English Major with a Concentration in Theatre

The English Department offers a special major intended to provide institutional support and recognition to students who want to invest a significant part of their undergraduate careers in theatre and theatre related courses, and to furnish such students with credentials reflecting their work in theatre.

A minimum of twelve courses (amounting to at least 48 credit hours) in English and theatre courses is required.

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Student must take two of the following surveys:

English 112: Classical and Scriptural Backgrounds
English 113: Survey of British Literature I
English 114: Survey of British Literature II
English 115: Survey of American Literature

Of the remaining courses in literature and theatre, sixteen hours of credit must be in theatre production (either onstage or backstage). Each student must work on at least four productions, serving in stage management or as an assistant director for at least one. Courses eligible in this section include (Spring course numbers in parentheses):

ENG 290 (291): Plays in Production: Fall Year (Spring Year)—4 credits

ENG 292 (293) / 294 (295): Plays in Performance: Name of Play—4 credits
ENG 296 (297): Stage Management: Fall (Spring)—4 credits

Theatre concentrators will also be required to take eight hours of credit in Theatre Method and/or Performance courses, choosing from the following (Spring course numbers in parentheses):

English 123: Playwriting—4 credits
English 170 (171): Technical Theatre—4 credits
English 172 (173): Intro to Stage Lighting and Sound—4 credits
English 174 (175): Acting Techniques—4 credits
English 176 (also occassionally 177): Voice & Movement for the Actor—4 credits
English 177): Mask, Character and Voice: The Actor Prepares—4 credits
English 178 (179): Design for the Stage*—2 credits
English 180: Directing—4 credits
English 252: Theatre in England—4 credits
English 270 (271): Advanced Technical Theatre—4 credits
English 273: Movement Masterclass for the Actor—4 credits
English 278: Advanced Playwriting—4 credits
English 360 Special Projects: Theatre—4 credits
Other classes offered occasionally may also fulfill this requirement

Finally, Theatre concentrators must take sixteen hours of credit in literary study courses in British or American literature, two of which must be in literature before 1800, and two courses in dramatic literature.

Additionally, students taking an Internship in Theatre (ENG 394), undertaking an Independent Study (ENG 391) whose subject is Theatre or Dramatic Research, or enrolled in a standard Research Course (ENG 380) or Honors Thesis (ENG 398) with a Dramatic Literature/Theatrical focus might also have those classes count towards the Theatre Concentration. Similarly, Study Abroad options in London and Bath (if allied to dramatic or theatrical work) might count towards a this Concentration. Other courses relating to drama and/or theatre, in the English Department may, from time to time, be valid additions to this list, too. See the Director of Undergraduate Studies for details.

In cases where some courses are unavailable, students should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for possible substitutions.

For further information, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Theatre and/or the Artistic Director of the Theatre Program.

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