English/Drama

You are a creative thinker and the quality of your writing and oral communication skills have always been key components to your success. You are also a reader who responds almost intuitively to both classic an contemporary works of literature. Intrigued by every aspect of what it means to be human, you seek to continue to develop your passion for the written language, literature and drama and want to do so in the company of like-minded people, under the guidance of caring and committed faculty who are also readers, writers and performers in their fields. You are exactly who we are looking for to join our interdisciplinary English/Drama program at Friends University!

Instead of being locked in to a single focus, our interdisciplinary major offers three emphasis tracks. All students take a core of required courses in speech, drama and literature and then specialize in one of three emphasis tracks: drama, literature or writing. Students may study the aesthetics of drama, acting or performance, theatre history, directing, stagecraft, drama ministry, literary theory and interpretation, creative writing, editing, feature writing, Shakespeare, C.S. Lewis, American literature, British literature, women’s literature, or even design an independent study of their own where they meet weekly with a faculty mentor or guide. Regardless of emphasis track, all graduates of our major develop excellent writing, research and communication skills. They also develop the ability to think analytically and creatively, two very important attributes for success in a variety of employment fields including publishing, public relations, management training programs, human resources, media, sales, journalism, human services, private or parochial school teaching, theatre performance, theatre production, Christian drama companies, touring companies, local and regional performance groups, and the non-profit sector. Many graduates of our major also pursue graduate studies in the fields of law, creative writing, English literature and theatre.

Departmental and performance-based scholarships are available, as is participation in Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society; The Gallery, the Friends University student-run creative writing magazine; Acts of Faith, our Christian drama troupe; or any of the Friends University theatre, musical theatre or drama productions.

Need more information? Request information now to learn more about the English/Drama bachelor's degree available at Friends University. You can also contact the Admissions Office at 316-295-5100 or learn@friends.edu.