Admission Advice: Pursuing a minor at USC Kaufman

December 6, 2017

Students from a variety of majors take class at USC Kaufman | Photo by Heather Toner

Students from a variety of majors take class at USC Kaufman | Photo by Heather Toner

For students majoring in dance or another subject area at USC, the university’s robust selection of minors offers the opportunity to combine studies in dance with a wide array of academic interests.

Minors of our BFA students

I’ve written a lot about how being a conservatory embedded within a D1 research university affords our students with incredible opportunities. One of them is the option to minor outside of dance.

In the early development of the curriculum, we knew that having the freedom to explore other academic interests was going to be a priority for many of our students. It took a lot of shifting around, but we found the space for our students to explore those passions.

More specifically, our 132-unit program has 16 free elective units. (In reality, your tuition pays for 28 free elective units—so there’s a lot you can do.) You can pursue most of USC’s 150 minors and still graduate in four years. You can also start on a second major and pre-professional emphasis—which will take more than four years to complete. You can also start a progressive degree program, whereby you start your graduate coursework as an undergraduate. Here are some of the options our students are currently pursuing:

Minors

  • Nonprofits, Philanthropy and Volunteerism (our most popular)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Business
  • Business Finance
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Computer Science
  • Natural Science
  • Nutrition and Health Promotion
  • Performance Science
  • Occupational Science
  • Cultural Anthropologie
  • Law, History and Culture
  • Culture, Media and Entertainment
  • Music Industry

Pre-professional emphases

  • Pre-Engineering
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine

Second majors

  • Business Administration
  • Non-Governmental Organizations and Social Change
  • Human Biology

Progressive Degree

  • Master’s in Public Administration

Of course, you don’t have to pursue a second formal program of study. I’d say that only about half of our students do. You can use those extra units to take more dance classes, to take classes that will build additional skills, and/or take classes just for fun. There are some really cool classes out there, after all!

The point is that our program supports your other interests. In fact, we hope that you will find a way to bring dance and those interests together to create something totally new.

Elective Students' Showing. Photo by Mary Mallaney

Non-dance majors perform in the Elective Experience | Photo by Mary Mallaney

Dance minors for students pursuing other majors

I often get asked if you can minor in dance, if you are not admitted to the major. My answer: Absolutely! We have a booming minor population across three programs:

  1. The Dance Minor provides a broad but deep foundation in dance. It includes a critical study of the history and culture of dance, while also weaving in courses in choreography, performance and dance technique.
  2. The Hip Hop, Street and Social Dance Forms Minor delves into the historical, social and aesthetic issues of dance in the contemporary settings. It explores the foundations and structures of hip hop, street and social dances addresses issues of art, race and politics within the parameters of dance as an art form, entertainment and personal expression.
  3. The Dance in Entertainment Minor explores dance in the commercial realm—from Hollywood to Broadway—primarily focused on performance, choreography and dance entrepreneurship.

Minor students are able to take technique classes in various levels from the same core faculty as our majors. Like our majors, they serve as ambassadors for dance and are considered a part of the USC Kaufman Family.


By Anne Aubert-Santelli