Degree Programs

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES
ART MAJOR

Coordinator: Suzanne Adams-Ramsey
Professor of Art and Department Chair
Chuck Clisso, Adjunct Faculty
David Constable, Adjunct Faculty
Heather Harvey, Adjunct Faculty
Misty Stratton, Adjunct Faculty
Ray Stratton, Assistant Professor of Art

The major in visual art is a broad-based program in two-dimensional studio art stressing interdisciplinary study. The program encourages critical and creative thinking skills and extensive studio experience. Students experience a variety of learning environments in which to develop the individuality of their work.

The program is arranged in three levels of development:

The first level, consisting of foundation courses, includes ART 101, 120, 221, and six additional credit hours to be chosen from any 2-D art listing.

The second level, consisting of experiential learning and support courses, includes: ART 320, 350, 351 and an additional 18 hours of approved contextual support courses other than art courses and relative to the student's individual art initiative.

The third level, focusing on the individual artist's development through four semesters of study, includes the studio seminar courses: ART 385, 386, 485 and 486. Of the total art courses, 24 hours must be at the 300- and 400-level.

ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM
Before being admitted to the program, students must have completed the level one foundation courses listed in the previous section with at least a 2.0 GPA. In addition, a portfolio of 20 works must be submitted for review. Formal application to the program should be made by the spring semester of the sophomore year. Delayed admission will only be considered for transfer students and/or extenuating circumstances.

JUNIOR AND SENIOR SEMINARS
Studio seminar courses (3 credit hours each) will be completed each semester of the junior and senior years. These junior/ senior seminars will be comprised of independent study in a chosen subject area as well as weekly group sessions for critique and related studies. Specific studies outside the realm of the academic studio environment may be considered for fulfillment of the seminar requirement, such as museum studies, foreign travel, apprenticeships, etc.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Major candidates must present a portfolio of work for review at the end of each semester. Graduation is contingent upon an approved body of work presented for exhibit at the end of the final semester.

MINOR IN ART
A minor in art consists of a minimum of 18 semester hours of art. At least 12 of which must be in 300- or 400-level courses. The minor must be approved by the chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.


BACHELOR OF ARTS IN LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES THEATRE MAJOR

Coordinator: Michael McNulty, Associate Professor of Theater Arts

Michael Hunt, Teaching Fellow of Theater Arts/Production Director
Ben Mays, Teaching Fellow of Theater Arts/Technical Director
Charles Lewis, Professor of Theater Emeritus

  

The major in theater provides the opportunity to practice and develop a wide variety of insights and skill-sets applicable to graduate or professional work in theater as well as a variety of other careers.  The combined curricular and production programs provide a foundation of theater study and practice from which a student may pursue specific interests through advanced courses and practice.   Students will complete the following course of studies:

 

  

ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM

Before being admitted to the program, students must complete any four of the Major Core Curricular Requirements with at least a 2.0 GPA. Formal application to the program should be made by the spring semester of the sophomore year.

 

 

THEATER MAJOR CORE CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS 

 

     Course #      Course Title Credit Hours
  THT 1000  Introduction to Theater 3
  THT 1100  Stagecraft 3
  THT 1200  Acting 3
  THT 1300  Introduction to Theatrical Design 3
  THT 1500  Majors Seminar NC
  THT 2500  Production and Stage Management 3
  THT 3000  Theatrical Aesthetics 3
  THT 3001 Theater History and Literature I 3
  THT 3002 Theater History and Literature II 3

    

 

 THEATER MAJOR CORE PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS

  

