The program offers four clusters, all of which are in the humanities academic division.

Community-Engagement in Performance, Dance, and Movement

Courses in this cluster facilitate the projects and workshops that involve creative process and/or dance and movement to engage through hands-on experience with various segments of the community including elders, youth, and/or diverse populations outside of the UR. This cluster can be used towards a Community Engaged Citation and towards a Dance or Movement Studies major or minor.

Dance and Performance

This cluster is designed for students interested in the art of dance and performance. Through the study of dance technique and theory as well as the context within which dance exists in the field, students will have opportunities to experience, view, and discuss the art of dance, performance, and creative expression.

Improvisation and Creative Process

This cluster encourages students to discover the potential of their own creative energies. Students explore the creative process through reading, attending lecture-demonstrations, discussions, and improvisation.

Mind-Body Wellness

This cluster explores multiple perspectives of somatic approaches to movement re-patterning, teaching how to change maladaptive movement patterns in order to develop new, more integrated movement.

Movement and Culture

In this cluster students have the opportunity to investigate, theoretically and experientially, movement and dance from different cultures. The goal is to increase knowledge and understanding of the rich and varied roles of movement from around the world with a focus on community.

Performing Arts

The Institute for the Performing Arts initiated this cluster in the performing arts to provide students with a survey of courses in two or more of the performing arts divisions: dance, music and/or theatre, in order to foster performing arts appreciation and literacy. Designed for the “non-performer,” the cluster is designed for the person interested in understanding more about how to view and experience the performing arts on a deeper level as an audience member through some hands-on experience, knowledge of history and context and observation/discussion.