MUSC1370 History of Musical Theatre

Course Description

Meets MN Transfer Goal 6 - Humanities: Arts, Lit & Philosophy. Musicals reflect and respond to the social and cultural eras in which they were written. In this way, musicals can be studied as history. This course examines American musicals in their relationship to the larger society and culture of their times and will explore ideas of race, politics, gender, national identity through study of specific musicals and critical text. No previous musical experience is required.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Develop music listening skills to appreciate the similarities and differences between the many diverse eras of musical theatre
  • Define basic terminology appropriate to musical theatre studies
  • Identify basic characteristics of musical theatre
  • Research historical influences in American musical theatre
  • Develop a greater awareness of behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, and institutions through musical theatre examples
  • Demonstrate knowledge of race, politics, gender, and national identity differences illustrated in musical theatre examples


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other