Degree Requirements

All students are required to complete overall degree requirements in addition to their major.  Please see Degree Completion Requirements for full details for students entering in the 2022-2023 catalog year. 

Those students who started at Hiram prior to the 2022-2023 academic year will follow the Degree Requirements outlined in your catalog of record.

Majors are required to participate in performance events and to assist faculty conductors, directors and designers. The application of theory to practice is one of the program’s basic teaching principles; therefore, all majors will participate in at least two performing arts events each year. Vocal and instrumental concerts, full-length plays, musicals, and operas as well as recitals and one-act plays or scenes give students diverse opportunities to apply their knowledge and training.

Majors are strongly encouraged to complete a performing arts-related study abroad or study-away course, internship, or off-campus summer training program which may also meet the student’s Hiram Connect requirement.

The Senior Capstone Experience is required by all performing arts majors. The student, with counsel from faculty advisors, will determine a capstone that 1) advances the student’s specific academic and artistic interest in the performing arts, 2) demonstrates the student’s understanding of both the practical and theoretical knowledge of their area of concentration, and 3) distinctly reflects the student’s rigor of study and competency in the field.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements (14 credits)

PERF 10100PERFORMANCE AND SOCIETY:CM4
PERF 1XXXXFoundations of Music:CM,IM3
PERF 1XXXXFoundations of Theatre:CM,IM3
PERF 2XXXXTechnology and Business in the Arts:CA4
Total Hours14

Critical Engagement Electives (16 credits)

Performing arts majors are required to choose, with their advisor, four (4) elective PERF classes. One must be 20000-level or above; one must be a 30000-level or above. Many of the options available will satisfy core requirements* as well, such as the following: 

CM
ARDE 12500INTRODUCTION TO FILMMAKING:CM4
ARDE 23600EXPERIMENTAL FILMMAKING:CM4
PERF 10600INTRO TO MUSIC TECHNOLOGY:CM3
PERF 11000BEGINNING DANCE I:CM4
PERF 12010FUNDAMNTL PRNCPLS OF ACTING:CM3
PERF 17000TECHNICAL PRODUCTION:CM3
PERF 20910SHAKESPEARE IN PERFORMANCE:CM3
IM
PERF 10200SURVEY OF AMERICAN MUSIC:IM3
PERF 10800HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL:IM3
PERF 15000INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE:IM3
UD
PERF 20900HISTORY OF JAZZ:UD3
PERF 21000AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC:IM,UD4
PERF 20100QUILTING SOCIAL JUSTICE:CM,UD4
EW
PERF 10301PERF ARTS IN GLOBALCULTR:CM,EW4
PERF 22000ASIAN ARTS CULTURES:EW,IM4
CA
PERF 12000CINEMEXICANIDAD:MEXCULTR:CA,EW4
PERF 23100MUSICIAN AS ENTREPRENEUR:CA3
PERF 21800MUSIC AND GENDER:CA3
Courses from outside of performing arts are be approved by advisors.
*Note that some courses will satisfy two core requirements, as indicated in the course title.

Experience Electives (0-8 credits)

Performing arts majors are required to participate in a least one arts experience each semester. These may be participating in a play (onstage or backstage), being a part of a music ensemble, or taking private music lessons. If the student declares later in the second year, these experiences can be made up by doing 2 per semester, for a total of 8 experiences in the student's four-year program. These experiences can be taken for 0 credits or 1 credit. 

Student Choice Electives

This major affords students great flexibility to complete the requirements and the core with "time to spare." Students may use these available credits to deepen their knowledge and add breadth in the performing arts by choosing more electives to create an individualized program, or they may choose to follow other interests in choosing a minor or adding a second major.

Senior Capstone (4 credits)

Students will complete a capstone in either theatre or music.

Pathway 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall 12 WeekHours
UCS 10101 FIRST-YEAR ENDURING QUESTIONS 4
PERF 10100 PERFORMANCE AND SOCIETY:CM 1 4
Core or Critical Engagement Requirement 2 4
Experience Elective 3 0-1
 Hours12-13
Fall 3 Week
Core Requirement 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
UCS 20201 ADDRESSING URGENT QUESTIONS 4
Core or Critical Engagement Requirement 2 4
Student Choice Elective 4 4
Experience Elective 3 0-1
 Hours12-13
Spring 3 Week
Core Requirement 3-4
 Hours3-4
Second Year
Fall 12 Week
PERF 1XXXXFOUNDATIONS OF THEATRE:CM,IM (or Music) 3
Student Choice Elective 4 4
Core Requirement 4
Experience Elective 3 0-1
 Hours11-12
Fall 3 Week
Student Choice Elective 4 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
PERF 1XXXXFOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC:CM,IM (or Theatre) 3
Student Choice Elective 4 4
Core Requirement 4
Experience Elective 3 0-1
 Hours11-12
Spring 3 Week
Student Choice Elective 4 3-4
 Hours3-4
Summer
Connect Experience 5 3-4
 Hours3-4
Third Year
Fall 12 Week
UCS 30301 URGENT CHALLENGE SEMINAR:TT 4
PERF 2XXXXTECH & BUSINESS IN THE ARTS 4
2XXXXCore or Critical Engagement Requirement 2 4
Experience Elective 3 0-1
 Hours12-13
Fall 3 Week
Student Choice Elective 4 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
Core Requirement 4
3XXXXCore or Critical Engagement Elective 2 4
Student Choice Elective 4 4
Experience Elective 3 0-1
 Hours12-13
Spring 3 Week
Student Choice Elective 4 3-4
 Hours3-4
Fourth Year
Fall 12 Week
THEA 48000
SENIOR SEMINAR
or SENIOR SEMINAR
1-4
Student Choice Elective 4 4
Student Choice Elective 4 4
Experience Elective 3 0-1
 Hours9-13
Fall 3 Week
Student Choice Elective 4 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
Student Choice Elective 4 4
Student Choice Elective 4 4
Student Choice Elective 4 4
Experience Elective 3 0-1
 Hours12-13
Spring 3 Week
Student Choice Elective 4 3-4
 Hours3-4
 Total Hours118-138
1

PERF 10100 PERFORMANCE AND SOCIETY:CM will be taught every other year in the fall. If students do not get it in their first year, they should register for the class in their second year, as it forms a foundation and introduction to the tenets of the major.

2

Performing arts majors are required to choose, with their advisor, 4 elective PERF classes. One must be a 20000-level or above; one must be a 30000-level or above. Many of the options available will satisfy several core requirements as well. Please refer to the major requirements page and speak with a member of the program faculty to get a complete list.

3

Performing arts majors are required to participate in at least one arts experience each semester. These may be participating in a play (onstage or backstage), being part of a music ensemble, or taking private lessons. If the student declares later in the second year, these experiences can be made up by doing two per semester, for a total of eight experiences in the student's four-year program. These experiences can be taken for 0 credit or 1 credit. 

4

The performing arts major affords students great flexibility to complete the requirements and the core with "time to spare." Students may use these slots to deepen their knowledge and add breadth in the performing arts by choosing more electives to create an individualized program, or they may choose to follow other interests in choosing a minor or adding a second major.

5

Connect experience should be connected to the major.

PATHWAY NOTES:

This is a recommended major pathway; individual pathways may vary. Advisor consultation is a vital part of timely graduation.

An elective may replace the core requirement if the core is met by the major.

Students must fulfill all Hiram College graduation requirements. The minimum total semester credit hours for graduation is 120. 

Students who enter with transfer or other credit hours should have those credit hours evaluated by the registrar towards fulfillment of listed requirements. (See Hiram College Transfer Policy.)