Minors in Communication Arts and Sciences

Because communication skills are critical to just about every area of human endeavor, Elmhurst offers minors in communication studies, dance, organizational communication, theatre and theatre arts education. Neither COM 492 nor COM 468 can be counted toward a minor. The department chair must approve any exceptions.

Minor in Communication Studies

A minor in communication studies consists of any four courses from the communication studies major.

Minor in Dance

A minor in dance requires the successful completion of 4.5 course credits in the dance curriculum including:

  • THE 221 Dance Appreciation
  • THE 421 Choreography of Dance

Five half-course technique classes, with at least two at the 400 level from the following:

  • THE 302 Ballet
  • THE 303 Jazz Dance
  • THE 304 Tap Dance
  • THE 305 Social Dance and Period Styles
  • THE 306 Modern Dance
  • THE 402 Advanced Ballet
  • THE 403 Advanced Jazz
  • THE 404 Advanced Tap
  • THE 405 Advanced Social Dance and Period Styles
  • THE 406 Advanced Modern Dance
  • AMT 101-402 Applied Theatre: Musical Theatre or THE 352 Special Topics (in dance) or THE 208 Middle Eastern Dance

Minor in Dance Education

Students pursuing the minor in dance education must take all of the following core courses:

  • THE 221 Dance Appreciation
  • THE 352 Special Topics in Theatre: Dance Ensemble (.50 credit)
  • THE 410 Teaching of Dance
  • THE 421 Choreography of Dance

Five of the following technique courses, at least two of which are at the 400 level:

  • THE 302 Ballet (.50 credit)
  • THE 303 Jazz Dance (.50 credit)
  • THE 304 Tap Dance (.50 credit)
  • THE 305 Social Dance and Period Styles (.50 credit)
  • THE 306 Modern Dance Techniques (.50 credit)
  • THE 402 Advanced Ballet (.50 credit)
  • THE 403 Advanced Jazz (.50 credit)
  • THE 404 Advanced Tap (.50 credit)
  • THE 406 Advanced Modern Dance Technique (.50 credit)

Minor in Organizational Communication

A minor in organizational communication consists of the following courses:

  • COM 316 Communication Theory
  • COM 319 Business and Professional Communication
  • COM 320 Organizational Communication
    One elective from the organizational communication core curriculum

Minor in Theatre

A minor in theatre consists of two terms of either Theatre Practicum or Musical Theatre Practicum, for credit or non-credit, in addition to any four courses from the theatre major.

Minor in Theatre Arts Education

This minor is designed to prepare teacher education candidates for licensure endorsement in theatre as a supplement to their primary area of teacher preparation and licensure. The minor prepares students by offering a diverse range of theatre performance technique, history, literature and investigations into staging and pedagogy. The flexibility within the minor also permits students to focus their preparation on specific areas of theatre study suitable for a variety of positions within curricular and extracurricular programs in middle or secondary schools.

Students pursuing the minor in theatre arts education must take all of the following courses:

  • THE 226 Acting Technique I
  • THE 227 Development of the Theatre
  • THE 228 Stagecraft

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