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Dance Minor

The Dance Minor provides a broad and deep approach to dance that encompasses history, culture and performance among other dimensions of this art form. Students are offered a wide variety of interdiciplinary classes from which to choose and explore with the help of our world-class faculty. 

The Dance Minor is comprised of 8 courses: 3 lower division and 5 upper division. There are no prerequisites for declaring the minor, though individual courses may have prerequisites for enrollment, and a major must be officially declared before a minor is declared. To declare the minor, first have an Academic Planning form and Petition for Minor Declaration form completed by your major adviser (tell them that you plan to declare a minor). While your major plan is current, bring it to the Theater Arts Adviser to add a plan for and declare the minor—please use Slug Success to make an appointment. 

All Dance Minor students must complete the following requirements:


1 required in Creative Practice​ (5 units)

THEA 30 Introduction to Dance Theory and Technique, or 
THEA 36 Introduction to Dance Making

1 required in Cross-Cultural Techniques (5 units)

THEA 22 Indonesian Dance, or 
THEA 31A Dance Studio I: Asian or Asian Diasporic Practice, or
THEA 31B Dance Studio I: Ballet, or
THEA 31C Dance Studio I: Contemporary Forms and Practices
THEA 37 African Dance, or
THEA 80R Bollywood Dance & Culture in India & the Indian Diaspora, or 
THEA 80U Everybody Dance Now! (lecture course), or
THEA 80Z Indian Dance     

1 required in Production (2 units)

THEA 50 Fundamentals of Theater Production


1 required in Creative Practice or Cross-Cultural Techniques (5 units)

THEA 131A Dance Studio II: Asian or Asian Diasporic Practice, or
THEA 131B Dance Studio II: Ballet, or
THEA 131C Dance Studio II: Advanced Contemporary Forms and Practices, or
THEA 135 Choreography I, or
THEA 136 Choreography II

1 required in Critical Studies (5 units)

THEA 164 Issues in Dance History and Theory, or 
THEA 165 Dance Modernism, or
THEA 166 Ballet: A History, or 
THEA 167 Africanist Aesthetics: Live Dialogues in the Americas and Africa 

3 required in Electives (15 units) chosen in consultation with a Theater Arts adviser, including but not restricted to the following courses*

ANTH 164 The Anthropology of Dance
CMPS 161 Visualization and Computer Animation
ECON 137 Performing Arts in the Public & Private Economy
EDUC 120 The Arts in Schools: Aesthetic Ed. Theory/Practice
FMST 133 Science and the Body
HAVC 170 Art of the Body in Oceania
PHIL 152 Aesthetics
PORTER 180 Writing Across the Arts
PSYC 120 Visual and Spatial Cognition
PSYC 137 Mind, Body, and World
SOCY 152 Body and Society
THEA 100A Asian Theater/Dance and Global Impacts
THEA 100C Courts, Courtesans, Shamans, and Clowns: Asian Drama
THEA 122 Indian Performance: Rama, Siva, Krishna
THEA 124 Movement for Performers
THEA 137 or 137A Studies in Performance, Dance (may be taken twice)
THEA 139 Random With a Purpose 
           (Students choreographing for RWAP enroll in both THEA 139 
            and the 2-unit THEA 128) 

THEA 151I Studies in Performance: Indonesian Dance and Drama
THEA 161D Asian Theater: An Anthropological Approach
Any upper division course listed above in the Creative Practice/Cross-Cultural Techniques or Critical Studies sections may be used as an elective (but not double counted).

* NOTE–we cannot coordinate scheduling with other departments and do not know when courses in other departments will be offered; students will need to research non-THEA course offerings on their own.


—Independent Studies (THEA 198 / 199) do NOT satisfy dance minor requirements. 
—Lower division courses may be double counted for (used toward) both the Theater Arts major and Dance minor,
    but separate upper-division courses must be taken to satisfy the major and minor requirements.     
—Discontinued courses previously on this list have been removed but still count toward the minor (check with the Theater Arts adviser).  

Students are strongly encouraged to consult early with the department adviser to create an academic plan for a minor in Theater Arts. This may be done prior to declaration. For further information about minor requirements, declaration, or about the Theater Arts Department in general, please contact the Theater Arts Department office at, or by calling (831) 429-2974.