World Music and Dance

College of Creative Arts
Dean: Keith Morrison

World Music and Dance Program
CA 214
Director: Hafez Modirzadeh

Advisers: Hafez Modirzadeh, Music; Jerry Duke, Dance


Minor in World Music and Dance

Program Scope

The Minor in World Music and Dance provides educational resources for those students interested in global perspectives of music and dance for varying careers as well as for personal enrichment. The subject is interdisciplinary and, in addition to music and dance, includes artistic, historical, geographical, political, humanistic, cultural and social aspects organized under an overreaching core with allowance for focused, in-depth study. Students are introduced to a variety of relevant disciplines, including ethnomusicology and dance ethnology.

Skills in understanding culturally diverse expressions of music and dance increase the graduate's career opportunities in a variety of ways. This minor offers an educational base for many culture-based areas of study, including teaching, multimedia, theater and other arts, business and travel industries, health professions, bilingual and ethnic studies, social and cultural programming, and graduate study. Creative expression is a central focus of the minor.

This minor carries the following general objectives:

• To provide a foundation for knowledge and inquiry into many cultural aspects of music and dance practiced by the world's peoples.
• To develop critical awareness, appreciation of and participation in the processes of aural tradition, and cultural concepts in relation to the individual and society.
• To encourage creative thinking in the design of cross-cultural as well as cross-disciplinary projects.


The program consists of 24 units. Each student's course of study is individualized according to his/her particular goals within the minor. Every interested student should see a designated faculty adviser for information, selection, sequencing of courses, as well as for written approval of transfer equivalents and course substitutions. Contact the appropriate faculty member or department office for the faculty's office hours.

Online course descriptions are available.

Program Units
Core Courses (may be taken concurrently)
MUS 505 Music of the World's Peoples 3
DANC 203 Introduction to Dance Ethnology 2
MUS 501 Music, The Listener's Art 3
DANC 350 Dance Watching 3
MUS 387 Gamelan Ensemble (may be repeated as an elective) 1
Total for core 12
A minimum of 3 units in music and 3 units in dance must be chosen, with the additional 6 units in interdepartmental selections from other related colleges/departments, such as Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, Art, etc., selected on advisement
MUS 388 Jazz Combo (1)
MUS 430 Improvisation (1)
MUS 530 Music of the Middle East, Far East, and Sub-continental India
MUS 531 Music of the Pacific Basin
MUS 532 Music of Latin America
MUS 506 Survey of Jazz
MUS 511 The Roots of Rock
MUS 512 Rock Since the Mid-1960s
DANC 160 African-Haitian Dance I (1)
DANC 161 African-Haitian Dance II (1)
DANC 168 Folk Dance I (1)
DANC 169 Folk Dance II (1)
DANC 207 Dance in Cultural Context (2)
DANC 234 Social and Ballroom Dances of the U.S. (2)
DANC 236 Folklore of Dance-African Haitian (2)
DANC 415 Dance in Religion
DANC 617 Black Dance Experience
DANC 657 Dance Ethnology
Total for minor 24

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