     Course #      Course Title Credit Hours
  THT 1111 Technical Theater Practicum I 3
  THT 4980 Senior Seminar I 3
  THT 4990 Senior Seminar II 3
       plus 3 courses (9 credits) from any 3 of the following:
  THT 1211 Performance Practicum I 3
  THT 2112 Technical Theater Practicum II 3
  THT 2210 Rehearsal, Ensemble & Performance I 3
  THT 2212 Performance Practicum II 3
  THT 2220 Rehearsal, Ensemble & Performance II 3
  THT 2311 Design Practicum I 3
  THT 2511 Production Management Practicum I 3
  THT 3113 Technical Theater Practicum III 3
  THT 3230 Rehearsal, Ensemble & Performance III 3
  THT 3240 Rehearsal, Ensemble & Performance IV 3
  THT 3312 Design Practicum II 3
  THT 3313 Design Practicum III 3
  THT 3512 Production Management Practicum II 3
  THT 3513 Production Management Practicum III 3

                 

  

THEATER MAJOR ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS                                   12 

      Twelve additional credit hours in theater or theater-related courses

      based on the students interests and in consultation with an advisor.                                                                                                           

 

SENIOR THEATER SEMINARS

        Theater seminars will be completed each semester of the student's

        senior year. These seminars are geared to each student's specific

        interests and will be tied to a departmentally authorized production

        project in the following areas:

1) production/tech and management; 

2) performance

3) dramaturgy

4) design

  

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS IN THEATER MAJOR                                54

 

 

 

MINOR IN THEATER

Coordinator: Michael McNulty

 

     Students interested in a minor in theater must be approved by

     the Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and

     must complete the following course of studies:

 

 
     Course # Course Title Credit Hours
  THT 1000     Introduction to Theater 3
  THT 1100  Stagecraft 3
  THT 1111  Technical Theater Practicum I 3
  THT 1200  Acting 3
  THT ###  6 additional credits elected from "core production requirements" 6
  THT ###  6 additional credits elected from theater courses 6
       
  TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS IN THEATER MINOR 24

 

 

 


 

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES
MUSIC MAJOR

Coordinator: Donald Sorah 
Assistant Professor of Music

Richard Galyean, Director of Bands

                         Instructor of Music

 

Suzanna Masters, Instructor of Music (Woodwinds)

 

Michael Cox, Staff Instructor of Music

Witold Wolny, Instructor of Classical Guitar

                     Director of International Programs

Amber Burke, Adjunct Instructor of Music (Voice)

Michael Twigg, Adjunct Instructor of Music (Saxophone)

Kelly Sorah, Adjunct Instructor of Music (Trombone)

Mark Collins, Adjunct Instructor of Music (Percussion)

Cynthia Mueller, Adjunct Instructor of Music (Strings)

Chris Rose, Adjunct Instructor of Music (Guitar)

Deata T. McConnell, Staff Accompanist

D. Michael Donathan, Professor of Music Emeritus


The major in music is a program that provides a foundation of music studies in music theory, music history/literature, applied music, ensemble performance, orchestration, and conducting, and from which a student may pursue specific interests through the completion of additional advanced music course work. The degree culminates in the presentation of a thirty-minute lecture recital typically given during the junior or senior year.

Required Applied Music and Recital Courses    

MUSI 129
Applied Music: Principal Instrument
4 hours
MUSI 229
Applied Music: Principal Instrument
4 hours
MUSI 390
Junior Lecture Recital
2 hours


* Students who have successfully completed the sophomore evaluation may enroll in one or two semesters of MUSI 329 in preparation for the Junio Lecture Recital, if necessary, but hours earned will not count toward the Applied Music/Recital requirements. Hours earned in MUSI 329 may be counted as general music electives.

 

Required Music Theory Courses

MUSI 151
Music Theory I
3 hours
MUSI 152
Aural Skills I
1 hours
MUSI 153
Music Theory II
3 hours
MUSI 154
Aural Skills II
1 hours
MUSI 251
Music Theory III
3 hours
MUSI 252
Aural Skills III
1 hours
MUSI 253
Music Theory IV
3 hours
MUSI 254
Aural Skills IV
1 hours
Total:
 
16 hours


Required Applied Music Secondary/Piano Courses

MUSI 126
Intermediate Class Piano
1 hours
MUSI 216
Advanced Class Piano
1 hours
Total:
 
2 hours

* A passing grade in Class Piano courses is contingent upon successful completion of the Division of Music Piano Proficiency Exam administered in each Class Piano course. Music majors who study piano as their principal instrument must complete two hours of Applied Music study on a secondary instrument in lieu of the required Class Piano course (chosen from MUSI 117, MUSI 118, or MUSI 119).

