Media and Screen Studies and Theatre, BA

This major is designed for students who want to combine a knowledge of the art of theatre with the theories and conceptual frameworks of media and film studies. It offers both classroom and experiential learning in areas of acting, directing, writing, and design with related studies in screenwriting, media technology, and media production. Students develop a personalized technique for the practices of making theatre, film (documentary and fiction), and television as engaged citizens and creative artists.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

NUpath requirements Interpreting Culture (IC) and Societies and Institutions (SI) are met through the major course requirements. 

NUpath requirements Creative Expression/Innovation (EI), Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ), Analyzing and Using Data (AD), Difference and Diversity (DD), and Ethical Reasoning (ER) may be met through electives in the major.

NUpath requirement Natural and Designed World (ND) must be met through general electives.

Media and Screen Studies Requirements

Introduction to College
MSCR 1000Media and Screen Studies at Northeastern1
Introduction to Media Studies
MSCR 1220Media, Culture, and Society4
Introduction to Screen Studies
MSCR 2220Understanding Media and Film4
Advanced Theory
MSCR 4623Theories of Media and Culture4
Media and Screen Studies Electives
Complete four of the following:16
Narrative Filmmaking
Gender and Film
Topics in Documentary Production
Topics in Film Studies
Introduction to Film Production
Introduction to Digital Media Culture
Advertising and Promotional Culture
Global Media
Film Analysis
Special Topics in Media and Screen Studies
Digital Media Culture
Media Audiences
Popular Music as Media Form
Media Industries
Media and Identity
Video: Sound and Image
Experimental Video
Survey of the Still and Moving Image
Advanced Media and Screen Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Film Theory
TV History
Media and Democracy
Special Topics in Media and Screen Studies
Directed Study
Independent Study

Theatre Requirements

Foundational Stages
THTR 1101Introduction to Theatre4
THTR 1120Acting 14
THTR 1131Technical Theatre 14
THTR 1270Introduction to Theatrical Design4
THTR 2325From Script to Stage4
Theatre Texts and Context
Complete one of the following:4
Classics of Global Theatre
Rebels of Modern Drama
America Onstage: Dramatizing the Dream
Theatre and Society
Making Theatre
THTR 1100Production Experience 11
THTR 2000Production Experience 21
Intermediate or Advanced Technique
Complete two of the following:8
Classics of Global Theatre
History of Musical Theatre
Rebels of Modern Drama
America Onstage: Dramatizing the Dream
Theatre and Society
Acting 2
Acting for the Camera
Lighting Design
Costume Design
Scenic Design
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Theatre
Voice and Speech for the Actor
Queer Theatre and Performance (Queer Theatre - to be added)
Devised Theatre Project: Collaborative Performance
Designing Combat for the Stage (Designing Combat for the Stage - to be added)
Acting 3—Playing Shakespeare
Directing for the Stage
Musical Theatre Performance

Integrative Requirement

Media and Screen Studies Capstone
MSCR 4623Theories of Media and Culture4
Theatre Capstone
THTR 4702Capstone Rehearsal and Performance4

Media and Screen Studies Grade Requirement

No more than two grades below a C in media and screen studies courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements

Program Requirement

130 total semester hours required

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR 10001MSCR 22204Elective4Vacation
MSCR 12204MSCR elective4Elective4 
THTR 11014THTR 11314  
THTR 11204THTR 12704  
ENGW 11114   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR elective4Co-opCo-opForeign language core course4
Advanced MSCR elective4  Elective4
THTR 23254   
THTR texts and context elective4   
EEAM 20001   
THTR 11001   
 18 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR elective4Co-opCo-opVacation0
Advanced MSCR elective4   
Intermediate or advanced technique elective4   
Foreign language core course4   
THTR 20001   
 17 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR elective4MSCR 46234Vacation0Vacation
Intermediate or advanced technique elective4Elective4  
Foreign language core course4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 5
THTR 47024   
Total Hours: 132