Natural Science Center unique location in Malibu affords students the opportunity to enroll in outdoor education and activity courses as diverse as surfing, triathlon training, and golf.
Pre-Health Professional Curricula
The University offers pre-health professional curricula for those students who plan to apply for admission to the following programs: medicine, dentistry,optometry, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and nursing. These curricula are not degree programs, and students who wish to complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree before admission to a professional school should select a major within the University, usually biology, chemistry, sports medicine, or other science major. In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the chosen major, specific requirements of the professional programs should be satisfied. The student should plan to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT), or other appropriate pre-professional tests in the spring preceding application to a professional school.
Joint Program Degrees
Students who wish to prepare for a career in one of the many fields of architecture & engineering have the opportunity of joint degrees between the Natural Science Degree & Architectural Sciences. Students who do so will receive bachelor’s degrees from both colleges.   Students should select the bachelor of arts in natural science degree and follow the curriculum set out in that major.
During the first three years at Carieliin students should complete the required liberal arts courses in mathematics and science that are basic to both programs.

Department of Biology

The biology program is designed to:
•Provide students with a choice between a strictly structured degree program in preparation for graduate or professional school in the life sciences and a liberal arts degree program which provides a broader choice of elective courses.
•Provide the student with cultural appreciation and a broad knowledge of the kingdoms of animals and plants, and a foundation for understanding man in relation to the living environment.
•Prepare students for graduate study and research in the biological sciences.
•Prepare students who desire to enter professional schools in the fields of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, and nursing.
•Provide outstanding students an opportunity to perform and publish original research through the Honors Research Program in Biology.

The Honors Research Program in Biology

Biology majors are encouraged to participate in the Honors Research Program, which is aimed at providing students with insight into how scientists design experiments, collect and analyze data, and communicate their results to the scientific community.
Students apply to the program in their sophomore or junior year and are admitted to the program based upon GPA, recommendations, career goals, and potential for successful completion of the program. Students are selected by a committee at midyear and, upon
acceptance, develop research proposals in close consultation with a faculty member. After proposals are reviewed and approved by the committee, students begin preliminary experimentation.
All students are required to spend the summer following acceptance to the program in full-time data collection and analysis.
In order to complete the program, students must present their data in thesis form to an examining committee. After each candidate successfully completes an oral thesis defense, the committee recommends that the student’s transcript and diploma be marked “Honors in Biology.” Thesis projects are often presented at local and national meetings and published in national and international scientific journals.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

What Will You Learn?


  • Explain the foundational significance of the Cell Theory and the Theory of Evolution to biology.
  • Describe the flow of energy within systems.
  • Describe how genetic processes underlie all biological function and explain diversity.
  • Evaluate function as it relates to structure throughout the spectrum of biological organization.
  • Describe interactions within and among species, between species, and between species and the environment.
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in basic laboratory skills; using the metric system and scientific notation; and laboratory safety.
  • Plan, execute, and interpret an experiment following the tenets of the scientific method.
  • Analyze and interpret data for presentation in both written and oral formats.
  • Use knowledge of basic biological principles to summarize and support a critical analysis of current scientific advanced (primary literature and popular accounts), legislative issues, environmental issues, biotechnological advances and/or advances in human medicine.
  • Collect and report data ethically and honestly.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct and strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Evaluate scientific journal articles in terms of scientific merit and ethical, societal, and global implications.
  • Demonstrate the ability to learn and think independently and creatively.
  • Recognize the value and act upon the need for lifelong learning.

Music Department – Academic Facility (Bldg 3)

The Carieliin University Music Department, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), seeks to produce leaders in the musical arts who will have influence in homes, churches, private studios, educational institutions, and on the concert stage. While developing the their musical talents of our students, we seek to provide a spiritual worldview and understanding of the musical arts.

