English and Theatre, BA

The Department of English and the Department of Theatre offer an interdisciplinary combined major in English and theatre. Students in the combined major in English and theatre integrate knowledge of the art of theatre, including performance, design, and production, with literary studies, digital humanities, and creative writing. The combined major offers both classroom and experiential learning in the practices of making theatre, playwriting, and dramaturgy with the study of the diverse historical, cultural, and aesthetic contexts of English and American literatures. Students develop the capacity for interpreting a variety of texts through performance and writing to engage diverse audiences.

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.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

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

English Requirements

English Course-Level Requirement
In addition to the capstone, two of the courses chosen from the lists below must be numbered ENGL 3000–ENGL 4999.
Foundational Courses
ENGL 1400Introduction to Literary Studies4
ENGL 1160Introduction to Rhetoric4
or ENGL 1410 Introduction to Writing Studies
Complete one of the following courses. This course may also be used to fulfill an additional English requirement below:4
Early African-American Literature
Modern African-American Literature
Postcolonial Literature
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
U.S. Latino/a Literature
Native American Literature
Writing in Global Contexts
The African-American Novel
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
Pre-Nineteenth-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Shakespeare
The Bible
Medieval British Literature
Shakespeare’s Comedies
Shakespeare’s Tragedies
16th-Century British Literature
17th-Century British Literature
18th-Century British Literature
Revolution and Revolt in Early American Literature
Early African-American Literature
Topics in Early Literatures Abroad
Medieval Romance and Modern Readers
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Topics in Early Literatures
Topics in Shakespeare
Topics in 17th- and 18th-Century Literatures
Nineteenth-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Romantic Poetry
Victorian Literature
19th-Century British Fiction
19th-Century American Novels
The American Renaissance
American Realism
Emerson and Thoreau
19th-Century Major Figure
Topics in 19th-Century Literatures
Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
20th-Century British Literature
Major 20th-Century British Novelists
20th- and 21st-Century American Novels
Modern American Literature
Modern African-American Literature
Contemporary American Literature
The Modern Bestseller
Irish Literary Culture Abroad
Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art Abroad
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
20th- and 21st-Century Major Figure
Topics in 20th- and 21st-Century Literatures
Topics in Film
Theories and Methods
Complete one of the following:4
Grammar: The Architecture of English
Introduction to Rhetoric
Introduction to Writing Studies
ENGL 1800
Literary Theory
Writing for Social Media: Theory and Practice
Rhetoric of Law
Technologies of Text
The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing
Topics in Literary Criticism
Topics in Rhetoric and Writing Studies
Opening the Archive
Research in Rhetoric and Writing
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Linguistic Analysis
History of English
Language and Gender
Topics in Linguistics
Comparative Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Trouble in Utopia
Animals, Objects, Humans
Reading and Writing in the Digital Age
British Literature to 1800
British Literature 1800 to Present
American Literature to 1865
American Literature 1865 to Present
Global Literature 1500 to Present
The Modern Short Story
The Modern Novel
Modern Poetry
Contemporary Poetry
Contemporary Fiction
Postcolonial Literature
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
U.S. Latino/a Literature
Native American Literature
Horror Fiction
Science Fiction
What Is Nature? (Abroad)
Literature and Politics
The Literature of Science
Film and Text Abroad
Film and Text
Children’s Literature
Psychology and Literature
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
The City in Literature
Topics in Genre
Topics in Postcolonial Literature
Topics in Comparative Textual Studies
Complete one of the following:4
Creative Writing
Style and Editing
Digital Writing
Writing and Community Engagement
Writing in Global Contexts
Writing to Heal
Visual Writing: Writing Visuals
Writing Cultures
Writing Boston
Creative Nonfiction
Poetry Workshop
Fiction Workshop
Nonfiction Workshop
Topics in Writing
Publishing in the 21st Century
The Writer’s Marketplace
ENGL 4710Capstone Seminar4
or ENGL 4720 Capstone Project

Theatre Requirements

A minimum grade of C is required in all theatre courses.

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
THTR 4702Capstone Rehearsal and Performance4
Intermedate or Advanced Technique
Complete two of the following:8
History of Musical Theatre
Acting 2
Acting for the Camera
THTR 2347
Stage Makeup
Technical Theatre 2
Lighting Design
Costume Design
Scenic Design
Acting 3—Playing Shakespeare
Directing for the Stage
Musical Theatre Performance

Integrative Requirements

Courses used in the integrative requirements cannot double-count in other areas of the major.

Integrative Courses
ENGL 1600Introduction to Shakespeare4
THTR 2315Rebels of Modern Drama4
or THTR 2320 America Onstage: Dramatizing the Dream

English and Theatre Major Credit Requirement

90 semester hours required in the major

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required