Stanford TAPS Ph.D. Program

The TAPS Minor is offered with two distinct concentrations: the Dance concentration examines the field of dance, while the Theater & Performance Studies concentration provides students with historical, critical, and practical knowledge about theater and performance. A total of 30 units is required to obtain a Minor.

Students must declare a Major before declaring the Minor. Upon declaring the Minor, a proposed course of study must be submitted by each student in consultation with Jennifer DeVere Brody (, Chair of Theater & Performance Studies, or Justin Higinbotham (, Student Services Officer.


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The Dance Division does not admit students directly to its program; all undergraduate applications are handled centrally by Stanford University. Students interested in applying for undergraduate admission should visit the Undergraduate Admissions webpage at for more information.

However, the undergraduate application does include an optional Arts Supplement submission. Students with extraordinary talent in the fine or performing arts—art practice, dance, music and theater—may submit an Arts Supplement. The Arts Supplement is a way for students intending to participate in the Stanford arts community to highlight their talents for the admission process. These materials are entirely optional and will be reviewed at the discretion of the Office of Undergraduate Admission and the fine arts faculty.

Students who submit an Arts Supplement are not required to major in the arts at Stanford. Similarly, students who do not submit an Arts Supplement may still study or participate in the arts at Stanford.

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Click HERE to view information on applying to the undergraduate program.


30 units total for the minor

1. Core—4 units

TAPS 1. Introduction to Theater & Performance Studies (required)

2. Production—1 unit

TAPS 39. Theater Crew (required)

Students choose to focus either in the Theater & Performance Studies concentration, or the Dance concentration, for the remaining 25 units:

DANCe concentration

3. Dance Studies—4 units

Any course between DANCE 160-161, 167, 177, 197

4. Technique—12 units

Studio Classes: Minimum of six studio dance classes

A concentration of at least three classes chosen from a specific dance form (e.g., Modern, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Social), and the attainment of intermediate or advanced level. At least two classes in a style other than the concentration

5. Choreography/Repertory/Performance—5 units

Any courses between DANCE 27, 45, 51, 56-57, 60, 63, 69, 100, 102-103, 120 or TAPS 101P

6. Electives (approved by Undergraduate advisor)—4 units

Any course with the subject code TAPS or DANCE


3. Theater and Dance Studies—4 units

Any course between TAPS 150-169, DANCE 160-161

4. Performance Practice—7 units

Acting courses between TAPS 20-29, 103-105, 120-129, 203, 201V, 210
Dance courses between DANCE 30-149
Design courses: TAPS 30-31, 34, 39D, 42, 131-133, 137, 140, 231-240
Directing and Playwriting courses between TAPS 70-79, 170-

5. Electives (approved by Undergraduate advisor)—14 units

Any course with the subject code TAPS or DANCE