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2023-2024 Course Catalog

Theatre Arts (B.F.A.)

Students work with advisors to build an individualized course of study in two areas of interest related to career goals. For example, a student might propose to combine acting with design and technology, musical theatre with playwriting, or directing with arts management. Students wanting to seek this degree will write a proposal to be reviewed and approved by the theatre faculty. This major helps students develop a set of skills and experience to confidently enter the world of professional theatre. They capitalize upon Nebraska Wesleyan's active production schedule and academic opportunities to customize a degree program and gain practical experience that will result in an impressive resume and portfolio.


Theatre Department Core 12 hours
Theatre Studies Major (B.F.A., 69 hours)
THTRE 1020FYW/THTRE 1030 Script Analysis 3 hours
THTRE 1300 Acting I 3 hours
THTRE 2500 Directing I 3 hours
THTRE 2700 Introduction to Theatrical Design 3 hours
Theatre History 6 hours
THTRE 3800 World Theatre History I 3 hours
THTRE 3810 World Theatre History II 3 hours
Theatre Arts B.F.A. Focus Areas 34 hours
Upper-level (3000- and 4000-level) focus area courses 12 hours
Other focus area courses 22 hours
  • By consultation with and approval by Theatre Arts faculty, students will devise and select coursework for two focus areas.
  • As a goal, each focus area will be designed to have at least 17 hours, 6 hours of which must be upper-level (3000- and 4000-level)
  • Focus areas may include coursework in Acting, Design and Technology, Directing, Musical Theatre, Playwriting, Arts Leadership, or Arts Management. Courses from other departments may be incorporated into a focus area when appropriate.
  • THTRE 1010 Theatre Appreciation may not be used in a focus area.
Dramatic Literature 4 hours
Select 4 hours of Dramatic Literature:  
Technical Theatre 3 hours
THTRE 1400 Introduction to Technical Theatre or THTRE 1410 Costume Construction  
Experiential 3 hours
Select 1 course:  
Practicum 4 hours

At least one credit of Practicum must be completed each year.

Practicums should be selected from THTRE-1700-1800.

Capstone 3 hours
THTRE 4970 Internship or
THTRE 4990 Senior Capstone