The Playwriting and Screenwriting BA Program: Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all playwriting and screenwriting majors must meet the following requirements (54 credits):

Foundation courses: 23 credits

  1. DWR 1000/Playwriting I: 4 credits
  2. DWR 1010/Screenwriting I: 4 credits
  3. CIN 1500/Introduction to Cinema Studies I: 4 credits
  4. DWR 2000/Screenwriting II: 4 credits
  5. DWR 2010/Playwriting II: 4 credits
  6. THP 2885/Theatre Histories I: 3 credits

Electives: 17 credits
Students choose their electives in consultation with their faculty advisor. At least 10 of the 17 credits must be upper level. Courses in the list of examples are subject to change, and new courses may be added.

Synthesis courses: 14 credits

  1. DWR 3880/Junior Seminar: 4 credits
  2. DWR 4880/Senior Colloquium in Playwriting and Screenwriting: 2 credits
  3. DWR 4990/Senior Project: Playwriting/Screenwriting: 8 credits

Examples of electives
DWR 1230/Hollywood and the Writer
DWR 1250/Plays and Playgoing
CIN 1510/Introduction to Cinema Studies II
THP 2205/Shakespeare Then and Now
DWR 2500/The Collaborative Process
THP 2890/Theatre Histories II
DWR 3000/Screenwriting III
DWR 3120/The Writer and the Documentary
DWR 3200/Playwriting III
DWR 3230/Writers’ Scene Workshop
DWR 3300/Writing for Television
DWR 3500/Documentary Theatre: Performing Real Life
THP 3725/Adapting Literature for Performance

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