Course Minors

Spring Dance Concert 2007

photo credit: David Neal

Minor in Dance (course)
The goal of the course minor in dance is to expose a student to the broad scope of the field. The distribution of required courses for the minor provides students with an introduction to composition, history, technique, and theory and allows them to direct their final credit(s) in the minor toward a specific area of interest. It is also possible for students to align required courses within the minor to reflect that specific interest, if any. Minors will be encouraged, but not required, to develop an extended paper or a significant dance performance piece as part of their program. Whether they enroll for credit or audit, all dance majors and minors are strongly encouraged to participate in technique and repertory classes each term.

Prerequisites for the Minor
These prerequisites are strongly recommended for first-year students and must be completed before the junior year. If a student has not completed all of these prerequisites at the time of an application for a minor, but has done good work in one or more courses in the program, the student may be accepted on a provisional basis.

  • Dance 003, 004 or 025A
  • One technique or repertory course for academic credit

Prerequisite credits for minor: 1.5

Course requirements for Minor

  • Dance 011. Dance Lab I: Making Dance
  • Dance 002, 023, or 025A - one course
  • Dance 036, 038, or 075, 077b. or 079 - one course

Additional courses proposed by the student and approved on an individual basis by the faculty from a combination of composition, history, repertory, technique, and theory courses - 2 credits
Total credits in minor: 5


Total prerequisites and credits required for minor: 6.5

Additional Requirements for the Minor
Regular participation in technique classes throughout a student's time at Swarthmore and participation in repertory courses for at least two semesters. Students may choose any style of repertory experience. They are also encouraged to seek out service-learning/community-based learning experiences that incorporate dance.  These may substitute for repertory experiences.