Major in Theater Arts, 21E/S

These joint degree programs draw from both humanistic and engineering/science studies, providing students with a basic command of each mode of inquiry. One component is selected from the undergraduate degree curriculum of an engineering/science department, which is approved by a faculty member in the field. The other component consists of subjects in a humanities field, chosen by the student in consultation with an advisor from the appropriate humanities faculty. This unique arrangement yields a humanities program of considerable depth while allowing for continued serious commitment to an engineering/science interest. 

Students will take Script Analysis (CI-M), a pre-thesis and thesis, and 6 elective subjects that will be chosen in consultation with the Majors Advisor.

The Majors Advisor is Janet Sonenberg. 

The Undergraduate Academic Adminstrator is Nicole Paschal

MIT's registrar maintains the official requirements for Course 21E and Course 21S Degrees on their website.

                         All 21E/S Majors are required to take the following classes:

Number Title Units
21M.710 Script Analysis 12
21M.THT Pre-Thesis Tutorial 6
21M.THU Undergraduate Thesis Arranged

All 21E/S Majors are required to take 12 units of the following:

Number Title Units
21M.803 Performance and Design Workshop 3
21M.806 Applied Performance and Design Production 6
21M.809 Performance and Design Intensive 9
21M.851 Independent Study in Performance and Design Arranged

Students will also select six elective subjects in consultation with the Major Advisor. 


One of the Communication Intensive classes will be from the 21M curriculum, the other will be from the science or enginnering field. Ideally, some of the subjects in the science or engineering program, as well as the theater specialty, should complement the forms of learning in the other adding cohesion to the program.

Joint majors are discouraged from also double majoring and may not in any case count any class towards both the 21S/E course and towards the other course.