This degree program is for students with prior dance experience who wish to combine university-level dance studies with targeted general study in the arts and sciences. The Bachelor of Science in Dance offers an integrative program of dance professions, culture and community providing students multiple opportunities to enhance technical skill, investigate shifting social and global concerns, and cultivate innovative approaches for dance career preparation in diverse contexts and related professions.
Admission to this program is contingent upon satisfaction of the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University and a successful audition conducted by the Department faculty. Audition dates are scheduled each November, December and February in the year prior to admission; prospective students should contact the Theatre and Dance Office for audition schedule information. Entering students are required to consult the Departmental advising staff prior to their first registration for classes.
All B.S. dance majors must be enrolled in required curriculum each semester and evidence successful progress in the B.S. degree program in order to maintain dance major status. Any dance major who does not comply and/or does not register and complete appropriate dance coursework for one semester MUST AUDITION FOR THE DANCE PROGRAM for re-admission.
Candidates must complete a minimum of 120 credits in course work, including satisfaction of the University General Education requirements, College degree requirements, minimum fifty-nine credits in dance courses (specified below) and minimum twenty-nine credits in electives. B.S students must comply with the following department policies – any student who does not meet these standards will be placed on Departmental probation and may be denied continuation in the program: the credits in specified Dance courses must be completed with grades of C minus or better and 2.5 cumulative g.p.a must be maintained. Students must be current in their plan of work and all Basic Competency courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the Capstone course.
All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees, as well as with the requirements of the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance.
General Education Course Progress
majors must complete the Basic Composition (BC) requirement by the time forty-five credits have been earned, the Oral Communication (OC) and Intermediate Composition (IC) requirement by the time sixty credits have been earned. Failure to meet these limits on matriculation will result in the student being placed on departmental probation: the student will be ineligible to be cast in or participate as a member of the artistic/production staff of department productions. Transfer students will be reviewed upon entry into the major for compliance with these standards and advised as needed.
B.S. Major Requirements
|DNC 1300||Pilates Mat for Performing Artists||1|
|DNC 1330||Production Practicum||1|
|DNC 2180||Anatomy of Human Movement||3|
|DNC 2310||History of Dance from 1800 to the Present||3|
|DNC 2410||Music and Dance Relationships||3|
|DNC 2500||Choreography I||2|
|DNC 3310||Dance Production||3|
|DNC 1810||Introduction to Dance Professions||3|
|DNC 3810||Dance Pedagogy||3|
|DNC 4910||Dance in Community||3|
|DNC 2460||Dance Improvisation||2|
|DNC 5998||Professions Capstone Research||3|
|Select two credits of the following:||2|
|Select 12 credits of the following:||12|
|Introduction to Contemporary Dance|
|Contemporary Dance I (Max. 6)|
|Fundamentals of Classic Ballet I (Max. 8)|
|Fundamentals of Classic Ballet II (Max. 8)|
|Contemporary Dance II: Part I (Max. 12)|
|Contemporary Dance II: Part II (Max. 12)|
|African Dance II (Max. 8)|
|African Diasporic Dance Technique I (Max. 8)|
|Contemporary Dance III (Max. 8)|
|Ballet III (Max. 16)|
|African Diasporic Dance Technique II (Max. 4)|
|Contemporary Dance IV (Max. 16)|
|Ballet IV (Max. 16)|
|General Education Requirement|
|DNC 2000||Introduction to World Dance||3|
|DNC 2400||Introduction to African Dance||3|
|Select two of the following:||6-7|
|Survey of Art History: Ancient through Medieval|
or AH 1120
|Survey of Art History: Renaissance through Modern|
|Introduction to Audio-Television-Film Production|
|Fundamentals of Public Relations (Pre-req: COM 1010)|
|Music Appreciation: World Music|
|Music Appreciation: Beginnings to the Present|
|Introduction to the Theatre|
Pre-Dance/Movement Therapy Concentration (B.S. Program)
Students completing this concentration will gear their capstone internship in dance towards human services or a related mental health discipline. Students who complete this concentration will graduate with a B.S. in Dance and minor in Psychology.
In addition to the regular B.S. requirements, the following courses are required:
|DNC 3180||Dance Science||3|
|PSY 1010||Introductory Psychology||4|
|PSY 2020||Research Methods In Psychology||4|
|PSY 2400||Developmental Psychology||4|
|PSY 2410||Health Psychology||4|
|PSY 3310||Abnormal Psychology||4|
SOC 2203 Social Psychology is a not required course, but it supports the concentration in Movement Therapy and may support entrance into specific master’s programs. DNC 1330 Production Practicum and DNC 3310 Dance Production are not required for the Movement Therapy concentration.
Dance Honors Program (B.S. and B.F.A. degrees)
In order to enter the departmental honors program students must have achieved academic excellence in previous work, such as a high school g.p.a. of 3.5 or a college or university g.p.a. of 3.3. Students must meet all regular major requirements including the following: three honors-option courses within their major taught by full-time faculty members (internships cannot satisfy this requirement), at least one 42XX honors seminar offered through the Honors College, a senior honors thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor in their major area (DNC 5997) and maintain a minimum g.p.a. of 3.3 cumulative and in the major.
Dance Honors Curriculum (15 credits required)
|Select the Honors Option in three of the following:||9-10|
|Introduction to World Dance|
|History of Dance to 1800|
|History of Dance from 1800 to the Present|
|Dance Teaching Methods|
|Teaching Creative Dance for Children|
|DNC 5997||Departmental Honors Thesis||3|
|HON 42XX Honors Seminar||3|
Student must maintain an overall 3.3 g.p.a.
For additional information, students should consult the Irvin D. Reid Honors College.
Dance Teaching Majors (B.F.A. and B.S. Programs)
Professional Education Sequence: The additional following courses are required for a K-12 teaching major in dance, K-12 certification, and a major in dance, secondary certification for both the B.F.A. and the B.S. degrees:
|DNC 3190||Movement Analysis||3|
|DNC 3810||Dance Pedagogy||3|
|DNC 4410||Student Teaching and Seminar I||5|
|DNC 4420||Student Teaching and Seminar II||5|
|DNC 4810||Dance Teaching Methods||3|
|DNC 4820||Assisting in Dance||1|
|DNC 4910||Dance in Community||3|
|DNC 5810||Teaching Creative Dance for Children||3|
|DNC 5830||Field Work in Creative Dance||2-8|
|EDP 5480||Adolescent Psychology||3|
|LFA 2330||First Aid and CPR||3|
|or HE 3300||Health of the School Child|
|RLL 6121||Teaching Reading in the Content Areas: Grades 6-12||3|