 

Required Music History Courses

MUSI 338
Popular and World Music
3 hours
MUSI 432
Music History I
3 hours
MUSI 433
Music History II
3 hours
Total:
 
9 hours

Required Ensemble Participation

A minimum of 4 credit hours in ensemble participation is required. A minimum of 2 hours of ensemble credit must be earned at the upper division level (completed during the Junior or Senior years). Two hours of ensemble credit must be earned in "large" ensembles; 2 hours of ensemble credit must be earned in "small" ensembles. Enrollment in a minimum of one ensemble is required each term of residence.

Large ensembles: Highland Winds, Concert Choir, Marching Band, and Highland Chorale

Small ensembles: College Recorder Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Highland Cavalier Pep Band, Jazz Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Men's Vocal Ensemble, Women's Vocal Ensemble, and Chamber Music

 

Required Music History Courses

MUSI 351
Orchestration and Arranging
2 hours
MUSI 360
Beginning Conducting
2 hours

Required Upper Division Music Elective Hours

* Students must complete an additional 6 hours selected from MUSI 300 or 400 level courses or elect the Teacher's Endorsement Program (TEP) in lieu of upper division music electives.

General Education Requirements ( including 6 hours of MUSI)
47 hours
Bachelor of Arts degree in Music
51 hours
Additonal Elective/Minor/Certificate hours
22 hours
TOTAL:
120 hours

 

ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences -- Music Major must be admitted by an audition for the Division of Music faculty. Contact the Division of Music for specific audition requirements for your instrument, including appropriate scales or rudiments. Accompanists for the audition are not provided by the College, although the student may audition with taped accompaniment. The Division of Music will arrange specific audition dates each spring semester, but students may also be permitted, with approval of the Division, to audition at other times. Live auditions are preferred, but in instances where a live audition is not possible, a taped audition will be accepted. Students provisionally admitted by taped audition may be asked to audition live upon their arrival to campus for formal admission to the program.

Upon acceptance to the program and prior to enrollment in MUSI course work, Music majors will complete entrance examinations in Music Theory, Piano and Music Literature. Students with deficiencies in these areas may be required to complete some or all of the following course work prior to enrolling in MUSI 151/153 (Music Theory I/Aural Skills I), MUSI 126 (Intermediate Class Piano), and/or MUSI 432 or 433 (Music History I or II):

  • MUSI 120 - Introduction to Music Reading (3 hours): required of students who need preparatory work in piano or music fundamentals. Credit earned in MUSI 120 does not count toward the Music major. Hours may, however, be counted toward the General Education Humanities of Arts requirements.
  • MUSI 116 - Beginning Class Piano (1 hour): required of all students who read music, but who do not have the basic piano skills. Credit earned in MUSI 116 does not count toward the Music Major. Hours may, however, be counted toward the General Education Humanities of Arts requirements.
  • MUSI 233 - Music Appreciation (3 hours): required of students who need preparatory work in Music Literature. Credit earned in MUSI 233 does not count toward the Music Major. Hours may, however, be counted toward the General Education Humanities of Arts requirements.

Students with exceptional experience in the areas of Music Theory, Piano, and Music Literature may be exempted, upon examination, from certain courses within the Music major curriculum. Students who exempt required courses by examination will be permitted to substitute elective courses in music in fulfillment of their degree requirements.

Freshman and Sophomore Evaluations 


At the conclusion of two semesters of applied music study in both MUSI 129 and 229, students will be juried by the Division of Music faculty to determine their eligibility for advancement in applied music study and/or performance of the Junior Lecture Recital.

