World Music and Dance  {SF State Bulletin 2011-2012}

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World Music and Dance

College of Arts and Humanities

Dean: Paul Sherwin


School of the Arts
Music and Dance

CA 140
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Acting Chair: Dee Spencer

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:

  • 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.


Minor in World Music and Dance

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.


Minor in World Music and Dance Core Courses

Course Title 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 units

Minor in World Music and Dance Electives

Course Title Units
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. 12
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 545/
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 units


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