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The Playwriting and Screenwriting BA Program: Academic Requirements

Note: Effective Fall 2014, courses formerly offered under the DWR prefix change to the PSW prefix.

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

Foundation courses: 23 credits

  1. PSW 1000/Playwriting I: 4 credits
  2. PSW 1010/Screenwriting I: 4 credits
  3. CIN 1500/Introduction to Cinema Studies I: 4 credits
  4. PSW 2000/Screenwriting II: 4 credits
  5. PSW 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. PSW 3880/Junior Seminar: 4 credits
  2. PSW 4880/Senior Colloquium in Playwriting and Screenwriting: 2 credits
  3. SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  4. SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

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


Updates to the 2013–15 College Catalog:

Effective Fall 2014:

  • Courses previously offered under the DWR prefix are now offered under the PSW prefix.
  • The senior project (formerly DWR 4990, two semesters, 8 credits total) is now SPJ 4990/Senior Project I and SPJ 4991/Senior Project II, 4 credits each.

Updated March 20, 2014



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