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Dance Minor

A 16 credit hour dance minor that is designed for students who wish to delve deeper into dance studies in an intellectual, creative, and practical capacity to propel them forward in career, service, and artistry. The student has the opportunity to select the specific courses which best fulfill his/her needs while maintaining an overall balance. A student in the dance minor may be preparing for graduate study or for work as a performer, choreographer, educator, or dance therapist. The dance minor also enhances students’ studies as they prepare for careers and service as arts entrepreneurs or administrators, physical therapists, physicians, or in disciplines such as Africana studies, design, film, and engineering.

Minor Coordinator

Program Requirements

  • The dance minor requires the completion of 16 credit hours.
  • Students must attain a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • Students may not take minor coursework on a credit only (pass/fail) or S/U basis.
  • The program coordinator will certify the minor prior to graduation.
  • A minimum of 12 of the 16 required credit hours must be completed at NC State.
  • Students must obtain a grade of “C-” or better in each of the required and elective courses.
Required Courses
Select two of the following:
HESM 322Dance and Society
HESM 324Concert Dance History
HESM 326Current Trends in Dance
HESM 320Movement Improvisation1
Select two of the following:
DAN 272Dance Composition – Solo Forms
HESM 328Dance Composition – Group Forms
HESM 330Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals
HESM 332Dance and Technology
Choose 2 courses in practice/performance:
HESD 227African Dance I
HESD 230Horton Dance Technique
HESD 234Country Dance
HESD 240Social Dance
HESD 263Tap Dance
HESD 264Ballet I
HESD 273Jazz Dance I
HESD 274Modern Dance I
DAN 210Dance Performance in a Global Context
DAN 260Hip-hop Dance
DAN 295Modern Dance Performance and Practice
Choose 2 technique courses:
HESD 228African Dance II
HESD 241Social Dance II
DAN 261Hip-hop Dance II
HESD 265Ballet II
HESD 275Modern Dance II
HESD 280Jazz Dance II
Capstone Course1
HESM 304Dance Practicum
Total Hours: 16

Admission Process

  1. Read over all information regarding the minor program.
  2. Contact the minor program coordinator (
  3. Declare the minor through CODA in MyPack portal.
  4. Begin taking the required and/or elective courses in the minor program (HESM 304 excluded).
  5. Meet with the minor coordinator prior to enrolling in the minor practicum.

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