World Drama and Playwriting (BA)


Webster CAS English Department 4The English Department's emphasis in World Drama and Playwriting is designed to give students a strong grounding in our rich legacy of dramatic literature from the Greeks to the present day. From the Oresteia to Hamlet and to Angels in America, students in the emphasis read masterworks in every major period of dramatic literature. Survey courses like Global Dramatic Literature give students the big picture, drawing links between writers, ideas, and important periods. More narrowly focused courses like Tragic Themes, Modern Drama, Contemporary Drama, and Shakespeare I & II help students become better acquainted with specific authors, themes, or periods.

It all begins with the written word. Our dramatic literature classes are designed to engage and involve students as active readers and scholars. We view plays as performance texts, and as such we must read as actors, designers, writers, and critics. The emphasis in World Drama and Playwriting is designed to give students the necessary literary background and analytical skills they will need as teachers, writers, scholars, and theatre professionals.

For more detailed degree emphasis requirements, see the undergraduate catalog.

Points of Distinction

  • Survey courses and focused topic courses offer students an understanding of dramatic literature from the Greeks to the present day.
  • Collaborations with Webster’s School of Fine Arts allow playwriting students to explore other dimensions of the dramatic arts.
  • Classes and workshops are small and discussion-oriented encouraging students to learn from one another.
  • The English department is a close-knit community of students and professors who meet regularly for readings, book discussions, etc. in the cozy Pearson House on campus.
  • Student publications The Green Fuse and The Mercury give students experience with publishing their own creative and academic work, as well as working on the back-end of a publication.