Theatre majors at Nebraska Wesleyan University pursue either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree.
The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Theatre Arts is the traditional liberal arts theatre degree that provides students broad-based theatre knowledge in each of the collaborative areas. It prepares students for graduate study, professional theatre careers, and may serve as preparation for law, ministry, or educational careers. Students interested in double majoring often select the B.A. degree.
The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Theatre Education prepares students for teaching Theatre Arts in middle and secondary schools. It provides a broad knowledge base in the areas and activities theatre educators will be likely to teach or supervise. This major leads to a supplemental teaching endorsement in theatre and must be combined with a primary endorsement such as English, language arts, etc.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts is traditionally pursued by those students who are planning a professional career in theatre. In addition to broad-based core coursework, students take specialized courses to prepare them for more specific careers. Majors include: Acting, Theatre Design and Technology, Directing, Musical Theatre, and Theatre Studies. The B.F.A. Theatre Studies is designed for students with interests in multiple areas of theatre study.
Department Learning Outcomes
Majors will be able to:
- Analyze a play script.
- Analyze a character.
- Portray a character (on stage or in writing).
- Stage a play.
- Employ principles of design.
- Conduct research and communicate results of research.