Department of Performing Arts
The Liberal Arts
Emerson knows you have a variety of interests—interests that can cut across traditional department lines and disciplines. The liberal arts courses you will take as a general education foundation will provide you with broad exposure to the fields of politics, history, philosophy, science, literature, and the arts.
General Education Requirements
- Foundations: includes oral and written communication, and quantitative reasoning
- Perspectives: students must complete one course from each of the following perspectives: Aesthetic, Ethics and Values, Historical, Interdisciplinary, Literary, Scientific, and Social and Psychological
- U.S. and Global Diversity: includes two diversity courses and two courses of a single foreign language
No matter which academic program you pursue at Emerson, you will find the First-Year Institute Seminars to be a rich and exciting introduction to academic life. Class sizes are small, and the curriculum emphasizes topics, assignments, and instructional approaches that address the academic demands of your first year.
A Sample of Past Seminar Topics:
- Behind the Headlines: The Culture of International News
- Jewish Origins of Punk Rock
- Comic Books in American Culture
- Literature of Extreme Situations
- Life and Death: Science and Psychology of Survival
The Honors Program
The Emerson College Honors Program is a four-year, interdisciplinary program consisting of intensive liberal arts honors seminars, collaborative research projects, and faculty-directed independent study.
Consider applying to Emerson’s Honors Program if you’re a highly motivated, academically gifted student. High school students should apply in the fall of their senior year.
A Round of Applause...
Recent news highlights from the Department of Performing Arts.
Academy Fight Song involves PA alumni, faculty
in world-premiere production at Boston Center for the Arts.
Kinky Boots actor comes home.
Following a stint on Broadway, Lauren Chapman '12 returns to Boston in the Tony award-winning show's national tour.
Assistant Professor Christina Marin recieves service learning innovation grant
to support collaboration between Emerson's Theatre Education graduate program and ¡ACCIÓN! Community Theater (ACT) in Hyde Square.
Emily Skeggs '12 nominated for Tony Award
Emily Skeggs was with fellow Emerson alums when she learned that she had been nominated for a Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) for her role in Fun Home.
No rehearsal needed: Students win theatre competition
They didn’t go to USITT to compete (in fact, they signed up after the race had begun), but a group of Performing Arts production majors took first place at the 2015 Tech Olympics!