Degrees Offered:

Associates of Arts in Music or Bachelor’s of Arts in Music with Emphasis in the following:

Music Composition
Music Education – Instrumental & Orchestra
Music Education (Instrumental Emph)
Music Education (Vocal/Choral/Opera Emph)
Music Performance
Music Performance (Collaborative Piano)
Music Performance (Organ/Piano)
Music Performance (Strings)

What you learn

  • Music Theory and Musicianship
  • Music Ensembles
  • Conducting Basics
  • Intro to Composition
  • Worldview and Aesthetics of Musical Culture
  • Pedagogy for Principal Instrument
  • History of Music
  • Performance Practice
  • Private Lessons in Principal Instrument

What you can do with a degree in music

  • Education
  • Church Music Director/Worship Leader
  • Music in Missions
  • Songwriter/Composer/Arranger
  • Music Therapy
  • Solo or Ensemble Performer
  • Administration
  • Ensemble Director/Conductor
  • Music Historian
  • Music Technology
  • Collaborative Pianist/Accompanist

Associates of Arts in Music or Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Associates of Arts in Music is the gateway to all other degree programs.

The Associates or Bachelor of Arts in Music had two emphases: one in instrumental and one in vocal/choral.

Now, the CU Bachelor of Arts in Music, emphasizes 5 Majors including The Bachelor of Music in Composition, and the Bachelor of Music in Performance in organ or piano, in strings or in voice.  The Bachelor of Music in Performance may also be earned with an emphasis in Collaborative Piano.

These degrees in music offer students a wide variety in courses of study and outcomes at the conclusion of undergraduate study including preparation for careers in composition, conducting, music industry, music ministries, music performance, music therapy, and teaching.

The CU Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

The following is the Core Music Curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts in Music:

The Core Music Curriculum

The undergraduate core music curriculum at Carieliin University is comprised of courses in arranging, conducting, ear training, harmony, tonal harmony and counterpoint, and music technology. These subjects are the foundation of educational offerings in music, and the entering student proficiency assessment and Introduction to Music Technology exam are designed to assess every entering student’s knowledge base in each of these core curriculum fields.

The results of the proficiency assessment and Introduction to Music Technology exam allow students the appropriate first-semester arranging, ear training, harmony, and music technology courses. After successful completion of courses in these initial areas, students move on to additional studies in conducting and tonal harmony and counterpoint.


Each of the courses in the arranging curriculum for entering students explores different arranging concepts and techniques, guides students in refining and enhancing arranging abilities, and provides opportunities for creating musical arrangements in various styles of contemporary popular music.

Ear Training

The goal of the ear training core curriculum is to help music students master the basic components of musical craft; to assist music readers in hearing the music they are seeing; to aid writers in notating music they have composed or arranged; to help performers develop their musical vocabulary; and to assist listeners in understanding the music they are hearing.


Through the completion of the harmony core curriculum, students acquire musical literacy, analytical skills, and the ability to incorporate the topics they have studied into their own music. A thorough understanding of common harmonic practice, melodic development, and the relationship between melody and harmony in contemporary styles is important. An understanding of harmony provides musicians with a rich palette for future creative choices in performing and composing.

Tonal Harmony and Counterpoint

Through the successful completion of the tonal harmony and counterpoint core courses, students will be able to analyze and compose music based on harmonic and formal models from the common practice period (baroque, classical, and romantic eras of European classical music), and understand and be able to articulate how the common practice period techniques form the basis for harmony and melody in the bulk of contemporary popular music. The tonal harmony and counterpoint series provides additional context for students in the history of music in the European tradition.

Music Technology

A demonstrated competency in music technology is integral to each student’s education. Technology plays a significant role in almost every aspect of a successful music-related career. Additionally, it is a powerful teaching and learning tool utilized in many of the courses offered at the college. Covering a broad spectrum of basic and music-related computer skills, the music technology core curriculum provides students with a strong technology foundation on which to build the necessary skills required by each major and field of interest.


