Secondary Field

The goal of this secondary field is to encourage and make possible a mix of studio training and text-based academic course work. Many departments and degree programs offer courses centered on theater, dance, and media and these courses represent a variety of approaches and emphases for the study of the history and aesthetics of these performing arts. Students electing a secondary field in Theater, Dance, and Media are urged to choose complementary offerings that make a coherent unit of their combined scholarly and practical studies.

REQUIREMENTS: 5 courses (20 credits)

1. At least two practice-based or studio courses (acting, directing, dance, choreography, dramaturgy, design, etc.), most of which are offered under TDM in

2. At least two courses focused on critical and scholarly approaches from either the courses sponsored by TDM or from the list of cross-listed courses.

3. One additional course from either list.


Pass/Fail: With the exception of approved Freshman Seminars, all courses must be taken for letter grades. Grades should be B- or above.

Summer School/Study Abroad: Students may petition the Committee on Theater, Dance, and Media to have Harvard Summer School courses or study abroad courses count towards the secondary field by submitting full descriptions of these courses to the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) of TDM for approval.

Limited Enrollment Courses: Secondary field students will not be granted preferential access to limited enrollment courses. Individual faculty members will determine the priority of enrollment.


Students pursuing a secondary field are urged to seek out faculty members of the Committee on Theater, Dance, & Media for advice on their specific course choices. Students must complete the Secondary Field form and must have it signed by the Director of Undergraduate Studies before the Registrar's deadline in the last term of their senior year.

For more information on the secondary field and for advising, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Download the Secondary Field Form (HarvardKey required)