Wayne State University's Board of Governors has voted to combine the dance and theater departments, effective this month.
The board's decision creates the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance. It's part of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts.
Dean Matthew Seeger says the move allows economies of scale and helps people in the two performance fields learn from each other.
The dance program has 93 undergraduate majors, while the theater program has 176 undergraduate, 39 graduate and seven doctoral students.