All students, regardless of major or career goals, will achieve proficiency on their principal instrument through the performance core. The performance core comprises a mix of private lessons, instrumental labs, and ensembles. Private lessons provide in-depth, individualized study of an instrument while labs give students an opportunity to workshop specialized instrumental or stylistic topics. Ensembles teach students how to play music with others, working together toward a performance.

Schedule of Course in Music

Term Status Section Name and Title Location Meeting Information   Faculty   Credits Comments Fee
Year Round Open MUS-CoralHall

Univ. Singers 1

All Campuses Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 PM – 2:45 PM Bldg:3, Room: Choral Hall 2. Required Prerequistes: Previous choral experience or permission of the instructor
Year Round Open MUS- CoralHall

Univ. Singers 2

All Campuses  Lecture Monday, Wednesday 12:30 PM – 2:45 PM Bldg:3, Room: Choral Hall 2. Required Prerequistes: Previous choral experience or permission of the instructor
Year Round Open MUS- OchHall


All Campuses  Lecture Tues & Thursday 12:30PM – 2:45 PM, Bldg: 3, Room: Orchestra Hall 2. Required Prerequisites: Own or have access to an instrument and previous orchestra experience or permission of instructor
Year Round Open MUS-204

Intro. Music History 1

All Campuses  Lecture Monday, Wednesday 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Bldg: 3, 2nd Floor Room: 204

Year Round Open MUS-204 Intro. Music History 2 All Campuses  Lecture Monday, Wednesday

2 PM – 3:15 PM Bldg: 3, Room: 204

Year Round Open MUS-213 Music Technology I All Campuses  Lecture

Mon.12:30 PM – 2:20PM, 2nd fl Bldg: 3 Room : 213

Year Round Open MUS-OchHall

American Mus: Jaz

All Campuses  Lecture Monday & Wed

9:30 AM – 11:45 AM  Bldg: 3, Room: Orchestra Hall

Year Round Open MUS-OchHall


All Campuses  Lecture. Tuesday & THur.

9:30 PM – 11:45 Bldg:3,

Room: Orchestra Hall

Year Round Open MUS-OchHall

Concert Band/Pep Band

All Campuses  Lecture    Mon & Wed

12:30 PM-2:45 PM Bldg:3, Room: Orchestra Hall



Theatre Department – Academic Building (Bldg 3)

While other degree programs will be offered in the future the focus now is the

Associates or Bachelor of Arts in Muscial Theatre

In the first year courses offered will be in theatre music, dance, history, acting, directing, and stage production. Focus is on building each of the artistic skills required of a musical theater performer. You will experience a personalized teaching approach to entry levels of Meisner, Singing Technique, Private Voice, Ballet, Music Theory. An introduction to professional theater and the history of musical theater will balance out the first semester.

It is the mission of the Theatre Department to train theatre aspirants in the use of the art of theatre to serve their Community. Practical experience is provided through the wide variety of on-campus productions. To round out their major, students often develop internships and journeyman opportunities with domestic and international theatre companies, missions or other theatre venues, all under the supervision of the Carieliin University Theatre Department. At the culmination of semester one, you will participate in a rehearsal project that brings together all components of musical theater in a performance celebrating the great Broadway composers.

Students must interview or audition for acceptance to the theatre degree program, which is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

The Theatre Department at CU is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Why is this important?

Carieliin University holds itself to a set of quality standards and is willing to allow outside theatre experts come to it’s Department of Theatre to verify that we are doing what we say we are doing.

In other words, the Carieliin University Department of Theatre is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) which benefits you because it ensures you will be provided a quality education and may assist you in meeting eligibility requirements for state and federal financial aid and in pursuit of graduate education.

What will I study?

  • Acting and Directing
  • Theatre Design and Production
  • Musical Theatre & Dance
  • Script Analysis and Dramatic Writing
  • All theatre majors take a 33-hour broad-based core of theatre courses ranging from Acting and Stagecraft to Stage Management and Directing
  • Students choose areas of specialization including Acting (BFA), Musical Theatre (BFA), Dramatic Writing (BA), or students may choose a General BA Degree in Theatre.

