Opportunities for employment with a career in fine arts are boundless. Northwestern Oklahoma State University prepares students for careers as arts educators, performers, designers, or technicians.
Northwestern offers three degrees for students seeking careers in music. The Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree prepares students to be performers, studio teachers, church musicians, and for music-related industry or graduate school. However, this degree does not lead to public school teaching certification. Students seeking careers as music educators should pursue the Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) degree. This degree plan prepares students to be professional educators in the public schools. Although a music education major may select either a vocal or an instrumental option, the music faculty encourages all students to have experience in both vocal and instrumental music, and strongly suggests achieving state certification in both areas to increase marketability after graduation. We also offer a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music, which provides a thorough grounding in music while allowing students to also pursue coursework in a secondary subject area such as social work, psychology or business. In addition, we offer minors in Music and Musical Theatre.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and theatre prepares students to pursue careers in judicial law, human resources, public relations, business, the media, the entertainment industry, professional theatre, community theatre, religious theatre and/or for graduate school. We also offer minors in Theatre and Musical Theatre.
The minor in Visual Arts allows students concentrated engagement in the visual arts while pursing their major courses of study. A minor in Visual Arts prepares students for advanced study in art and for entry into professional artistic employment.