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Emerson College Comedy Major Is First of Its Kind in US

By    |   Friday, 19 June 2015 04:18 PM

Students who want a big chuckle along with their college diploma may want to consider Emerson University’s newly launched comedy major.

The school, which created a comedy minor in 2014, announced this week that it would be the first university in the country to offer a degree in comedy, ideal for writers, performers, and producers with an eye for the humorous.

“This new degree strengthens Emerson’s commitment to the study of comedy by adding academic rigor and institutional resources from faculty and industry professionals at the main Boston campus and at our Los Angeles facility,” university President Lee Pelton said in a release. “In keeping with the College’s rich teaching tradition, the new major will combine an academic focus with hands-on opportunities.”

The school already is known for its comedic focus, and many of comedy’s best and brightest received degrees from Emerson: executive producer Kevin Bright (“Friends”), producer Norman Lear (“All in the Family,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons”), Jay Leno, and comedian Denis Leary, to name a few.

“Comedy is more relevant than ever,” Martie Cook, professor and associate chair of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson and the creator of the Comedic Arts major, said in the university release. “For Millennials and Generation Z, it’s a second language for expressing and reflecting the world as they understand it. We're thrilled to meet the next generation’s growing demand for all things comedy with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree curriculum that inspires students to explore comedy in and out of the classroom and prepares them through concentrated studies and professional experiences for careers in the field.”

As part of the comedic arts major, the school is partnering with the Upright Citizens Brigade, a Los Angeles improve group.

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