What can I do with a degree in theater?

  • On the Stage
    • Act, sing, dance, and perform!
  • Behind the Scenes
    • Design sets, lights, costumes, props, and sound
    • Be a costume shop assistant, a master electrician, and more!
    • Direct
    • Stage Manage
    • Write plays and screenplays
  • In a Theatre Company
    • Manage a theatre company
    • Be a dramaturg or literary director
    • Development Director
    • Company Manager
    • Education/Outreach director
  • In the Classroom
    • Theatre educator (at the primary, secondary, and college levels)

Why choose Theatre at Carieliin University?

  • Every student receives hands-on training in our production season
  • Small class sizes; one-on-one attention from the professors
  • Learn your craft in a spiritual community through excellence in theatre
  • Opportunity to devise new works
  • State of the art lighting lab
  • Large and fully operational costume shop
  • Our faculty continue to work in professional theatre
  • All students are guaranteed at least one role per semester
  • First semester freshman audition and can be cast in a lead role right away

What kind of opportunities will I have in my major that will contribute toward my career?

  • Opportunities to act, stage manage, crew, and design in our production season
  • Performance students prepare a Senior Showcase that can be filmed and edited for the actor to use in a video reel
  • Hands-on training in at least 6 areas theatre production, including costuming, scene shop, house management, and lighting.
  • Student clubs such as Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honorary

What are CU’s Theatre graduates doing now? 

  • Acting (successful celebrities)
  • Working in Stage Production and Design
  • Teaching (all ages and settings)
  • Pursuing graduate degrees

Associates or Bachelor of Arts in Muscial Theatre

12 Core Courses are required within the first 2 semesters. They are as follows: 

MUS 1 – Intro Technical Theater Terminology, Stage Make-Up, Theater Production, Sound & Lighting and Stage Safety with Performance Techniques

Students are introduced to technical theater terminology, the physical layout of a performance space and its surroundings.  The types of professional theater are introduced and ethics and business models are reviewed.

This course focuses on the craft of makeup design and application of makeup design concepts. The student learns how to research and use practical application of stage make-up during this seven-week specialty class.

The focus of this eight-week class is to learn safe and dramatically effective unarmed stage combat techniques.  Fundamental safety skills are stressed, as well as fighting styles common to conflict situations from all periods in history.

2 Credits

MUS 102 – Singing Techniques in Musical Theatre I

This course is designed to improve singing skills through specific exercises and song.  The technique of legit and mix are learned and applied to musical theater material.  In-class performances offer students the opportunity to use techniques learned.

1.0 Credit

MUS 103 – Private Voice I

Students are assigned a private voice teacher for a one-on-one experience that allows the student to perfect the skills introduced in Singing Technique.  Students work on vocal exercises to further develop technique, which may include legit, mix, belt and pop-rock for contemporary theater.  Students meet with their private voice teacher weekly during the semester.

1.0 Credit

MUS 104 – Music Theory I

In this course the student will develop skills in sight reading.  This course incorporates sight singing, ear training, and basic pitch and musicality.

1.0 Credit

MUS 105 – Acting I – Fundamentals & Meisner Technique

Moving through Meisner’s classic repetition exercises and into independent activities, while adding work with actions, objectives, and personalization, students learn to use craft to bring spontaneity and emotional freedom to scenes, both improvised and scripted.

4.0 Credits

MUS 106. Dance for Musicals including Ballet & Jazz

This course introduces students to dance conditioning: a practice that focuses on strengthening, toning, and stretching. This total body workout focuses on the different muscles needed for various genres of dance.

Ballet terminology and technique will be introduced. Barre, center and across the floor work are introduced. A strong emphasis is placed on the actor/dancer integrating the acting training.

