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Minor Program

The Dance Minor is open to all undergraduate majors!

There is no audition required to be a Dance Minor. To declare the minor or receive more information, contact the Dance Minor Advisor.

The Dance Minor is organized to merge course work in three core areas. Students declaring the minor meet with the Dance Minor Advisor to plan courses in Theoretical Inquiry (can overlap with General Education requirements), Creative Process, and Movement Practice. The goal of this meeting is to understand the student's background in dance and interest in their particular major and career goals. Through this integrated approach to studying the art of dance, the student completing the minor will emerge with a broad perspective of the field.

The Dance Minor consists of a minimum of 16 units of dance course work. Students select two to three courses in each core area. See the Dance Minor Checklist below for specific courses of study.

 

All courses typically offered Autumn and Spring semesters (rare in summers) 

All Movement Courses are repeatable 

 

CORE 1: Theoretical Inquiry (6 credits) 
Take any two courses 

  • 2367 or 2367H* Writing about Dance (overlap with GE) - 3 Credits
    • GE Legacy: 2nd level Writing  
    • GE New Foundation: Writing & Information Literacy 
    • *Prereq: Honors standing or permission if honor-eligible with 3.4 cum GPA  
  • 2401 Western Concert Dance: Renaissance to Present (overlap with GE)  - 3 Credits
    • GE Legacy Visual Performing Arts 
    • GE New Foundation: Literary, Visual & Performing Arts   
  • 2500 Introduction to AntiRacism in the Performing Arts (overlap with GE) - 3 Credits 
    • GE New Foundation: Race, Gender, Ethnic Diversity or Literary, Visual, & Performing Arts GE 
  •  3401 Dance in Popular Culture (asynchronous online, overlap with GE) - 3 Credits
    • GE Legacy Cultures and Ideas & Social Diversity in the US 
    • GE New Foundation: Historical and Cultural Studies 
  • 3402 Dance in Global Contexts (overlap with GE) - 3 Credits 
    • GE Legacy Cultures and Ideas & Global Studies 
    • GE New Foundation: Historical and Cultural Studies 
  • 3490 or 4490 History/ Theory/ Literature: Special Topics *   - 3 Credits
  • 3501 Education*  3 3801 Kinesiology *  - 3 Credits 
  • ^ 4590 Education: Special Topics    
  • ^ 4990 Research: Special Topics    
  • ^ 4194 or 5194 Group Studies   
  • 5500 Anti-Racism in the Performing Arts  - 3 Credits 

 

CORE 2: Creative Process (4-5 credits) 
2121 or 2201 required plus  at least one or two other courses 

  • 2121 Improvisation (Offered in Spring, sometimes Autumn) - 2 Credits 
  • 2201 Composition (Offered in Autumn, sometimes Spring) - 2 Credits
  • 2301 Analysis for Minors (Offered in Spring, asynchronous online) - 2 Credits
  • 5121 Improvisation* - 1 Credit
    • Repeatable; Advanced, need to have completed equivalent of 2121 and 2103 or 5105/6
  • 5191 Eurhythmics (Offered in Autumn) - 1 Credit
  • 5211 Dance Film I - 3 Credits
  • 5602 Lighting (Offered in Spring, 7 weeks) - 1 Credit
  • 5614 Sound Design for Dance (Offered in Autumn, 7 weeks) - 1 Credit
  • 5615 Costume Design for Dance* (7 weeks) - 1 Credit
    • pre-requisite is strong sewing skills 
  • XXXX Performance*
    • in BFA/MFA student works for concerts

 

CORE 3: Movement Practice (2-6 credits) 
Take at least two courses (repeatable) 

  • 2102  Contemporary II - 2 Credits
  • 2103  Contemporary III - 2 Credits
  • 2112  Ballet II - 2 Credits
  • 2113  Ballet III - 2 Credits
  • 2142  Jazz II - 2 Credits
  • 2143  Jazz III - 2 Credits
  • 2152  Hip Hop II - 2 Credits
  • ^ 2162  Tap II - 2 Credits
  • ^ 2181  Social Dance - 2 Credits
  • ^ 2190 or 5190 Movement Practice: Special Topics - 2 Credits
  • ^ 5171 Pilates Matwork I - 2 Credits
  • 5173 Pilates Reformer I * - 2 Credits
  • 5175 Yoga (practice only) - 2 Credits
  • ^ 5176 Bartenieff Fundamentals - 2 Credits
  • ^ 5177 Alexander Technique - 2 Credits
  • ^ 5178 Floorwork - 2 Credits
  • 5105/ 5106 Contemporary Practice * - 1 Credit
  • 5115/ 5116 Ballet  Practice * - 1 Credit

 

* = permission required. Please email schmidt.442@osu.edu.  

^ = special course offering (not regular) 

Bold = course also open to Dance BFA students   

NOTE: 6 credit hours of courses numbered 3000 or higher are required in all university minors.

Find the most current course listing in BuckeyeLink.

Application Procedures

To assist with scheduling and course planning, students declare the minor by making an appointment with the Dance Minor Advisor. In this 20-30 minute meeting, courses are selected from the Dance Minor Advising Sheet, the student completes the Dance Minor Profile Sheet, and the Dance Minor Advisor shares resources specific to Dance Minors.

Students are obliged to maintain an updated checklist of required and elective courses toward the minor, and file the Minor Program Form with their respective college/school offices according to graduation criteria with the assistance of the Dance Minor Advisor. 

For more info, contact the Dance Minor Advisor.