Doctor of Philosophy in Dance

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Total Semester Credit Hours Required

90 semester credit hours, including master’s degree credits, research tools, and 12 semester credit hours for dissertation.

Work leading to the Ph.D. in Dance requires the completion of at least 90 graduate semester credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. It is possible to transfer limited hours from work leading to the master's degree or graduate courses taken at another accredited institution. Please note that any transfer hours not part of a completed master's degree are subject to the Graduate School's 10-year time limit. Hours that are part of a completed master's degree are not subject to the 10-year time limit and may be used toward the 90 hours required for the doctoral degree. In consultation with the Advisory Committee, a student may elect to take graduate courses at another institution and transfer those hours to TWU.

Doctor of Philosophy in Dance Program of Study (90 semester credit hours)

The course work listed below includes 39 semester credit hours of required course work (to include 12 semester credit hours of research tools) and 12 semester credit hours of Independent Studies or approved electives for a total of 51 semester credit hours.  Students must also complete 12 semester credit hours of Dissertation for total of 63 semester credit hours.  Hours from the master's level course work may be transferred in to reach the required 90 semester credit hours for doctoral study.

Summer 1TCCNSemester Credit Hours
DNCE 6103 (Research Tool)Choreographies of Writing3
DNCE 6113 (Epistemology of the Body)Seminar3
 Semester Credit Hours 6
Fall 1TCCN
DNCE 6113 (Current Trends in Dance Education and Research)Seminar3
DNCE 6203 (Research Tool)Scholarly Inquiry for Dance3
DNCE 6913 (Independent Study of Approved Optional Elective)Independent Study3
 Semester Credit Hours 9
Spring 1TCCN
DNCE 6113 (Cultural Approaches to Dance Studies)Seminar3
DNCE 6213Current Issues in Historical Inquiry in Dance3
DNCE 6913 (Independent Study or Approved Optional Elective)Independent Study3
 Semester Credit Hours 9
Summer 2TCCN
DNCE 6113 (Scholarly Writing and Presentation of Research)Seminar3
DNCE 6323Philosophical Inquiry in Dance3
 Semester Credit Hours 6
Fall 2TCCN
DNCE 6113 (Theorizing Performance)Seminar3
DNCE 6303 (Research Tool)Research Methodologies for Dance3
DNCE 6913 (Independent Study or Approve Optional Elective)Independent Study3
 Semester Credit Hours 9
Spring 2TCCN
DNCE 6403 (Research Tool)Research Data Collection and Analysis For Dance3
DNCE 6913 (Research Project) (Optional)Independent Study3
DNCE 6913 (Directed Reading—Preparation for Qualifying Exams)Independent Study3
 Semester Credit Hours 9
Summer 3TCCN
DNCE 6503Research Colloquium3
 Semester Credit Hours 3
 Total Semester Credit Hours:  51

Research Tools

The following required courses fulfill the research tool requirement (12 semester credit hours):

DNCE 6103Choreographies of Writing3
DNCE 6203Scholarly Inquiry for Dance3
DNCE 6303Research Methodologies for Dance3
DNCE 6403Research Data Collection and Analysis For Dance3
Total Semester Credit Hours12

Residence Requirement

The low-residential format requires three summer intensives and week-long residencies in the Fall and Spring semesters during the two-years of coursework. Low-residential students must be continually enrolled, follow the prescribed sequence of courses, and attend all on-campus residencies. Full-time, in-residence students meet the same residency requirements. Refer to the Department of Dance doctoral program webpage for the dates of summer intensives and residencies.

Qualifying Examination

A written and oral examination will be taken covering areas selected by the candidate in consultation with the Advisory Committee. The content, format, administration, and evaluation of the examination will be the responsibility of the Committee. Students are expected to take their qualifying examinations within one calendar year of completing the coursework. The Qualifying Examination may be repeated once. Following a second disapproval decision, a student will be dismissed from the Ph.D. program without completing the degree. 

Final Examination

An oral defense of the dissertation is required. The defense may be repeated once.

Special Requirements for the Doctoral Program

Students must successfully complete core required courses in sequence. A grade of C in a required core course will result in dismissal from the Ph.D. program.

Scheduled According to Student’s Individual Research Progress

DNCE 6983Dissertation (Repeated twice for credit) (Dissertation Prospectus)3
DNCE 6993Dissertation (Repeated twice for credit) (Formal Dissertation)3