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The Applied Minor in Shakespeare Studies comprises a set of Shakespeare-related courses from English, History and Theater Arts. Through these, an immersive experience with a Shakespeare-producing theater, and a capstone presentation, it will provide students with an overview of the skills needed to mount a successful production of a Shakespeare play.


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Plan of Study


The following course is required:

  • ENG 359 - Shakespeare and Social Problems

AND any three of following courses:

  • HIST 358 - Tudor and Stuart England
  • THEA 260 - Foundations of Acting
  • THEA 270 - Theatercraft
  • THEA 280 - Script Analysis
  • THEA 370 - Directing
  • THEA 386 - Devised Theatre


Co-curricular Activity

Students must act in, direct, dramaturg (research for), or manage a college, community, or professional Shakespeare production.

In most cases this will be a minimum four-week commitment, and could be fulfilled through an Earlham College or Richmond Shakespeare Festival production, or through productions at any of more than 70 theatres in the Shakespeare Theater Association.

The objective of this activity is to help students experience the ways that otherwise abstract types of Shakespeare-related knowledge get put to work in production, and consequently get leveraged to improve communities' civic, artistic and economic qualities of life.


Culminating Experience

Students could fulfill their culminating experience with:

  • A portfolio of Shakespeare-related work, backed with a 1,000-word reflection and explanation
  • A 10-minute presentation of a Shakespeare-related project (perhaps at the Annual Research Conference)
  • Any other project, such as the creation of a Shakespeare-related game, adaptation, or creative piece (with consent of the Nate Eastman or Mia Khayat, and through a formal proposal process)

Related Departments

For more information, complete an Interest Form or contact Associate Professor of English Nate Eastman.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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