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Minor in Dance

Why choose a Dance Minor?

Dance can be a complementary study for the individual who envisions an ongoing practice as a teacher, performer, or choreographer. Within the minor, a dancer can continue to maintain a high level of technical expertise while also broadening their encounter with dance composition, theory, and history.  Balancing cognitive and creative challenges throughout college and beyond sustains the passion and persistence central to lifelong learning.

What can I do with a Dance Minor?

Dancers work in a variety of settings as performers, choreographers and teachers.  Combining a dance minor with a major in anthropology, biology, business, communications, cultural studies, education, exercise science, neuroscience, psychology, or sociology can support creative interdisciplinary approaches to traditional careers.  It also provides a solid practical foundation for anyone aspiring to work in a therapeutic setting such as physical therapy, dance therapy, counseling, or occupational therapy. 

What types of classes will I take?

A wide variety of dance styles, such as ballet, modern, jazz and tap, as well as courses in choreography, kinesiology, history and appreciation of western dance. Elective coursework provides flexibility to adapt to the dancer’s personal interests.

Requirements for Admission and Restrictions:

  • Open to matriculated undergraduate students from all Syracuse University schools and colleges, with the permission of their home college.
  • Requires a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8.
  • A minimum of 4 semesters available to complete requirements. Any student wishing to apply for the Dance Minor after the Spring semester of her/his sophomore year, must have one or more courses completed, or in progress.
  • Some background knowledge and experience in dance is seen as beneficial for prospective dance minor applicants, but not required.

To Declare a Dance Minor

  1. There are two deadline dates for submitting Dance Minor Forms: November 1 and April 1 of each academic year.
  2. Check with your home school or college office, to make sure you have room in your program for the required number of dance courses. Also reconfirm that you have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8.
  3. Pick up a Minor Declaration Form from your home college, fill it out, and bring to 201 Women's Building before the deadline.
  4. If you are approved, you will be notified by email, and asked to retrieve the form.
  5. Take the signed form to your home school or college office. They will approve the declaration, and give you instructions about how to get the minor officially posted to your SU record.

Program Contact

Suzanne Oliver
skoliver@syr.edu
315-443-2908