Academic Catalog 2017–2018

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Minor in Performing Arts


The Minor in Performing Arts allows students from any major to develop basic skills in performing arts — acting, dance, and music— and enhance their creative and critical skills. The minor enables students to be explore their creativity through a learning approach that emphasizes artistic excellence, interdisciplinary learning, socially engaged performance, and the spirit of collaboration.

Program Objectives

After graduation, students are expected to:

  1. cultivate artistic discipline along with creative and basic performing arts skills, and
  2. develop the creative process of the ever-changing contemporary arts landscape.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. exhibit basic aesthetic awareness related to performing arts production,
  2. develop critical thinking in relation to the performing arts and express it in writing,
  3. demonstrate familiarity with key concepts and historical contexts related to the performing arts field, and
  4. demonstrate the ability to work on productions in different media either individually or as part of a creative team.


A total of 18 credits are required, distributed as follows:

  • Required Core Courses (9 credits)
  • Elective Courses (9 credits)

Required Core Courses (9 credits)

  • PFA210 Western Music Appreciation (3 cr.)
  • PFA221 Theories of Body in Performance (3 cr.)
  • PFA241 Introduction to Acting (3 cr.)

Elective Courses (9 credits)

  • EDU330 Management of Learning Environment (3 cr.)
  • PFA222 Art of Dance (3 cr.)
  • PFA242 Art of Theater (3 cr.)
  • PFA244 Stage Production & Design (3 cr.)
  • PFA342 Principles of Performing Arts Productions (3 cr.)
  • PFA311 Ear Training, Sight Singing & Music Theory (3 cr.)
  • PFA315 Music/Vocal Ensemble (3 cr.)
  • PFA316 Dance Repertory Performance (3 cr.)
  • PFA317 Recording & Sound Reinforcement Techniques (3 cr.)
  • PFA321 Dance Improvisation (3 cr.)
  • PFA421 Dance Composition (3 cr.)
  • PFA488 Topics in Performing Arts (3 cr.)