The Modified Major

The Modified Major in Theater is designed to nurture students wishing to blend an understanding and command of theatre with a related field in order to create a rich, cohesive, and unique field of study. 


Students may determine that a Modified Major in Theater is more appropriate for their educational goals than a regular major. Past students have successfully modified Theater with Classics, Economics, Studio Art, English, and many other disciplines.

Students wishing to pursue a Modified Major in Theater must secure the approval of both the Theater Department and the secondary department. As part of that approval process, students hoping to complete a Modified Major in Theater must submit a written rationale clearly delineating how each proposed course beyond the Department of Theater complements their theater studies, and how the individual courses work together to form a cohesive whole. If you think that a Modified Major might be appropriate for you, the first step is to consult with your faculty advisor. That individual will work with you to ensure that your proposed Modified Major is rigorous, cohesive, and focused.

Students intending to pursue a Theater modified major must also meet with the Chair to discuss their planned course of study previous to submitting a plan in DartWorks.

Students considering a Modified Major in Theater should familiarize themselves with the course requirements of the program. To help you with your planning, you may also wish to use our  Modified Major Worksheet. In addition to coursework, modified minors are required to fulfill a minimum of four production requirements, which should reflect a variety of theatrical activity. One production credit must be fulfilled by serving as a stage manager or assistant stage manager for a mainstage production.

Modifying another Major with Theater

Students wishing to modify another major with Theater must take four courses, one theater studies course, one performance course, one design/production course, and one elective from any of these categories. THEA 10, THEA 80THEA 25, and additional courses are eligible for the fulfillment of these requirements upon approval of the Chair. Students must file a detailed rationale for the modified major that justifies each of the four theater courses.

Students who are modifying with theater are also required to fulfill one production credit in consultation with the Chair or the Director of Theater. To help you with your planning, you may also wish to use our Modifying Another Major with Theater Worksheet

For more information on our modified major, please contact our Academic Coordinator.