This joint degree program draws from both theater arts and engineering/science studies, providing students with a basic command of each mode of inquiry.

The Major Advisor is Assistant Professor Sara Brown.

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

All 21E/S Majors are required to select seven elective subjects in addition to the required subjects below, in consultation with the Major Advisor. 

Qualified students may, with departmental approval, substitute a thesis (21M.THU) for one these 12-unit electives.

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

Select 12 units of the following: 12
21M.600 Introduction of Acting
21M.603 Fundamentals of Theater Design
21M.604[J] Playwriting Fundamentals
21M.623 Physical Improvisation: Bodies in Motion
21M.710 Script Analysis
21M.840 Performance Media
Select eight elective subjects in consultation with the major advisor 78-96
Total Units 90-108
See the Theater Arts subject listing for a list of available subjects. Qualified students may, with departmental approval, substitute a thesis (21M.ThU) for one of these 12-unit electives.


One of the Communication Intensive classes will be from the 21M curriculum, the other will be from the science or engineering 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.