Sample Degree Pathway for English - Theatre Arts Concentration


For students who entered fall 2015 and beyond.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1010/ HONR.1100 College Writing I/FYSH (CW) 3
MATH.xxxx Math Persp. (MATH) - MATH.1110 (QL) recommended4 3
WLxx.xxxx Language 1 & Culture 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
FAHS.1090 First Year Seminar 1
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1020 College Writing II (CW) 3
WLxx.xxxx Language 2 & Culture 3
xxxx.xxxx Science with/Lab Persp. (SCL) 3/4
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
ENGL.2xxx Foundations course2 3
Total 15/16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.2xxx Foundations course2 3
xxxx.xxxx Theatre Elective3 3
THEA.3110 Play Production 3
xxxx.xxxx STEM Persp. (STEM) 3
xxxx.xxxx Language 3 & Culture or World Ready Elective1 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.2xxx Foundations course2 - ENGL.2330 Play Analysis 3
xxxx.xxxx Theatre Elective3 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxx Language 4 & Culture or World Ready Elective1 3
Total 15

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.4230/4240 Shakespeare 1 or 2 (WOC), (IL) 3
ENGL.xxxx Dramatic Literature Elective3 (DCA), (SRE) 3
xxxx.xxxx Theatre Elective3 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxx Science with/Lab Persp. (SCL) 3/4
Total 15/16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.xxxx Dramatic Literature Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Theatre Elective3 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx World Ready Elective1 or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free, Minor, or Theatre Elective 3
Total 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
THEA.xxxx Capstone Course 1-3
xxxx.xxxx Theatre Elective or Free or Minor Elective 3
xxxx.3/4xxx Free or Minor Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free, Minor or Theatre Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective 3
Total 13/15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
xxxx.xxxx Theatre Elective or Free or Minor Elective 3
xxxx.3/4xxx Free or Minor Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free, Minor or Theatre Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective 3
Total 15
Total Minimum Credits = 120

1World Ready Language Track (WR track) requires successful completion of a two course sequence in a World Language (depending on placement) and three approved courses on the culture/history/literature/film related to that language, but taught in English. (Total of 15 credits.) For detailed information refer to Policies - Language Requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

2Theatre Arts has three foundations courses: Play Analysis, British Literary Traditions, and American Literary Traditions. They may be taken in any order.

3There are several different varieties of Theatre Electives, with a required distribution. These can be taken in any order; see the list of Theatre Electives and specific categories and distribution requirements below.  One literature elective must fulfill the Department’s Diverse Traditions requirement. Some students may satisfy the Diverse Traditions requirement with a 2000 level course and should consult with their advisors to be sure that they will also satisfy both the DCA & SRE ELOs. 

4Quantitative Literacy (QL) is fulfilled outside the English major. The department recommends that all majors take Math.1110 which fulfills both the Math Breadth of Knowledge requirement and the Quantitative Literacy ELO. See QL course listing for a full list of classes that fulfill this requirement.

A minimum of 37 credits, appropriately distributed, is required for the Theatre Arts major:

  • In order to graduate, students must earn a cumulative 2.2 grade point average in their coursework for the Theatre Arts major.
  • Students must complete 18 credits with the “ENGL” prefix and 13 credits of “THEA” prefix courses. They may then select additional THEA or ENGL courses to complete the major. See below for details on various categories and requirements.
  • Students must complete a capstone course in Theatre in their senior year (see options below). The capstone may be a one-credit course.
  • At least one course must fulfill the department's Diverse Literary Traditions requirement; consult with your adviser or see the list in the SIS advising report.

No more than two Breadth of Knowledge courses can be taken with the same prefix. The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. Refer to the Core Curriculum website for further details. You should meet with your faculty advisor to determine how you will meet the Core Curriculum requirements.

Current UMass Lowell students should be using their Advisement Report in SiS. If you need assistance, please contact your advisor.

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment. See the catalog policy for details.

Required Courses

The Theatre Arts Concentration consists of 37 credits. Of these, a minimum of 18 credits of “ENGL” course work and 13 credits of THEA coursework are specifically required; students may select from either course group for the remaining 6 required credits.

Each of the following 2000-level foundation courses is required (9 credits):

  • ENGL.2330 Play Analysis
  • ENGL.2810 British Literary Traditions
  • ENGL.2820 American Literary Traditions

One of the following courses in Shakespeare is required (3 credits):

  • ENGL.4230 Shakespeare I
  • ENGL.4240 Shakespeare II

Students must take Play Production at least once (3 credits):

  • THEA.3110 Play Production (3cr; may be repeated for credit)

At least two courses in Dramatic Literature/Theatre History Electives (6 credits):

  • ENGL.3440 Women in Theatre (Diverse Traditions/DCA)
  • ENGL.3480 Modern American Drama 
  • ENGL.3590 Contemporary World Drama (Diverse Traditions/DCA)
  • ENGL.3600 Medieval and Renaissance Theatre
  • ENGL.3610 Restoration Comedy
  • ENGL.3620 Modern Drama
  • ENGL.3630 English Renaissance Drama
  • ENGL.3640 African-American Drama (Diverse Traditions/DCA)
  • ENGL.3820 Theatre History 1
  • ENGL.3830 Theatre History 2

At least one course in Performance Electives (min. 3 credits):

  • THEA.2610 Acting 1
  • THEA.2620 Acting 2
  • THEA.2650 Voice & Movement for Actors
  • THEA.3400 Directing Workshop
  • THEA.4900 Performance Practicum (1cr; may be repeated for credit)

At least one course in Creative Electives (min. 3 credits):

  • THEA.2300 Foundations of Theatrical Design
  • THEA.3400 Directing Workshop
  • THEA.4010 Topics in Theatre
  • ENGL.3040 Creative Writing: Playwriting

At least one course in Technical Theatre Electives (min. 3 credits):

  • THEA.2210 Stagecraft
  • THEA.3110 Play Production (3cr; may be repeated for credit)
  • THEA.4920 Technical Theatre Practicum (1-3cr; may be repeated for credit)

Two additional 3-credit Theatre Arts Electives (either ENGL or THEA) in any of these areas:

Students need to take two more courses (6 credits) in any one of the four areas listed below; see course lists in each of these sub-sections above for specific options. Students should choose these courses from the area in which they wish to specialize.

  • Dramatic Literature/Theatre History
  • Performance
  • Creative
  • Technical Theatre

A capstone course is required (may be a one-credit course):

  • THEA.4930 Practicum in Theatre (1-3 credits; may be repeated for credit)
  • THEA.4940 Directed Study in Theatre (1-3 credits; may be repeated for credit)
  • THEA.4950 Senior Seminar in Theatre (1cr)

Optional: An additional 17 credits in THEA and ENGL electives may be taken (0-17 credits):

Additional courses (up to 17 credits within the 54 credit limit) may be taken in literature, theatre, or writing. For students contemplating graduate school in the discipline, additional 3000 or 4000 level theatre or dramatic literature courses are recommended. 

Note: Theatre Arts students are not required to take a minor, but they may wish to do so. Depending on the student's career goals and interests, several different minors may be appropriate. All students are encouraged to discuss possible minors with their academic advisers.

Last updated: 10/25/2017