Combined Major in English and Theatre


Note: A grade of C (2.0) is required in all coursework comprising the major.

14.5 units, including:

  • Seven courses in theatre, including:

    • THTR203 Introduction to Light and Sound, or THTR206 Introduction to Costume, or THTR301 Scene Design

    • THTR207 Text and Performance

    • THTR208  Fundamentals of Design

    • THTR212 Basics of Acting or THTR308 Basics of Directing

    • THTR309 Classical Theatre or THTR319 Theatre History: Modern and Contemporary

    • THTR370 Staging Gender, THTR210 Performing Diversity, or THTR229 Going Solo: The Politics of Identity in Contemporary Solo Performance, THTR239 Latinx On Stage: From the Barrios to Broadway, or THTR320 Twentieth- Century Acting Styles and Theory 

    • THTR407 Collaboration and Production

  • Seven courses in English, including:

    • Two FSLT courses taught in the English Department (one must be completed before enrolling in advanced courses in the major/minor; the second may be taken concurrently with advanced courses)

    • One 300-level course from Group A (literature before the early to mid-19th century)

    • One 300-level course from Group B (literature after the early to mid-19th century)

    • Two additional courses at the 300 level

    • ENGL400 Junior/Senior Seminar

  • IDST379 Combined Major Project/Portfolio

    A senior writing project (taken for one half unit as IDST379) on a comparative topic dealing with Theatre and English will be required. The paper must be 20-30 pages long and will make significant use of primary and secondary sources, and will be conducted through independent study. Students should select a focus for the writing project no later than spring of the junior year, and will have two supervisors, one from the English department and one from the Theatre department. By the beginning of senior year, the student should designate one of the supervisors as the primary supervisor, and this supervisor will have primary responsibility for determining the student's grade on the writing project after considering an evaluation and a suggested grade supplied by the second supervisor. If there is sharp disagreement between the two supervisors over the final grade, the primary supervisor's departmental chairperson will appoint a third reader/grader, whose decision will break the deadlock between the first and second supervisors.

Please note the following caveats:

  • No single course can count in two categories.

  • Students in the combined major cannot also minor in Theatre or English.