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 Major Advisor is Professor Janet Sonenberg. 

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 class:

Number Title Units
21M.710 Script Analysis 12



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 seven elective subjects in consultation with the Major Advisor. 

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

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. 

If you are interested in participating in a practicum during Fall 2019 semester, please complete this interest form. Once you have completed the form with your avalibity and preferences, you will hear back from a member of the Theater Arts staff with your practicum assignment.