Dance (Minor)

Degree Type
Area of Interest
Performing Arts
Degree Level
Conservatory for the Performing Arts

Make your love of dance part of your college degree at Viterbo University! Students can minor in dance, where dance and some music courses are offered in order to reach the credit requirement. Students with an artistic inclination, motivation for career advancement, and verification of a commitment to dance are all great candidates for pursuing a minor in dance at Viterbo University. The total credits required of the minor is 14. Transfer course and waivers and/or substitutions could modify these credit totals. A qualifying audition is offered for students who wish to test out of DANC 110 and/or other lower division dance courses, although the total credit requirement remains the same. 




The dance minor is not officially approved and declared until the end of a student’s first year. Those interested must submit answers to the below questions by the Wednesday after Spring Break. Conservatory faculty will consider the request based on information gathered from the questions and a possible follow-up interview. Decisions on acceptance will be communicated before the end of Spring semester.  Only then are students allowed to declare the minor and fill out the necessary form to be approved by faculty.

Not all students interested in pursuing the dance minor are guaranteed their acceptance into the minor. However, most dance classes are available to all eligible students regardless of the minor, with the exception of DANC 360 – Dance Composition and DANC 490 – Dance Repertory, which are restricted. Non-dance minors are encouraged to audition for and join the Dance Repertory show as dancers and designers.     

Please answer each of the following questions in 100 words or less.

  1. What is your dance background prior to Viterbo University?
  2. How has your experience in dance classes at Viterbo in your first year helped shape your desire to declare a dance minor? 
  3. What are your goals in obtaining the dance minor?
  4. Have you choreographed in the past?
  5. Do you have a desire to choreograph in the future?
  6. Do you envision yourself as a director, choreographer, stage manager, and/or dance captain in your future career endeavors?

Application answers and any other questions about the dance minor can be emailed to Shane Rhoades ( for follow-up.

    DANC 100, 220, 360, one credit of 490, seven courses from DANC 110, 214, 230, 250, 270, 314, 320, 330, 350, 370, 414, 430, MUSC 284, 336. Eight credits must be unique to the minor.