May 23, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Dance (DANC) - Minor

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24 credits

2.0 GPA required.

Letter grade required in all minor courses unless otherwise noted.


The dance minor program offers students a nurturing community in which to train in multiple dance techniques; develop skills in performance and choreography; and hone self-awareness, collaborative tools, and sociocultural understanding through the creative process of dance. Dance courses, rehearsals, workshops and showings are housed in the 2,700 sq. foot Gretchen Cohenour Dance Studio, with sound and video equipment, black travelers, barres, mirrors, and smooth wood flooring; and in the DuFresne Performing Arts Center, including proscenium stage, black box theatre, costume shop, scene shop, and smaller dance studio. 

Dance minors have the opportunity to participate in creative research, critical dialogue, concert performances and informal showings, guest artist residencies, special workshops, field trips to local museums and dance performances, and travel to the annual American College Dance Association (ACDA) regional conference. Additionally, the minor provides students with opportunities to choreograph and direct; make interdisciplinary connections, gain backstage and technical experience, apply for scholarships, and participate in student clubs. WSU Dance minors integrate their studies into a variety of future careers, including physical therapy, education, marketing, design, psychology, nursing, film, arts administration, social work, athletic training, dance/movement therapy, and as professional dance artists.

Required Courses (16 credits)

THAD Showcase

Four enrollments with Passing (P) grade required. One enrollment must be in student’s final semester when they will assemble the required portfolio.

Portfolio Requirement

Upon declaring a dance minor, students should schedule a portfolio appointment with the Dance Program Director. Dance minors are required to document their development while at WSU by maintaining chronological digital video files of their work and other supporting written and visual materials, organized in portfolio form. The completed portfolio must be submitted for faculty review by April 1 in the year of graduation or by November 1 for mid-year graduates.

Electives (8 credits)


Physical Education and Sport Science


Each Dance Repertory class ( THAD 137 , THAD 237 , THAD 337 ) may be repeated twice for a total of 4 credits. THAD 222 - Dance Performance Ensemble  may be repeated four times. Dance technique courses may be used as electives if not taken to fulfill requirements in the required Technique category. THAD 437 - Advanced Choreography Lab  may be taken three times for a total of 6 credits.

Course(s) Unique to Minor

WSU policy requires a minor contain at least one course unique to the minor and not used in major or additional requirements. See Degree Audit for details.


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement

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