Honors Majors & Minors

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Honors Major

The minimum requirement for admission to the honors major is at least the following 4 courses (3 credits) in dance; an introductory history/theory course (003, 004, or 025A), DANC Lab I: Making Dance (DANC 011), one dance technique class (DANC 040-048, 050-053, or 060-061) and DANC 008. Majors in the Honors Program must also have an overall B grade average before admission. In addition to the guidelines noted later, each honors major will be responsible for the material designated on the reading and video lists for senior honors study available from the department office.

All dance majors in the Honors Program must do three preparations in the department and one outside (in a related or unrelated minor). Two of the departmental preparations will be based on course combinations (one in history or theory and one in composition beyond the introductory-level course DANC 011). The third will take the form of either a senior project (DANC 094) or a senior thesis (DANC 095, 096). The portfolio submitted by each student will include both written materials and a DVD that provides examples of the student's choreographic and/or performance work at Swarthmore (a maximum of 20 minutes in length).
Each student's program will include the following:

History and theory. One area of emphasis linking a course from DANC 022, 023 or 025A with a course from DANC 036, 038, or 077B. Each student will demonstrate this integration via a paper written as an attachment. This paper, along with appropriate papers from each history and theory class submitted for preparation, will be sent to the examiner. The written and oral exam for this preparation will consist of a response to three questions set by the examiner.

Composition. Each student may submit a combination of Dance Lab I: Making Dance (DANC 011) plus either Dance Lab II: Making Dance (DANC 012), or Composition Tutorial (DANC 013) two times. The syllabi (where appropriate), a DVD of the final work, and a paper concerning the choreographic process from each class will be submitted to the examiner.

Senior project/thesis. These projects/theses will be individually determined. Each student will be assigned a faculty adviser who will assist the student in the creation of an initial bibliography or videography or both as well as an outline for the project or thesis. It will then be the student's responsibility to proceed with the work independently.

Total prerequisites and credits required for honors major: 6 - 7

Requirements

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.

Honors Minor

Students in the Honors Program who are presenting a major in another discipline and a minor in dance must do one preparation in dance. This preparation will take the form of either composition or history and theory described earlier in the text concerning honors majors in dance. The choice regarding focus for a student's minor will be determined in consultation with an adviser from the dance faculty.

These prerequisites are strongly recommended for first and second year students and must be completed before the junior year. If a student has not completed all of these prerequisites at the time of an application for an Honors minor, but has done good work in one or more courses in the program, the student may be accepted on a provisional basis.
  

  • DANC 003, 004, or 025A
 
  • One technique or repertory course for academic credit

Minors in the Honors Program must also have an overall B grade average before admission. In addition to the guidelines noted below, each honors minor will be responsible for the material designated on a reading and video list for senior honors study available from the department office.

Total prerequisites and credits required for honors minor: 3-4

Requirements

For minors, regular participation in technique classes throughout a student's time at Swarthmore and participation in repertory courses for at least two semesters is required. 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.