Honors Majors & Minors

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Honors Major

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.  The minimum requirement for admission to the honors major is as follows:

Requirements for admission to the honors major:

DANC 003, 004, or 025A – two courses

DANC 011 Dance Lab I: Making Dance

DANC 012 Dance Lab II: Making Dance

DANC 036, 038, 075, 077B, or 079 – two courses

DANC 040-048, 050-053, or 060-061 – one course for academic credit

Requirements for the Honors Major:

All dance majors in the Honors Program must do three preparations.

 1. Literature review – combination of two History/Theory courses.

 2. Composition video review – analysis of various choreographic techniques.

 3. Senior Project or Thesis

DANC 094. Senior Project – Composition focus

DANC 095/096. Senior Thesis – History/Theory focus

 Each student’s program will include the following:

 History and theory focus

One area of emphasis linking a course from DANC 002, 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 focus

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.

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).

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.

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 two preparations in dance. Preparations 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.

 Requirements for admission to the honors minor:

DANC 003, 004, or 025A – one course

DANC 011. Dance Lab: Making Dance I

One technique or repertory course for academic credit

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.

 Requirements for the honors minor:

Composition focus

DANC 008. Anatomy: Bones, Muscles, and Movement

DANC 012. Dance Lab: Making Dance II

DANC 013. Dance Composition Tutorial

DANC 002, 023, or 025A - two courses

DANC 036, 038, 075, 077B, or 079 - one course

DANC 049. Repertory – one Western and one non-Western course for academic credit

DANC 040, 041, 043, 044, 046, 047, 050, 051, 052, 053, 060, 061 – two courses for academic credit

DANC 094. Senior Project

History/Theory focus

DANC 002, 023, or 025A - two courses

DANC 036, 038, 075, 077B, or 079 - three courses

DANC 040, 041, 043, 044, 046, 047, 050, 051, 052, 053, 060, 061 – two course for academic credit

DANC 093. Directed Reading

DANC 095. Senior Thesis – one course

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.

Additional Requirements

For honors 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.