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    Nov 29, 2022  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dance, BA

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A Bachelor of Arts with a major in dance helps you become a dancer who values self expression, intellectual investigation, creativity and discipline by exposing you to a broad range of dance techniques. With additional course work, the program prepares you to become a certified teacher.

Degree requirements

The following requirements must be satisfied for a Bachelor of Arts with a major in dance.

Hours required and general/college requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the “General University Requirements ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences  requirements.

Major requirements

 A minimum of 48 hours of DANC courses, including the following:

Dance technique, 12 hours

Creative studies, 6 hours

 (3 hours each)

Dance theory, 18 hours

(3 hours each)


Each term/semester a student performs in public dance productions sponsored or approved by the department, the student must enroll in one of the following:




Hours required for electives may vary based on course selection and the University Core Curriculum requirements. Electives may be required to satisfy the advanced hour requirement (42) and/or the minimum total hours required for the degree. For specific information see an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Other requirements

  • Entrance auditions are required for admission to be a major in the dance program. Further information is available at concerning time, date and place. DANC 1100 , DANC 1200  and DANC 2800  are open to all students in the university without restriction and satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements. All other DANC courses are open to non-dance majors with instructor approval and space availability if prerequisites are met.
  • Continuing dance majors enrolled in DANC 1400 , DANC 1410 , DANC 2400 , DANC 2410 , DANC 3400 , DANC 3410 , DANC 4400  and DANC 4410  must be enrolled for two consecutive terms/semesters at the same level within an academic year. Dance majors are expected to take modern technique each semester and encouraged to take ballet technique each semester with a minimum of one daily technique class. Transfer students entering the spring term/semester will be evaluated individually. Non-dance majors may be accepted into technique courses through individual evaluation, instructor approval and space availability. Advancement to higher level technique classes is through teacher recommendation.
  • Transfer course work to be substituted for required dance courses must be approved by a student’s academic advisor during the degree audit process.
  • Students majoring in dance must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, make a B or better in dance technique and at least a C in all other courses comprising the major.
  • Students who miss the first day of class without consent of the instructor are subject to be administratively dropped from the course so that other students may be added. Students who miss the first day of class because of illness or some other acceptable excuse must notify the instructor on record the day of the absence.
  • Students must observe prerequisites for each dance course. If a student has not completed prerequisites for a particular course, the student is subject to administrative drop without notice. Prerequisites are listed with individual course descriptions.

Requirements for Dance certification

The College of Arts and Sciences encourages students to explore teaching as a career option. The student’s academic advisor in the Dean’s Office for Undergraduates and Student Advising in GAB, Room 220, can assist students with specific requirements for teacher certification in dance.

All students seeking secondary teaching certification in dance will major in the Bachelor of Arts with a major in dance  and fulfill the following additional requirements.

Additional requirements

Students must complete the 21 hours of education courses (above) and meet all GPA requirements to apply for state certification.

In order to enroll for the first required education course, the student must make application to the certification program in the College of Education in Matthews Hall, Room 105.

All state certification requirements and information on required examinations are available on the web site of the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) at

Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to sit for the certification examinations in dance.

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