English & Theatre Arts
The department of English and Theatre Arts makes a forceful impact on the University with its extensive contribution to the general education portion of the curriculum. The department is the sole provider of all composition instruction for the freshman class and provides all literature and writing requirements for secondary education. Also, the department provides screenplay instruction for the film and art departments.
In addition, faculty members actively participate in such organizations as the American Association of Theatre and Education, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Actors Equity, Educational Theatre Association and American Association of University Women.
Chimera is an illustrated literary journal of student writing produced in collaboration with the art department. The publication has won numerous national awards and citations. In addition, the Chimera Speaker Series has hosted such renowned authors as Samuel Hazo, Judith Vollmer, Philip Terman, Harry Humes, Diana Hunes George, Ruth Kocher and Christopher Baaken.
Every aspect of the theatre program provides opportunities for students to learn through hands-on experiences and real-life scenarios. The production season presents four shows per year with opportunities for students to serve as actors, designers, technicians and dramaturges mentored by faculty.
Paid writing internships are available at the Pittsburgh Council on Industry, and theater internships have been conducted with the Erie Playhouse and ABC-TV's The View.
Sigma Tau Delta English Honors, Edinboro Literary Club, Nature and Travel Writing Club, English and Humanities Club, Dramatic Activities, University Players, Alpha Psi Omega, Theatre for Young Audiences.
Acceptance rate for theatre students is 100 percent. English graduates have been accepted into graduate school at such prestigious institutions as the University of Pittsburgh, NYU, Chatham University, Gannon University and Emerson College.
Our graduates are enjoying careers all over the world including: professional state manager Off Broadway, high school teacher in Japan studying Kabuki theatre, stage manager for Open Fist Theatre Company in Los Angeles, and director of the School for Performing and Visual Arts in Erie, Pa.
The Writing Center is a very successful collaboration between the faculty-director and English majors. Equipped with computers and conveniently located in Baron-Forness Library, the Center is open seven days a week and averages 1,500 referrals per semester.
A joint project with the Erie County Public Library -- "It Matters When You Read Things" -- is a summer reading program for children.
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The Office of Records and Registration maintains curriculum requirement forms for all undergraduate majors and degree programs offered by Edinboro University. The programs listed here include corresponding links to a printable form. Changes to curriculum requirements and semester sequences are not uncommon. These links are the curriculum requirements and semester sequence sheets for your major.