Dance, Minor - DANC

Program in Dance

The Department of Communication Studies, Dance & Theatre offers a minor in dance. The minor prepares students for further involvement in the dance profession as artists, educators, researchers, leaders, and administrators. The program values individuality, diversity, community, and the empowerment of women through artistic expression. The curriculum fosters the development of the individual creative voice, encourages risk-taking and provides diverse artistic and academic opportunities.

Minor Requirements (12 Hours)

Core Requirement: 4 credit hours:
DANC 242Dance Composition/Improvisation I3
DANC 243Dance Ensemble Workshop (DEW)1
Electives: A minimum of 4 courses for 8 total credit hours:8
Modern Dance Technique: Beginning
Ballet Technique: Beginning
Jazz Technique: Beginning
Body Conditioning I
Tap Technique: Beginning
Musical Theatre Dance Forms
History of Ballet
Introduction to Dance
Contemporary Issues in Dance
Dance Composition/Improvisation I
Dance Ensemble Workshop (DEW)
Modern Dance Technique: Intermediate
Ballet Technique: Intermediate
Classical Pointe Technique—Beginning/Intermediate
Jazz Technique: Intermediate
Body Conditioning II
Tap Technique: Intermediate
Dance Composition/Improvisation II
Modern Dance Technique: Advanced
Ballet Technique: Advanced
Advanced Pointe Technique/Variations
Jazz Technique: Advanced
Special Topics in Dance
Independent Study
Total Credits12

Student Learning Outcomes

The student who successfully completes the minor in dance will have acquired knowledge, understanding, and skills in the following:

Knowledge and understanding:

  • of dance as it is practiced in the twenty first century from the perspectives of performer, choreographer, observer;
  • across a range of dance technique and movement analysis in order to ensure that certain basic areas essential to dance knowledge are covered;
  • to ensure that students will be equipped with the necessary skills and abilities with which to develop their interests at a higher level;
  • of the interdisciplinary elements of dance and how to apply appropriate knowledge, concepts, and skills from a range of disciplinary bases;
  • of the complex artistic ideas which can be articulated as a choreographer, performer, and knowledgeable observer;
  • of current issues within the discipline of dance studies.

Ability to demonstrate skills:

  • as a dancer in a range of movement vocabularies and styles;
  • in communicating ideas about physical, written, and oral methods of presentation;
  • as effective collaborators in their interaction with peers;
  • in problem-­solving, risk, and initiative in the conception, creation, and performance of choreography;
  • in self-­reflective evaluation as a tool to improve personal performance;
  • in sensitive and appropriate critical skills in evaluation of others’ work;
  • in the ability to work autonomously, collaboratively, and responsibly.

The superior student may explore the possibility of a Student-Designed Major (SDM) which encourages interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study. 

Note: Students receive 2 hours for technique courses taken for the first time and 1 credit for subsequent enrollment in the same level technique course. Level determination occurs each semester with the dance faculty.


M. Foust