Course Minors

Dancers from Fall 2016 Dance Concert

photo credit: Sasha Fornari

Dance Minor in the Course Program

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 Choreography, Dance Studies, and Performance, and allows them to direct their final credit(s) in the minor toward one of these three areas.  Minors will be encouraged, but not required, to develop an extended paper or a significant dance performance piece as part of their program. All dance majors and minors are strongly encouraged to participate in technique and repertory classes each semester.

All minors will design their programs in consultation with a faculty adviser.

Prerequisites for the Minor including all areas of focus:

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.

1. One Dance Studies course
2. One Technique or Repertory/ensemble course for academic credit

Prerequisite credits for Minor: 1.5

Requirements for each focus are as follows:

Choreography Focus

1. DANC 011. Dance Lab I: Making Dance
2. One Dance Studies course from DANC 004, 021, 022, or 025A
3. One Repertory/Ensemble course (any tradition)
4. One Technique course (any tradition)
5. Additional courses (totaling 1 credit) proposed by the student and approved on an individual basis by the faculty from a combination of choreography, dance studies, repertory, and technique courses.

Dance Studies Focus

1. Two Dance Studies courses**

  • One course DANC 002 (FYS), 021, or 022
  • One course DANC 004 or 025A

2. Additional courses (totaling 2 credits) proposed by the student and approved on an individual basis by the faculty from a combination of choreography, dance studies, repertory, and technique courses.

Performance

1. Two Technique Courses (totaling 1 credit from two different traditions)
2. Two Repertory Courses (totaling 1 credit from two different traditions)
3. Additional courses (totaling 2 credits) proposed by the student and approved on an individual basis by the faculty from a combination of choreography, dance studies, repertory, and technique courses.

*The performance minor will be offered beginning with the Class of 2020. Within the performance minor, the requirements for multiple traditions begin with the Class of 2021 and beyond. Current minors in the Class of 2020 are encouraged but are not required to complete the specific courses listed.

Total credits in each focus: 4

Total prerequisites and credits required for Minor: 5.5

**Specific course number requirements apply to the Class of 2022 and beyond. Current minors and prospective minors in the Class of 2021 must complete the same number of dance studies courses and are encouraged but are not required to complete the specific courses listed.