Degrees Offered

BS, Theatre - Performance Emphasis

BS, Theatre - Design/Tech Emphasis

BS, Speech/Theatre Education

BA, Theatre

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"What is Advanced Standing?"

Advanced Standing is a critical stage in the process by which the professional and academic progress of theatre and speech/theatre education majors is monitored. In order for any BS- Theatre Performance, BS-Theatre Tech/Design, BA-Theatre, or BSED-Speech/Theatre major to enroll in any upper-level courses (courses numbered as 300 or above) in theatre (43- prefix), they must pass a two-part (written and oral) Advanced Standing exam. Passing the Advanced Standing exam formally admits the student into the major, where they may enroll in upper- level coursework.


Note that there are additional requirements of BSED students for formal admittance into the Teacher Education program. Check the University catalog pertaining to

those requirements.


The Northwest Advantage!

The theatre program at Northwest Missouri State University provides a dynamic combination of classroom experiences, hands-on production work (early and often), self-directed learning opportunities, and professional internship experiences, all under the close mentorship of experienced professional theatre artists and professors.


All theatre majors enroll in a theatre “core” which provides  comprehensive coursework and practical experiences in all major areas of theatre.  Students may choose a major in performance, technical theatre/design, education (teaching), or may combine interests which may include coursework and experiences outside the theatre area (i.e. a theatre major with a minor in music, dance, business, psychology, etc.).


Students may also “specialize” within individual majors, such as a technical theatre/design student who may choose to focus on lighting or sound, a performance major who may choose to focus on directing, or an education major who may choose to focus on secondary theatre and forensics coaching.


The possibilities are practically endless!


2014-2016 Academic Catalog - Theatre