Course Special Majors
The program for a special major in dance comprises 12 units of coursework: 6 in dance and 6 in another discipline. The two disciplines in this major may be philosophically linked or may represent separate areas of the student's interest.
Whether they enroll for credit or audit, all dance majors and minors are strongly encouraged to participate in technique and repertory classes each term.
Prerequisites for the Special Course Major in Dance and a Second Discipline
1. Dance 001, 003, 003A or 004
2. Dance 011. Dance Lab I: Making Dance
3. One dance technique class (in any style) for academic credit
Prerequisite credits for special majors: 2.5
Requirements for the Special Major in Dance and a Second Discipline
The core program (totaling 5.5 credits) includes the following courses:
1. Dance 008. Anatomy: Bones, Muscles, and Movement
2. Two composition/repertory (DANC 012 [1 credit] or 014 [0.5 credit] and/or DANC 013 [0.5 credit] and DANC 049 [0.5 credit])
3. Two history/theory (one from DANC 021-025 or 028 [1 credit] and one from DANC 035-039 or 077B [1 credit])
4. Two or three in dance technique (DANC 050 [0.5 credit] and one other technique at the 050 level or above [0.5 credit]). One 0.5 credit in a Western technique and one 0.5 credit in a non-Western technique.
5. One senior project or thesis (DANC 094, 095, or 096 [1 credit])
Total credits in special major: 5.5
Total prerequisites and credits in special major: 8.5
The student's chosen six courses from the core program will be joined by 6 credits from another discipline or disciplines. Courses for the program must be approved both by the faculty of the other departments and by the dance faculty. The senior project or thesis must also be approved and monitored by those departments involved.
Additional Requirements for the Special Major
Regular participation in technique classes throughout a student's time at Swarthmore and participation in repertory courses for at least two semesters. Students may choose any style of repertory experience. They are also encouraged to seek out service-learning/ community-based learning experiences that incorporate dance. These may substitute for repertory experiences.
Colloquia and/or individualized meetings with guest artists and lecturers will also be held during the student's senior year. These meetings will address current issues and debates in dance theory and practice as well as individual student interests.