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Undergraduate Program


The English department, in conjunction with the University’s International Theatre Program, offers a major for students who want to invest a significant part of their undergraduate careers in theater and theater-related courses, and to furnish such students with credentials reflecting their work in theater.

For further information, contact the director of undergraduate studies or the artistic director of the theatre program.

Major Requirements

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

In cases where some courses are unavailable, students should consult with the director of undergraduate studies for possible substitutions.

Two Survey Courses

Two of the following:

  • ENG 112: Classical and Scriptural Backgrounds
  • ENG 113: British Literature I
  • ENG 114: British Literature II
  • ENG 115: American Literature
Sixteen Credit Hours in Theater Production

Sixteen credit hours must be in theater 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. Students can choose from the following (Spring course numbers in parentheses):

  • ENG 290 (291): Intro to Theater
  • ENG 292 (293): Plays in Performance: Name of Play
  • ENG 296 (297): Stage Management: Semester + Year
Eight Credit Hours in Theater Method/Performance

Eight hours of credit must be in theater method and/or performance courses, choosing from the following (Spring course numbers in parentheses):

  • ENG 123: Playwriting
  • ENG 154 (155): Intro to Design for the Stage - 2 credits
  • ENG 164: Improvisation: Semester + Year
  • ENG 165: Acting Comdey: commedia, Mask, and Improvisation
  • ENG 170 (171): Technical Theater
  • ENG 172 (173): Intro to Stage Lighting and Sound
  • ENG 174 (175): Acting Techniques
  • ENG 176: Movement for the Actor
  • ENG 177: The Actor's Voice
  • ENG 178 (179): Design for the Stage: Discipline (i.e. Scenery, Costumes, Lighting, Sound)
  • ENG 180: Directing: Semester + Year
  • ENG 252: Theater in England
  • ENG 270 (271): Advanced TechnicalTheatre: Semester + Year
  • ENG 272: Advanced Acting: Semester + Year
  • ENG 273: Mastering the Actor's Body
  • ENG 278: Advanced Playwriting: Semester + Year
  • ENG 360: Special Projects: Theater
  • Other classes offered occasionally may also fill this requirment
Sixteen Credit Hours in Literature

Sixteen credit hours in in British or American literature with at least:

  • Two courses in literature before 1800
  • Two courses in dramatic literature

See the pre- and post-1800 page for a list of before 1800 literature courses. 

Other Courses

Students taking ENG 398: Internship in Theater, ENG 391: Independent Study, ENG 380: Advanced Seminar, or ENG 396: Honors Seminar with a dramatic literature/theatrical focus might also have those classes count toward the theater concentration.

Study abroad options in London and Bath that focus on dramatic or theatrical work may also count toward this concentration.

Other courses in the English department relating to drama and/or theater may, from time to time, be valid additions to this list. See the director of undergraduate studies for details.