Dance (Minor)

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Expand your understanding of dance and learn how dance intersects with a variety of disciplines and careers.

The minor program in dance provides an inclusive, dynamic and culturally diverse learning environment in which students develop their creativity as artists, scholars and educators. The innovative curriculum promotes creative collaboration and a holistic approach to acquiring skills for successful career transitions. Movement practices, performance and creativity practice define the core of the program. The rich educational experience is further enhanced by studies in:

  • criticism
  • dance cultures
  • dance history
  • digital media
  • movement science
  • music
  • pedagogy and leadership
  • philosophy
  • production
  • somatics

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Dance (Minor)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The minor in dance consists of 20 credit hours of coursework, including nine upper-division credit hours. A minimum grade of "C" (2.00) or higher is required in all classes for the minor.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 in minor courses is required to earn the minor in dance.
Choose one course -- 3 credit hours
Choose one from the following -- 3 credit hours
Choose four courses from the following -- 8 credit hours
Upper Division Dance Electives -- 6 credit hours
DCE Upper Division Elective (6)
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

The minor in dance consists of 18 semester hours of course work, including 12 upper-division semester hours.

A minimum grade of "C" (2.00) or higher is required in all courses that fulfill the dance minor.

Dance Minor Requirements:

Students choose one from the following courses, for a total of three credit hours:
DCE 100 Introduction to Dance, HU (3)
DCE 201 Dance, Culture and Global Contexts, HU (3)

Students choose one from the following courses, for a total of three credit hours:
DCE 240 Media for Dance, CS (3)
DCE 300 Moving Histories, HU (3)
DCE 301 Meaning in Motion, L or HU (3)
DCE 350 Dance in the Classroom: Learning Through Movement, HU (3)
DCE 394/494 Special Topics*
DCE 402 Ethnography of Dance Practices, L (3)

Students choose two from the following courses, for a total of four credit hours:
DCE 110 Argentine Tango I (2)
DCE 111 Raqs Sharqi I (2)
DCE 112 Capoeira I (2)
DCE 113 Dances of Africa I (2)
DCE 114 Dances of India I (2)
DCE 115 Yoga I (2)
DCE 116 T'ai Chi Ch'uan I (2)
DCE 117 Feldenkrais I (2)
DCE 118 Yoga/Pilates (2)
DCE 120 Modern Dance 1 (2)
DCE 121 Ballet I (2)
DCE 122 Jazz I (2)
DCE 123 Hip Hop I (2)
DCE 124 Latin/Swing/Ballroom I (2)
DCE 125 Latin/Salsa I (2)
DCE 126 Country-Western (2)
DCE 194/294 Special Topics*
DCE 210 Argentine Tango II (2)
DCE 211 Raqs Sharqi II (2)
DCE 216 T'ai Chi Ch'uan II (2)
DCE 220 Modern Dance II (2)
DCE 221 Ballet II (2)
DCE 222 Jazz II (2)
DCE 223 Hip Hop II (2)
DCE 224 Latin/Swing/Ballroom II (2)
DCE 225 Latin/Salsa II (2)
DCE 324 Latin/Swing/Ballroom III (2)

Students choose eight hours of dance electives (to complete 18 hours overall); must include 12 upper-division hours.

*Students should see an academic advisor for approved special topics courses.

Note: Students interested in enrolling in movement courses reserved for dance majors only must attend the course on the first day of class for placement and instructor permission. Dance major courses: DCE 133 Urban Movement Practices I (2), DCE 134 Postmodern Contemporary I (3), DCE 135 Contemporary Ballet I (2), DCE 136 Somatic Practices I (2).

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

Incompatible Majors: All dance majors

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

A minor can help students enhance the marketable skills they acquire in their major program and help them develop new skills apart from it, though most career areas do require more training than a minor alone can provide. A minor in dance can help students as they pursue careers in fields such as arts administration, teaching, acting and fitness.