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 1030/History of Film Art: 4 credits
  4. CIN 1500/Introduction to Cinema Studies I: 4 credits (required through spring 2019)
  5. PSW 2000/Screenwriting II: 4 credits
  6. PSW 2010/Playwriting II: 4 credits
  7. THP 2885/Theatre Histories I or THP 2890/Theatre Histories II: 3 credits

*Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in PSW 1000 and PSW 1010 in order to continue in the sequence to PSW 2000 and PSW 2010, respectively.

Note: CIN 1500/Introduction to Cinema Studies I satisfied the film history requirement (CIN 1030) through spring 2019.

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.

**A minimum grade of C- is required for any elective pre-requisites.

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

***A minimum grade of C- is required in the Junior Seminar as pre-requisite for the Senior Project.

  Examples of Electives
CIN 1510/Introduction to Cinema Studies II
PSW 1230/Hollywood and the Writer
PSW 1250/Plays and Playgoing
PSW 2500/The Collaborative Process
PSW 3000/Screenwriting III
PSW 3120/The Writer and the Documentary
PSW 3150/How to Say It: Pitch Sessions and Public Speaking for Writers
PSW 3155/The Art of Rewriting: Killing Our Darlings
PSW 3200/Playwriting III
PSW 3230/Writers’ Scene Workshop
PSW 3300/Writing for Television
PSW 3400/The TV Writer’s Room
PSW 3500/Documentary Theatre: Performing Real Life
THP 2205/Shakespeare Then and Now
THP 3725/Adapting Literature for Performance

Second Liberal Arts Major or Minor, or Other Study Electives Requirement

Effective fall 2018, playwriting and screenwriting majors have the option of either completing a second liberal arts major or minor or other study electives to fulfill this requirement. A minor is strongly encouraged. The list of approved majors/minors is as follows: anthropology, art history, Asian studies, biology, chemistry, environmental studies, French, gender studies, global black studies, history, Italian, Jewish studies, Latin American studies, linguistics, literature, mathematics/computer science, philosophy, philosophy and art, political science, psychology, sociology, or Spanish.

This requirement is not fulfilled by certain second majors and minors. Students are still encouraged to pursue these studies and there is room in their schedules to do so. Excluded majors/minors are: arts management, film/video production, music, theatre and performance, creative writing, communications, and visual arts.

If a student wishes to pursue liberal arts study in a field which does not offer a minor, a five course concentration with two upper level electives (minimum of 18 credits including a minimum of six upper-level credits) can be substituted in consultation with their advisor.

Playwriting/Screenwriting Double Majors

Playwriting/Screenwriting double majors are required to take Junior Seminar in either playwriting or screenwriting. They are not required to do the Senior Project or Senior Colloquium if they choose a Senior Project in their other major. Double majors in the non-excluded areas of study will fulfill the required minor.