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Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance

Minor in Dance

Students on Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Spring 2024 requirements DANCEMIN

The Minor in Dance combines academic study and dance practice, incorporating courses in dance theory and contemporary dance practice, as well as supporting forms. For the latter, students may choose from a variety of dance styles.


The minor requires at least 18 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Required Core.
    1. Core of Dance Techniques. One (1) course:
      • THTR-D 109 Core of Dance Technique
    2. Introduction to Dance Studies. One (1) course:
      • THTR-D 231 Introduction to Dance Studies
  2. Social and Historical Dance and Theatre Studies. One (1) course:
    • THTR-D 332 Twentieth-Century Concert Dance
    • THTR-T 370 History of Theatre and Drama I
    • THTR-T 371 History of Theatre and Drama II
    • AAAD-A 295 Survey of Hip Hop
    • AAAD-A 320 Black Dance History
    • ANTH-A 208 Topics in the Anthropology of the Arts and Expressive Behavior
    • ANTH-E 203 Stigma and the Expressive Arts: Cultivating Compassion
    • ANTH-E 463 Anthropology of Dance
    • CMLT-C 147 Images of the Self: East and West
    • FOLK-E 295 Survey of Hip Hop
  3. Dance Practices.
    1. 300–499 Level Dance Practices Course. One (1) course:
      • THTR-D 341 Cultural Choreographies
      • THTR-D 354 Advanced Tap Dance
      • THTR-D 355 Advanced Modern Dance
      • THTR-D 456 Advanced Jazz Dance
      • THTR-D 461 Methods of Movement Analysis
      • THTR-D 483 Topics in Dance
      • THTR-D 484 Professional Body Work Certification
      • THTR-T 301 Musical Theatre Dance Styles I
      • THTR-T 302 Musical Theatre Dance Styles II
      • THTR-T 410 Movement for the Theatre I
      • THTR-X 476 Practicum in Community Dance Partnerships
      • AAAD-A 338 African American Dance Company: Advanced Studies and Practices
    2. Dance Practices Electives. Two (2) courses:
      • Additional courses from the 300-499 Level Dance Practices Course list.
      • Additional courses from the Social and Historical Dance and Theatre Studies list
      • THTR-D 154 Beginning Tap Dance
      • THTR-D 155 Beginning Modern Dance
      • THTR-D 156 Introduction to Jazz Dance Technique
      • THTR-D 254 Intermediate Tap Dance
      • THTR-D 255 Intermediate Modern Dance
      • THTR-D 256 Intermediate Jazz Dance
      • AAAD-A 100 African American Dance Company: Foundations and Practices
      • AAAD-A 221 Dance in the African Diaspora
  4. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Minor Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    3. Minor Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Minor Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100–499 level with the THTR-D subject area prefix—as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (DANCEBFA)

Exceptions to and substitutions for minor requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.