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Course Majors

DANC 025A classroom and students

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Course Major
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 (Special Major). Majors will be required to develop an extended paper or a significant dance performance piece as part of their focus. All dance majors are strongly encouraged to participate in technique and repertory classes each semester.
All Majors will design their programs in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Requirements for Admission to the Major (to be completed in the first two years of study):
1. Overall average of C or better in all courses taken during the two semesters preceding the time of application.
2. Completion of one course in dance studies at Swarthmore with a grade of B or better.
3. Completion of one course (Dance Lab I for Choreography focus and Dance Lab I or one additional dance studies course for Dance Studies focus) at Swarthmore with a grade of B or better
4. Completion of at least one .5 credit course in Dance Technique or Repertory/Ensemble
*Although Technique and Repertory courses can be repeated for credit, a student can only apply a course once towards the Major requirements. 
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. 

Requirements for the Major - Dance Studies focus:
1. Five Dance Studies courses
    a. One course from: DANC 021 or 022
    b. One course from: DANC 004 or 025
    c. Three Dance Studies elective courses
2. Four .5 credit Dance Technique and/or Repertory/Ensemble courses*
    a. One course from: DANC 040, 041, 049A, 049E, 050, 051, 051A, 060, 061, 061A, or 070
    b. One course from: DANC 043, 044, 049B, 049C, 049K, or 054
    c. One course from: DANC 042, 046, 049D, 049F, 056, or 057
    d. One course from: DANC 040-070
3. General Electives (Choose 1 credit)
    a. DANC 011. Dance Lab I: Making Dance
    b. One Dance Studies course
    c. Two Dance Technique and/or Repertory/Ensemble courses from DANC 040-070
4. DANC 095 and/or 096. Senior Thesis
Total credits for Major – Dance Studies focus: 9-10

Requirements for the Major - Choreography focus:
1. DANC 011. Dance Lab I: Making Dance
2. DANC 012. Dance Lab II: Making Dance
3. DANC 045. Dance Technique: Yoga
4. Three Dance Studies courses
    a. One course from: DANC 021 or 022
    b. One course from: DANC 004 or 025
    c. One Dance Studies elective course
5. Three .5 credit Dance Repertory/Ensemble courses*
    a. One course from: DANC 049A or 049E
    b. One course from: DANC 049B, 049C, or 49K
    c. One course from: DANC 049D or 049F
6. Three .5 credit Dance Technique courses*
    a. One course from: DANC 040, 041, 050, 051, 051A, 060, 061, 061A, or 070
    b. One course from: DANC 043, 044, or 054
    c. One course from: DANC 042, 046, 056, or 057
7. One Dance Technique and/or Repertory/Ensemble course from DANC 040-070
8. DANC 094. Senior Project
Total credits for Major – Choreography focus: 10

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.