World Music and Dance

College of Creative Arts
Interim Dean: Kurt Daw

School of Music and Dance
CA 140
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Director: Jassen Todorov

World Music and Dance Coordinator: Hafez Modirzadeh

Advisers: Hafez Modirzadeh, Music; Susan Whipp, 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:


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 the School of Music and Dance office for the faculty's office hours.

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Program Units
Core Courses (may be taken concurrently)
DANC 350 Dance Aesthetics: Cultural/Historical Perspectives 3
DANC 657 Ethnology of Dance 3
MUS 505 Music of the World's Peoples 3
MUS 542 Seminar in Ethnomusicology 3
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.
DANC 160 African-Haitian Dance (1)  
DANC 168 Folk Dance (1)
DANC 207 Dance in Cultural Context (1)
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/MUS 545 Traditional Kulintang Music and Dance of the Southern Philippines
MUS 388 Jazz Combo (1)
MUS 501 Music the Listener's Art (1)
MUS 506 Survey of Jazz
MUS 511 The Roots of Rock
MUS 512 Rock Since the Mid-1960s
MUS 530 Musics of the Middle East, and India
MUS 531 Musics of North and Southeast Asia
MUS 532 Musics of Central and South America
Total for minor 24

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