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:

    • THTR-203 Introduction to Light and Sound, or THTR-206 Introduction to Costume, or THTR-301 Scene Design

    • THTR-207 Text and Performance

    • THTR-208  Fundamentals of Design

    • THTR-212 Basics of Acting or THTR-308 Basics of Directing

    • THTR-309 Classical Theatre or THTR-319 Theatre History: Modern and Contemporary

    • THTR-370 Staging Gender, THTR-210 Performing Diversity, or THTR-229 Going Solo: The Politics of Identity in Contemporary Solo Performance, THTR-239 Latinx On Stage: From the Barrios to Broadway, or THTR-320 Twentieth- Century Acting Styles and Theory 

    • THTR-407 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

    • ENGL-400 Junior/Senior Seminar

  • IDST-379 Combined Major Project/Portfolio

    A senior writing project (taken for one half unit as IDST-379) 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.