Honors Majors & Minors

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Honors Major

Majors in the Honors Program must have received a grade of B+ or better in all dance courses 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 Dance Major in Honors is identical to the Dance Course Major in its prerequisites and focus requirements. 

Additional Requirements for the Dance Honors Major:

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

1. Literature review – combination of two Dance Studies courses.
2. Composition video review – analysis of various choreographers and their context.
3. Senior Project or Thesis

  • *DANC 094. Senior Project – Choreography focus (with paper)     
  • *DANC 095/096. Senior Thesis – Dance Studies focus

Each student’s program will include the following:

Dance Studies Focus for Honors Major

Each student will demonstrate his or her knowledge of areas of dance research via an annotated bibliographic list and an in-depth scholarly paper.  This paper, along with appropriate papers from Dance Studies courses 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.

Choreography Focus for Honors Major

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 video 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 video 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.

 

Honors Minor

The Dance Minor in Honors is identical to the Dance Course Minor in its prerequisites and focus requirements. 

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 Choreography or Dance Studies described earlier in the text concerning honors majors in dance.  Honors minors in Choreography will complete the composition video review preparation in addition to a *Senior Project.  Honors minors in Dance Studies will complete the literature review preparation in addition to a *Senior Thesis.  The choice regarding focus for a student’s minor will be determined in consultation with an adviser from the dance faculty.

*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.