Starting with warm-ups designed to stretch, align, strengthen, isolate, and create awareness of the body, the class moves through technical and stylized across the floor exercises, finishing with a jazz combination.

4.0 Credits

MUS 107. Acting & Voice, II: Scene Study & Shakespeare

In this course, students apply the principles of truth to specific text work through heightened awareness. Exploring text, preparation techniques, personal invention, and focus on believable behavior in order to achieve spontaneity and honesty are explored.

Techniques learned so far are combined with dialect work, as students work on scenes from Shakespeare.

This course continues the exploration of voice & body synthesis as students expand on Neutral American Speech and the removal of native dialects.  An examination of Shakespearean text and Classical Speech furthers the actor’s skills.

Credits 4.0

MUS 108. Acting the Song & Monologue Audition

With an emphasis of the performance of a song as a monologue or scene, students analyze lyrics and text, create a character and environment and learn how the musical construction of a song supports the journey of the character.

In this course, actors learn how to select and approach the monologue audition and refine their audition skills through exploring a variety of materials.  Monologues suited to the individual actor are identified and cold reads utilizing film and TV sides are introduced.

4.0 Credits

MUS 109. Voice, Speech & Movement

This course will focus on the skills and techniques of efficient vocal production and the elimination of native regional dialects, while coaxing the voice into Neutral American Speech.  The use of physical and vocal exercises are used to establish the student’s connection between movement and sound.

3.0 Credits

MUS 110. History of American Musical

In this course, students learn the history of the art form, exploring landmark shows within historical eras. Influential work of the American Musical & Composers, articulating the social, historical, and commercial forces that lead to the creation of the most important musicals is discussed.

3.0 Credits

MUS 111. Project – Reading of Classic Musical

The practicality of the staged reading in musical theater is addressed by giving students an opportunity to participate in a fully staged reading of a musical.  Students will audition for each reading.  Two public performances are held at the end of the rehearsal process.

3.0 Credits

MUS 112. Performance Project: Perform Master Piece

Material from the canon of musical theater composers are assigned to each student, and their story and songs are studied in the rehearsal room, culminating in an integrated presentation and performance at the semester’s end.

3.0 Credits


Sophomore Year – Electives

Now with a solid core foundation, you will concentrate on Electives that prepare you for the professional world of musical theater, including: auditioning, monologues, cold reads and building a repertoire of songs. Continued focus on audition skills will prepare you for the next steps in your career as an actor. Master classes taught by visiting industry professionals, and a main stage production of a musical.

Advanced Singing Techniques in Musical Theatre

New styles are introduced for both traditional and contemporary theater work.  The techniques addressed includes using register transitions, extending range, and musicality with melody.

1.0 Credit

Advanced Music Theory: Sight Singing – Basic Piano

Skills introduced in the first semester are further developed in this course, with the goal of training students to sight sing melodies with no accompaniment, be confident readers of ensemble harmonies, and play out a melody on the piano.

1.0 Credit

Advanced Vocal Performance: Contemporary Songs

Students work on songs from contemporary musical theater, from musicals written in 2000 to present.

2.0 Credits

Acting: Advances Acting Styles

This course moves the student to create characters who are large, eccentric and truthful. Through workshops in Mask and Commedia, as well as Vocal and Physical Improvisation, verbal and physical storytelling, group collaboration, and spontaneous behavior are developed.

2.0 Credits

Acting: Advanced Scene Work in Musical Theatre

Combing the tools acquired from the 1st year, students work on musical scenes. This class builds a foundation in acting the musical scene by working on selections from the Golden Age of musicals.

2.0 Credits

Advanced Private Voice

A continuation of the one-on-one experience with a voice teacher to further perfect the skills introduced in Singing Technique. Students will advance their work on vocal exercises to further develop technique, including legit, mix, belt and pop-rock for contemporary theater.  Students meet with their private voice teacher weekly during the semester.

