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Course Catalog

Interdisciplinary Arts

Program Director: Suzanne Ostersmith

The program offers one minor:

Minor in Interdisciplinary Arts

The study of interdisciplinary arts expands a student's problem solving, critical reflection and innovative thinking through combining the strengths of theatre, dance, visual arts, and music. The Interdisciplinary Arts minor gives students a solid foundation and knowledge in these art forms and integrates the arts in a new and exciting way. This minor also allows students, such as those in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) majors, to integrate valuable arts experience into their skill set, increasing their creative capacity and expressiveness.

This unique minor offers arts-based research skills, focusing less on product and more on the creative process. A student will complete the minor being able to think creatively, innovatively and be confident in their ability to tackle any problem from a number of angles.

Students who wish to focus their studies in either Theatre or Dance should visit the Theatre and Dance Department page for more information on the Theatre Arts major/minor and the Dance major/minor. 

Minor in Interdisciplinary Arts: 20-25 credits

Required Courses:
DANC 165 Interdisciplinary Arts 3 credits
DANC 285 Interdiscipl. Arts E-portfolio (recommended fall sophomore and junior year) 0 credits
One of the following options: 2-3 credits
        DANC 455 Dance Senior Seminar   
THEA 498 Senior Project
VART 499 Senior Thesis (Art majors only, spring of senior year)
Three lower division courses: 8-10 credits
one each in Theatre, Dance,  and Visual Arts.
THEA 100 Introduction to Theatre 3 credits
THEA 111 Acting 4 credits
THEA 132 Stagecraft 3 credits
THEA 134 Costume 3 credits
  THEA 237 Costume and Fashion Design
3 credits
3-4 credits
  THEA 120 Voice and Movement 3 credits
DANC 115 Ballet I 2 credits
DANC 105 Jazz Dance I 2 credits
DANC 110 Contemporary/Modern Dance I 2 credits
  DANC 205 Jazz Dance II 2-3 credits
  DANC 210 Contemporary/Modern Dance II 2-3 credits
DANC 215 Ballet II 2-3 credits
2-3 credits
Visual Arts
  VART 101 Drawing I 3 credits
VART 112 Design Fundamentals 3 credits
VART 141 Ceramics I 3 credits
VART 190 Art Survey: Prehistoric to Medieval 3 credits
VART 191 Art Survey: Renaissance to Modern 3 credits
3 credits
*requires prior approval of Interdisciplinary Arts Program Director
 Choose one of the following options:

MUSC 161 Music Theory I

3 credits
a combination of 2 credits each in applied lessons and large ensembles:

MUSC 131 Applied Lessons

2 credits


MUSC XXX Large Ensembles

2 credits
3-4 credits
One upper division course in Theatre, Dance, or Visual Arts: 3-4 credits

THEA 216 Acting II 4 credits
THEA 239 Lighting Design 3 credits
THEA 253 Directing I 3 credits
THEA 332 Scenic Design 4 credits
DANC 315 / DANC 415 Ballet III 3 credits
DANC 205 / DANC 405 Jazz Dance III 3 credits
DANC 300 Musical Theatre Dance 3 credits
  DANC 310 / DANC 410 Modern Dance III 3 credits
DANC 465 Choreography 3 credits
Visual Arts
VART 201 Drawing II 3 credits
VART 221 Painting I 3 credits
VART 241 Ceramics II 3 credits
VART 350 Beginning Printmaking 3 credits
VART 351 Beginning Screen Printing 3 credits
One of the following history courses: 1 credit
   THEA 200 Theatre History 3 credits
DANC 270 Dance History 3 credits
VART 394 Special Topics in Art History 3 credits
VART 395 Art in the 19th Century 3 credits
VART 396 Art in the 20th Century 3 credits
MUSC 171 Music in the Humanities 3 credits
MUSC 175 Jazz History 3 credits
MUSC 249 World Music 3 credits
  MUSC 250 Music in America 3 credits
Production experience in Theatre or Dance: 1 credit
One of the following courses:
  THEA 260 Production Lab 1 credit
THEA 261 Performance Lab 1 credit
  DANC 360 Dance Company Lab 1 credit

See the Undergraduate catalog department sections for individual course descriptions.

Second Language Competency

Competency in a second language (classical or modern) at the intermediate level (courses numbered 201) is required for students continuing in the study of a language. Students beginning study in a language they have not previously studied can fulfill the requirement by completing one year at the beginning level (courses numbered 101-102). Non-native speakers of English who have completed the required English core credits at Gonzaga may petition the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of this requirement.

Additional information on this requirement can be found at

Language Requirement Information