Students may minor in dance or theater. Although no major is offered in the Department of Theater and Dance, students with special interest may, with faculty advice, self-design a major in conjunction with another academic discipline. More information on student-designed majors may be found in the Curriculum section.
The department participates in an interdisciplinary major in English and theater. See the section on Interdisciplinary Majors.
The dance curriculum provides a coherent course of study through classes in dance technique and repertory, choreography, and dance history, theory, and criticism. The department emphasizes dance’s relation to the performing and fine arts and its fundamental connection to the broad liberal arts curriculum. The program’s goal is dance literacy and the development of skills important to original work in all fields: keen perception, imaginative problem solving, discipline, and respect for craft.
The department offers technique and repertory classes in ballet and modern dance, the latter term designating a wide spectrum of styles that focus on an inventive, unrestricted approach to movement. Modern and ballet technique and repertory courses (111, 211, 221, 311; and 112, 212, 222, 312) earn one-half credit each semester. Each course may be repeated a maximum of four times for credit. Students may enroll in a technique course (111, 211, 221, 311) and a repertory course (112, 212, 222, 312) in the same semester for one full academic course credit. Dance 121, Ballet I is a one-credit technique course with a repertory component. Attendance at all classes is required. Grading is Credit/D/Fail.
Requirements for the Minor in Dance
The minor consists of five course credits: Dance 101; Dance 111/112, 121, 211/212, 221/222, or 311/312; Dance 102, 130 (same as Theater 130), 140, or 145 (same as Theater 145); and two additional courses at the 200 level or higher.
Students must earn a grade of CR (Credit) or C- or better in order to have a course count toward the minor in dance.
Requirements for the Minor in Theater
The minor consists of five courses: two courses from Theater 101, 104 (same as Dance 104), 120, 130 (same as Dance 130), 145 (same as Dance 145), 150 (same as Dance 150); two courses from Theater 201, 220, 225, 240 (same as Dance 240), 250 (same as Dance 250), 260 (same as English 214), 270, 305, 320, 321, 322, 323, 340 (same as Dance 340), 370; and one additional course in theater or dance.
Students must earn a grade of CR (Credit) or C- or better in order to have a course count toward the minor in theater.