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Bachelor of Arts in Dance

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Bachelor of Arts in Dance Degree Requirements

The curriculum leading to the B.A. in dance offers integrated training in ballet, modern, and jazz dance techniques, as well as courses in dance improvisation and composition, history and philosophy of dance, Laban Movement Analysis, dance science, music for dance, creative dance for children, dance production, and independent study options. An audition is required for admission to the B.A. program in dance. The program prepares students for professional careers in dance or for further academic study. The senior project may involve research in any of the above areas or choreography and performance culminating in a senior recital. Students are expected to take technique classes appropriate to their level of training each semester they are enrolled. A total of 120 credit hours is required.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements

A minimum of 64 credit hours in liberal arts and sciences is required. (64 hours)
  • ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and ENGL 203, ENGL 209, ENGL 210, or ENGL 211 (9)
  • MATH 101 Algebra (3)
  • Oral communication (3)
  • Western civilization (6)
  • Foreign language (16 hours in one language or fourth-level proficiency)
  • BIOL 100 Principles of Biology (3) and
    BIOL 102 Principles of Biology Laboratory (1)
  • Humanities (THR 215, THR 220, or THR 224, and MUSC 136/MUSC 336 must be 6 of these hours) (11)
  • Social sciences (9)
  • Non-Western culture (3)
  • Electives: Additional credit hours of general electives are needed to meet the minimum total hours required for graduation.


A total of 51 credit hours in dance is required.

Dance Technique (16 hours)
Dance Performance (2 hours)
  • DANC 320 University Dance Company (2 semesters) (2)
Dance Composition (10 hours)
Dance Theory (20 hours)
  • DANC 210 Rhythms and Structures of Music (1)
  • DANC 330 Approaches to World Dance (3)
  • DANC 340 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis (3)
  • DANC 370 Musculoskeletal Concepts for Dancers (3)
  • DANC 375 Ideokinesis (3)
  • DANC 430 Dance for Children (3)
  • DANC 460 Dance History: Research and Reconstruction (3)
  • DANC 530 Practicum in: _______ (1)
Senior Project (3 hours)

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for dance.

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