The Department of Theatre & Dance offers a baccalaureate degree and a minor in dance. In order to major in Dance you must audition and be accepted into the program. Students majoring in dance must also have either a second major or a minor.
Bachelor of Arts in Dance
The B.A. in Dance is designed to provide a solid foundation in the discipline of dance. A minor (or double major) in another field is also required. The B.A. in Dance is a 45 credit hour program. You must achieve at least level 5 in either ballet or jazz and level 3 in a second genre (ballet/jazz/modern) in order to graduate.
Admittance into the B.A. in Dance degree program is a two-tiered process. Students must first attend a dance placement audition. Then, upon the completion of two semesters, students may be eligible to apply for full admittance into the degree program.
The Dance Minor provides students who have an interest in dance but do not want a bachelor degree with the opportunity to continue their studies in the area of dance. The dance minor is a 27 credit hour program. You must achieve at least level 4 in either ballet or jazz and level 3 in a second genre (ballet/jazz/modern) in order to complete the minor.
Students pursuing the Dance Minor do not need to audition; however, a placement class must be scheduled prior to enrollment in a 200 level or higher dance technique course. Students should contact Assistant Professor Meghen McKinley (email@example.com) upon adding the dance minor for academic advising and to ensure appropriate path of study.
The dance degrees require students to follow a large common core of courses, which have been carefully structured to provide students with the foundation needed to become artists, educators, and performers. Additionally, all dancers study ballet, jazz, and modern dance technique to round out their dance education. Students also have the opportunity to study tap, pointe, partnering, and theatre dance.
General Education Courses
The Department of Theatre & Dance offers two courses (DANC 110: Dance Appreciation and DANC 360: Dance in Culture) that can be used to fulfill requirements within the Colonnade Program.
Honors Dance Courses
Honors sections are available for most 300 and 400 level dance technique courses. Enrollment in an honor section of a technique course includes higher expectations in movement assignments, deeper research and discussion, and/or opportunities to see professional dance performances. Honors sections are also offered for selected lecture/theory courses within the dance curriculum. Students may speak to individual professors about honors augmentation of a course when an honors section is not offered.