Dance (Minor)

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Expand your understanding of dance and learn how dance intersects with a variety of disciplines and careers.

The minor program in dance provides an inclusive, dynamic and culturally diverse learning environment in which students develop their creativity as artists, scholars and educators. The innovative curriculum promotes creative collaboration and a holistic approach to acquiring skills for successful career transitions. Movement practices, performance and creativity practice define the core of the program. The rich educational experience is further enhanced by studies in:

  • criticism
  • dance cultures
  • dance history
  • digital media
  • movement science
  • music
  • pedagogy and leadership
  • philosophy
  • production
  • somatics

At A Glance

Dance (Minor)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The minor in dance consists of 20 credit hours of coursework, including nine upper-division credit hours. A minimum grade of "C" (2.00) or higher is required in all classes for the minor.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 in minor courses is required to earn the minor in dance.
Choose one course -- 3 credit hours
Choose one from the following -- 3 credit hours
Choose four courses from the following -- 8 credit hours
Upper Division Dance Electives -- 6 credit hours
DCE Upper Division Elective (6)
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

Incompatible Majors: All dance majors

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

A minor can help students enhance the marketable skills they acquire in their major program and help them develop new skills apart from it, though most career areas do require more training than a minor alone can provide. A minor in dance can help students as they pursue careers in fields such as arts administration, teaching, acting and fitness.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Actors 11.6%*
Adapted Physical Education Specialists 9.8%$54,800
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Choreographers2.8%$48,420
Dancers4.6%*
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 10.1%$39,210
Occupational Therapists 23.8%$83,200
Occupational Therapy Assistants 28.9%$59,310
Recreational Therapists6.5%$47,680

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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