Dance (Minor)

Minor: Dance
Program Code: M220

About This Minor. . .

The Department of Theatre offers one of the most successful theatre training degree programs in Colorado. Students majoring in Theatre Arts can choose from four distinct concentrations (Acting/Directing, Design/Technical, Music Theatre and Dance) and acquire a sound understanding of the performing arts in our newly built, state-of-the-art facilities.  Dance, the newest concentration in the Theatre department, is thriving with an array of dance styles, performance opportunities and travel. Modern, jazz, ballet and tap are offered from beginning to professional levels. Other courses include composition, improvisation, pedagogy, history, music analysis, healthy dancer and repertory performance.

The faculty members have professional backgrounds in all forms of dance and musical theatre. With four dance concerts a year, the University provides students with a chance to choreograph original works and to dance for and with visiting guest artists from the professional dance world. Students travel throughout the United States to share the art of dance with other universities and colleges. Dance at CMU features courses with an emphasis on positive reinforcement from challenging professors and a strong technical foundation.  It is a place where dancers can establish lifelong relationships as they strive for excellence in the art of dance.

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Institutional Minor Requirements

The following institutional requirements apply to all CMU minors. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • A minor consists of 15-24 semester hours. There may be prerequisites required for the minor which will increase the total number of credit hours for a student who has not already taken those prerequisites.
  • Courses taken to satisfy Essential Learning, major requirements, or electives can be counted toward the minor if applicable.
  • At least 33 percent of the credit hours required for the minor must be in courses numbered 300 or above.
  • At least 25 percent of the classes must be taken at CMU.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher for the courses used for the minor.
  • A minor is not a degree by itself and must be earned at the same time as a baccalaureate degree.
  • A minor must be outside the major field of study.
  • A student may earn up to five minors with any baccalaureate degree at CMU.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements sheet you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Program Specific Minor Requirements

(20 semester hours)

Required Courses
DANC 225The Healthy Dancer3
DANC 250Dance Improvisation2
DANC 315History and Philosophy of Dance I3
Select 8 semester hours of Technique Courses from the following:8
Ballet IIA
Ballet IIB
Ballet IIIA
Ballet IIIB
Ballet IVA
Ballet IVB
Jazz IIA
Jazz IIB
Jazz IVA
Jazz IVB
Tap I
Modern I
Modern IIA
Modern IIB
Modern IIIA
Modern IIIB
Modern IVA
Modern IVB
Select 2 semester hours of Performance Courses from the following:2
Dance Performance
Dance Performance
Dance Performance
Dance Performance
Choreography Practicum I
Choreography Practicum II
Choreography Practicum III
Select 2 semester hours of DANC Electives. DANC courses may be repeated once for credit.2
Total Semester Credit Hours20

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a minor. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and developing a suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended minor.

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a minor. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head for the minor. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

A minor cannot be awarded by itself.  It must be combined with a baccalaureate degree outside the major field of study. Students should follow the graduation process outlined for the baccalaureate degree and list their majors and minors on the “Intent to Graduate” form.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.