Department of English


Major Tracks

English: Theater

The English Department (in conjunction with the UR International Theatre Program) offers a major intended 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.

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

1. Concentrators must take two of the following surveys:

  • ENG 112: Classical and Scriptural Backgrounds
  • ENG 113: British Literature I
  • ENG 114: British Literature II
  • ENG 115: American Literature

2. Of the remaining courses in literature and theater, sixteen hours of credit 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, choosing from the following (spring semester course numbers in parentheses):

  • ENG 290 (291): Plays in Production
  • ENG 292 (293)/294 (295): Plays in Performance
  • ENG 296 (297): Stage Management

3. Theater concentrators will also be required to take eight hours of credit in theater method and/or performance courses, choosing from the following (spring semester course numbers in parentheses):

  • ENG 123: Playwriting—2 credits
  • ENG 170 (171)/270 (271): Technical (and Advanced Technical) Theater
  • ENG 172: Intro to Stage Lighting and Sound
  • ENG 174 (175): Acting Techniques
  • ENG 176 (177): Voice and Movement for the Actor
  • ENG 180: Directing
  • ENG 252: Theater in England
  • ENG 360 Special Projects: Theater

Finally, Theater concentrators must take sixteen hours of credit in literary study courses in British or American literature, two of which must be in literature before 1800, and two courses in dramatic literature.

Additionally, students taking an Internship in Theater (ENG 398), undertaking an Independent Study (ENG 391) whose subject is theater or dramatic research, or enrolled in a standard Advanced Seminar (ENG 380) or Honors Seminar (ENG 396) with a dramatic literature/theatrical focus might also have those classes count towards the theater concentration. Similarly, Study Abroad options in London and Bath (if allied to dramatic or theatrical work) might count towards 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.

In cases where some courses are unavailable, students should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for possible substitutions.

For further information, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies and/or the Artistic Director of the Theatre Program.