Requirements for a Minor in Dance

The minor in dance consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours. The first two years of the dance minor consist of two credits chosen from two dance or related activity courses. A student can meet this requirement with the same two activity courses required for graduation in the general requirements if the activity credits are in dance or a related activity course. The second two years of the dance minor consist of a minimum of nine credits from core courses (THE 315, 325, and 435), and four to six credits from an electives list.

Required dance core courses 9 hours

THE 315 History of Dance 3
THE 325 Choreography 3
THE 435 Dance Production 3

Elective dance, physical education/recreation, and theatre courses 4-6 hours

Choose two or three courses:
PER 202 Fundamental Movement 2
THE 101 Visual Gestural Communication 3
THE 110 Introduction to Theatre 3
THE 201 Fundamentals of Body Movement 3
THE 401 Introduction to Dance Therapy 3
THE 431 Sacred Dance 3
THE 450 Field Experience in Dance 2
THE 495 Special Topics 1-5

Required dance or related activity courses 2 hours

Choose two courses:
PER 224 * Physical Fitness Activities 1
THE 250 Dance and Fundamental Movement Activities 1
* PER 224 and THE 250 can be taken multiple times if the activities are different.


PER 202 - Fundamental Movement (2)

A theoretical and practical course designed to prepare students to teach and lead fundamental motor skills as the foundation of all physical activity with an emphasis on dance and gymnastics. Students will apply teaching methodologies through a non-traditional approach of linking motor skill progressions into dance and gymnastics routines to enhance success for diverse participants in a variety of educational, fitness, and recreational settings.

PER 224 - Physical Fitness Activities (1)

Activities offered focus on physical activity and/or fitness activities. Not more than six hours of credit in physical education activities may be counted toward the requirements for a bachelor's degree.

THE 101 - Visual Gestural Communication (3)

A study of gestures as a form of communication and as a basis for visual language. Concentration on the ability to think in pictures and to develop expressive and receptive communication skills in gestures. This course develops artistic sign language translation skills and leads to better understanding of the basic structures of American Sign Language.

THE 110 - Introduction to Theatre (3)

A survey of and introduction to the contemporary theatre; drama, dance, music, and film. This course is a basis for all drama courses and is required prior to declaring a major in theatre arts: production/performance. Lab hours required.

THE 201 - Fundamentals of Body Movement (3)

This introductory course familiarizes students with theories of body movement and trains students in the use of physical space, rhythm, and balance for the purpose of creating mood and character through body movement within a theatrical context.

THE 250 - Dance and Fundamental Movement Activities (1)

Activities offered include dance and fundamental movement. Not more than six hours of credit in dance activities may be counted toward the requirements for a bachelor's degree.

THE 315 - History of Dance (3)

The study of the history of dance from antiquity to the 21st century. Emphasis will be placed on the relationships and influences of dance on civilizations and cultures. Students are expected to participate in both dance activities as well as in lectures and discussions.

THE 325 - Choreography (3)

Choreography is an introduction to techniques of choreography. This course will introduce students to both the exploration of the choreographic process and the basic tools used in choreography. Through creative improvisational exercises, students explore the fundamentals of movement including time, space, and energy and basic choreographic structure and forms. Students will be required to choreograph a major dance piece to be auditioned in the spring dance production.

THE 401 - Introduction to Dance Therapy (3)

A course designed to provide the student with a theoretical and practical knowledge of dance therapy. Through this course, students will increase their awareness and understanding of the practical applications of using dance as a means of psychological, emotional, and cultural expression. Readings, discussions, and creative-based activities will be incorporated in the course to foster critical thinking skills.

THE 431 - Sacred Dance (3)

This course investigates the religious context in which variety of sacred dances occur throughout the world and explores the significant political, cultural, and historical events that shaped the dance rituals and their related religious traditions. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate the basic knowledge of liturgical dances; gain a cross-cultural understanding of common elements of liturgical dances; and have the opportunity to perform some liturgical dances. Through discussions, hands on experiences, and observations, students will finish the course having a better understanding of the role of dance within various major global religions and as sacred celebrations within different cultures.

THE 435 - Dance Production (3)

A course designed for students to develop and apply a working knowledge of the organizational skills necessary to plan and produce a dance concert including: lighting, costuming, programming, audio, stage management, choreographing, marketing, fundraising, audition and performance skills. Additionally, students will develop the ability to define and describe, through visual and written modalities, the various areas of production and how they relate to the performer, the choreographer, and the overall visual aesthetics of a performance.

THE 450 - Field Experience in Dance (2)

A practical field experience for senior dance minors. Students will have the opportunity to observe and participate in real-life work experiences in the dance company. These observations and experiences will have to be recorded in an on-going journal for a minimum of 40 hours of practical field work.

Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of the instructor.

THE 495 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for juniors. Students may enroll in 495 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.