The Freshman evaluation, which follows the completion of the second semester of MUSI 129: Applied Music: Principal, consists of the performance of two pieces of contrasting style for the Division of Music faculty as well as appropriate rudiments and/or scales on the student's instrument. Academic progress in music courses will also be reviewed. Music majors who, at the conclusion of two semesters of study in MUSI 129, do not demonstrate, in the faculty's opinion, suitable progress in solo performance or have not completed required preparatory course work in MUSI 120 or MUSI 233 mandated by their entrance exams will not be permitted to enroll in MUSI 229 until such deficiencies have been remedied. Students may, at the faculty's discretion, continue to enroll in MUSI 129 on a space-available basis, but credit earned in MUSI 129 beyond two semesters of study is not applicable toward the music hours required for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Music major.

The Sophomore evaluation, which follows the completion of the second semester of MUSI 229: Applied Music: Principal, consists of the performance of a minimum of ten minutes of music suitable for the Junior Lecture Recital as well as the review of academic progress in music course work. Music majors who, at the conclusion of two semesters of MUSI 229, do not demonstrate, in the faculty's opinion, suitable progress in solo performance or who have not successfully completed MUSI 151, MUSI 152, MUSI 153, and MUSI 154 will not be permitted to enroll in MUSI 390 or MUSI 329 until such deficiencies have been remedied. Students may, at the faculty's discretion, continue to enroll in MUSI 229 on a space-available basis, but credit earned in MUSI 229 beyond two semesters of study is not applicable toward the music hours required for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Music major.

Junior Lecture Recital

The Junior Lecture Recital serves as the "capstone" for the Music major. The Lecture Recital is a minimum 30-minute presentation to be divided equally among performance of repertoire of an appropriate degree of difficulty for Junior-level undergraduate music majors and the historical and analytical criticism of that repertoire in a lecture format. The Lecture component of the recital must present a clear thesis explored by the student's historical and analytical comments and reinforced by the student's musical performance. The scholarly and technological expectations of the Lecture Recital are outlined in the Division of Music Applied Music syllabi.


Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP)

All majors in music seeking license to teach with an endorsement in music, Pre-K-12, must complete the following course work in fulfillment of their Upper Division Music Elective and additional degree hours. To be recommended by the Division of Music to the Teacher Education Program (TEP), a student must have a 3.0 grade point average in all music course work complete at UVa-Wise, with a minimum of 24 credits in music courses taken at the College. (Those students whose grade point average in music course work is below 3.0 but above 2.5 may be considered for recommendation to the TEP, if there are special circumstances warranting such consideration. A request for special consideration must be submitted to the Division of Music in writing.) For additional requirements and information relative to the TEP, please contact the Director of Teacher Education.

Elective Track for Bachelor of Arts with Major in Music pursuing licensure requirements in Music Education Pre-K-12

Music majors may elect the following course work in fulfillment of their Upper Division Music Elective and additional degree hours in order to meet Licensure Requirements in Music Education Pre-K-12:

Select 3 hours from the following (area of applied principal instrument may be taken, but is not accepted as part of a student's BA-Music degree requirements:

MUSI 261
Instrumental Techniques: Brass
1
MUSI 262
Instrumental Techniques: Percussion
1
MUSI 263
Instrumental Techniques: Strings
1
MUSI 264
Instrumental Techniques: Woodwinds
1
MUSI 260
Elementary Music Education
3
MUSI 361 or 362
Choral or Instrumental Literature and Conducting
2
MUSI 461 or 462
Secondary Methods: Choral or Instrumental
2
MUSI 463 or 464
Classroom Management: Choral or Instrumental
3
EDUC 251
Foundations/Development of American Education
2
EDUC 358
Reading and Language Arts in the Content Areas
3
EDUC 369
Inclusion of Exceptional Children
3
EDUC 409
Tests and Measurements
1
EDUC/PSYC 360
Human Growth and Development
3
EDUC 494
Teaching Internship, Pre-K-12
12
General Education Requirements (including 6 hours of MUSI)
47
BA degree with major in music with licensure in Music Education Pre-K-12
82
Total:
129


MINOR IN MUSIC
A minor in music consists of 18 semester hours of music, at least 12 of which must be in 300- or 400-level courses. The minor must be approved by the chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.