1.0 Credits

Voice Dialects

This course will provide the actor with the ability to utilize the primary dialects found in musical theater and to understand the process of researching dialects first-hand.  Students will work in groups to research dialects found in contemporary musical theater. Replicating authentic dialects in spoken text is introduced.

2.0 Credits

Dance: Advanced Jazz

Furthering jazz technique, students learn more advanced combinations and audition dance combos are introduced.  This class explores both traditional and contemporary ideas of Jazz Dance movement in the context of Musical Theater.

1.0 Credit

Dance: Tap

Students learn the repetitive language of tap and are introduced to single and double sounds, as well as triple and quadruple sounds. Shim shams, riffs, drawbacks, cramp rolls, 3 and 4-count paddle rolls, as well as some step-time choreography are introduced and repeated.

1.0 Credits


Advanced Audition: Repertoire

In this course, students research, choose and prepare appropriate audition material from all genres of the American Musical Theater.  Students prepare a minimum of two pieces per week for each style and era of musical theater from standards to pop-rock.  Identifying “type”, researching appropriate music for an audition and preparing appropriate cuts are introduced.

2.0 Credits

Performance Project: Showcase

Over the course of 5 weeks, students are taught, rehearse and perform a showcase of their acting, singing, and dance skills.  Students are showcased in 15-20 minute sections taken from a Broadway musical, or a cabaret put together with a music director and choreographer.  Students go through the entire audition process, including dance calls and callbacks.

2.0 Credits

Acting: Advanced Musical Scenes

Focusing on scenes from recent musical theater productions, this course will draw on previous training in the first three semesters.

1.5 Credits

Acting: Advanced Musical Styles

Students are introduced to the craft of acting for the camera. Beginning with scene analysis and continuity, students learn the challenges of being on-set. With a focus on movie musicals and live television events: actual scripts and music from recent airings are used in order to prepare the student.

1.5 Credits

Preparation for Profession

Students begin to make the journey from the academic world to the entertainment industry in this course.  Each week a new topic is researched and discussed. Q & A’s with guest artists will be presented.

2.0 Credits


Each week a new guest teacher is brought in to give a masterclass or a talk back to the students.  Guest teachers may include actors, music directors, agents & managers, producers and casting directors to give the students additional insight into the industry.

1.0 Credit

Audition for full-length musical Theater

In this course, mock auditions are held and combinations are taught, performed and repeated.  Feedback is provided at the end of each session.

In this course, students refine audition material.  Work sessions are conducted so students can polish full songs, as well as 32-bar and 16-bar cuts. Mock auditions with industry professionals are provided and feedback is given. Students audition for, rehearse, and perform in a full-length musical theater.

3.0 Credits


Schedule for Autumn 2018

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These 12 Courses are required within the 1st Year.  They will repeat next Semester. Classes are 1 to 2 hours long – in 1 or 2 day-segments.

12 Courses – Rooms 1-112 – Stage is 1


MUS 1 – Introduction to Technical Theater Terminology, Stage Make-Up, Theater Production, Sound & Lighting, and Stage Safety with Performance Techniques – 2:15 PM – 3:15 AM on the Stage; 3:15 -4:15, Room 24

MUS 102 – Singing Techniques for Musical Theater I – 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM;

MUS 103 – Private Voice I – 10:45 AM – 11:45AM;

MUS 104 – Music Theory I – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Tuesdays & Thursdays:

MUS 105 – Acting I – Fundamentals & Meisner Technique – 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM;

MUS 106 – Dance for Musicals including Ballet & Jazz – 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM;

MUS 107 – Acting II: Scene Study & Shakespeare – 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM;

MUS 108 – Acting the Song & Monologue Audition -4:30 PM – 6:20 PM


Wednesdays & Fridays

MUS 109 – Voice, Speech and Movement – 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM;

MUS 110 – History of American Musical 11:15 AM – 12:45PM

MUS 111 – Project – Reading of Classic Musical – 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

MUS 112 – Performance Project: Perform Master Piece – 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM


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