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Course Majors

DANC 025A classroom and students

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Dance Major in the Course Program

The goal of the course major in Dance is to expose a student to the broad scope of the field. The distribution of required courses for the major provides students with an introduction to Dance Studies, Choreography, and Performance, and allows them to direct their final credit(s) in the major toward a specific focus: Choreography, Dance Studies or an Individually Created focus. Majors will be required to develop an extended paper or a significant dance performance piece as part of their focus.  All dance majors and minors are strongly encouraged to participate in technique and repertory classes each term.

All majors will design their programs in consultation with a faculty adviser.

Prerequisites for the Major including all areas of focus:

These prerequisites are strongly recommended for first-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 a major but has done good work in one or more courses in the program, the student may be accepted on a provisional basis.

1. One Dance Studies course
2. DANC 011. Dance Lab I: Making Dance
3. One Dance Technique class (from any tradition) for academic credit

Prerequisite credits for Majors: 2.5

Requirements for each focus are as follows:


1.    DANC 012. Dance Lab II: Making Dance
2.    DANC 045. Dance Technique: Yoga
3.    Two Dance Studies courses**

  • One course DANC 021, or 022
  • One course DANC 004 or 025A

4.    Two Dance Repertory/Ensemble courses from two different traditions
5.    Four Technique courses (from at least two different traditions: two for academic credit, two for academic credit or 0 credit)
6.    *DANC 094. Senior Project

Total credits in focus:  6.5 - 7.5

Note: Majors with a focus in Choreography are also strongly encouraged to enroll in THEA 003 Fundamentals of Design for Theater Performance and THEA 004B. Lighting Design.

Dance Studies

1. Four Dance Studies courses**

  • One course DANC 021, or 022
  • One course DANC 004 or 025A
  • Two Dance Studies elective courses

2. Two Dance Technique and/or Repertory/Ensemble courses from two different traditions
3. *DANC 095 or 096. Senior Thesis

Total credits in focus:  6 – 7

Individually Created focus: see Special Major

Total prerequisites and credits required for Majors:  8.5 – 9.5

*The senior project/thesis is required of all Majors.

The dance faculty encourages students to pursue a senior project/thesis that incorporates a comparison or integration of dance with some other creative or performing art (creative writing, music, theater, or visual art), with a community-based learning component, or with another academic discipline of the student’s interest.

**Specific course number requirements apply to the Class of 2022 and beyond. Current majors and prospective majors in the Class of 2021 must complete the same number of dance studies courses and are encouraged but are not required to complete the specific courses listed.