Theater, Dance & Media

Theater, Dance & Media (TDM) at Harvard includes the study and practice of theater, dance, and media (media is taught primarily in so far as they relate to the performing arts). 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 & 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 Degrees in 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 Degrees in Theater, Dance, and Media for advice on their specific course choices. 

For more information on the secondary field and for advising, please see the TDM website or contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.