Dramatic Arts

Dramatic Arts at Harvard includes the study and practice of theatre and dance. 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 drama and/or dance, 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 Dramatic Arts are urged to choose complementary offerings that make a coherent unit of their combined literary and practical studies.

Requirements: 6 half-courses

  1. At least two practice-based or studio courses (acting, directing, dance, choreography, dramaturgy, design, etc.) chosen from courses sponsored by the Dramatic Arts program (i.e. "Courses" with the "Dramatic Arts" rubric, not "Cross-Listed Courses")..

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

  3. Two additional courses from either list

Other Information

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

  2. Summer School/Study Abroad: Students may petition the Committee on Dramatics to have Harvard Summer School courses or study abroad courses count towards the secondary field by submitting full descriptions of these courses to the Chair or the Coordinator of the Committee for approval.

  3. 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.

Advising Resources and Expectations

Students pursuing a secondary field are urged to seek out faculty members of the Committee on Dramatics for advice on their specific course choices.

For more information on the secondary field and for advising, please see the Dramatic Arts website or contact the coordinator, Deborah Foster (617-495-8056; dfoster@fas.harvard.edu).