Reed College Catalog

A major for those who think of drama as the union of complementary disciplines, this program should appeal to the student interested in playwriting and performance, as well as to those who intend to write literary criticism with an emphasis on dramatic literature.

Requirements for the Major

  1. Humanities 210, 220, or 230 (may be used to fulfill Group B or X).
  2. Proficiency in a foreign language at the second-year level.
  3. Five units of literature, two of which must be nondramatic literature, two of which must be dramatic literature (including one unit of Shakespeare) and one of which must be a 300-level literature course in a department other than English.
  4. One unit of music, dance, or art.
  5. Five units of theatre including Theatre 210 or an approved alternate, Theatre 331 and two of the following: Theatre 240, 250, 260, 270. Theatre 250 and 260 are strongly recommended for majors. If a student is considering a thesis with a creative component, a design course is required (Theatre 202 or 205).
  6. Literature–theatre 470 (thesis).

Additional Requirement

Completion of Theatre 162 requirement. See explanation in the theatre department section.

Junior Qualifying Examination/Thesis

Students electing a major in literature–theatre are examined by the two departments in the second semester of the junior year. On the basis of this review, it will be determined whether a student will be admitted to senior standing and may undertake a research-centered thesis or a creative project with a research component. Performance on the exam will affect the nature and scope of the thesis project.

The senior thesis of a literature–theatre major may be a creative project with a research component or an academic research project. Students have undertaken creative projects in playwriting, directing, acting, design, and dramaturgy.