Bachelor of Arts in Dance

Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 120   
Major: 60 sch  

DANCE.BA      CIP Code: 50.0301.00

General Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance is designed to provide the undergraduate dance major with a comprehensive liberal arts-based curriculum integrating dance studies with a broad foundation in the humanities and the other arts, as well as in the biological, physical and social sciences. The goal of the program is to prepare students for dance careers in a variety of artistic and educational settings.

Degree Requirements

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total Semester Credit Hours42

Courses Required for Major

Dance/Movement Practices (26 semester credit hours)

Students are placed in modern and ballet through an entrance placement exam and technique exams each semester. The student must achieve the minimum competency level, two semesters of Level 3 in modern dance and two semesters of Level 2 in ballet. If a student is placed in the upper levels, she or he still must complete the required number of technique credits. The ballet/modern technique requirement is fulfilled by meeting the minimum competency level and presenting the required number of credits. Except where indicated in the teacher certification program, each dance major must register for at least one contemporary modern dance practice course each semester, one ballet dance practice for four semesters, one Urban and Global Dance Practice for three semesters, and one Summer Dance Intensive.  With Chair approval, students may take an additional Summer Dance Intensive to substitute for one Dance Practice credit. Summer Dance Intensives cannot be used to satisfy the Dance Practice competency requirements.

Somatic Practices (8 Semester credit hours)
DNCE 1091Dance Physical Conditioning/Body Work1
DNCE 1171Bartenieff Fundamentals of Movement1
DNCE 2183Introduction to Movement Analysis and Description3
DNCE 3193Experiential Anatomy for Dancers3
Total Semester Credit Hours8
Technique Practice (18 semester credit hours)
Modern Dance Practice (based on placement audition)8
Elementary Modern Dance I
Elementary Modern Dance II
Intermediate Modern Dance I
Intermediate Modern Dance II
Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance I
Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance II
Advanced Modern Dance I
Advanced Modern Dance II
Ballet Practice (based on placement audition)4
Elementary Ballet I
Elementary Ballet II
Intermediate Ballet I
Intermediate Ballet II
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet I
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet II
Urban & Global Dance Practice3
Beginning Urban and Global Dance Practices
Urban and Global Dance Practices
Summer Dance Intensive3
Summer Dance Intensive
Total Semester Credit Hours18
Dancemaking (16 semester credit hours)
Choreography Courses7
Improvisation
Dance Composition
Choreographic Designs
Concert Choreography
Performance Courses9
Beginning Dance Performance (taken two times)
Intermediate Dance Performance (taken two times)
Advanced Dance Performance (taken two times)
Dance Production
Total Semester Credit Hours16
Dance Theory (18 semester credit hours)
Dance and Identity9
Dance and Globalization (GP)
History of Dance
Contemporary Trends and Issues in Choreography and Performance
Pedagogical Communities9
Theories of Teaching Dance Technique
Dance and Public Practice
Children's Dance
Total Semester Credit Hours18

(GP) Satisfies global perspectives graduation requirement.

Other Requirements (18 semester credit hours)

The related studies courses are comprised of a coherent set of courses representing one or more areas of study. This set of courses should be related to the dance discipline or the student’s personal, professional and/or career interests. With departmental approval, a 21 hour minor may be substituted for this 18 hour Related Studies option. The courses submitted to meet the Related Studies requirement will be determined in consultation with the advisor and must meet the following criteria:

  1. 18 semester credit hours must be submitted to meet the Related Studies requirement.
  2. The definition of a “cohesive set of courses” will be determined in consultation with the student’s advisor.
  3. No more than 6 dance elective hours may be presented.
  4. At least 6 semester credit hours presented for the Related Studies requirement must be advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level).
First Year
FallTCCNSemester Credit Hours
DNCE 1091Dance Physical Conditioning/Body Work 1
DNCE 1101Beginning Dance Performance DANC 11511
DNCE 1111Elementary Ballet I DANC 13411
DNCE 1151Elementary Modern Dance I DANC 1345, DANC 21451
DNCE 1191Improvisation DANC 11131
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
Mathematics Core3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
SpringTCCN
DNCE 1101Beginning Dance Performance DANC 11511
DNCE 1121Elementary Ballet II DANC 13421
DNCE 1161Elementary Modern Dance II DANC 1346, DANC 21461
DNCE 1171Bartenieff Fundamentals of Movement 1
DNCE 2202Dance Composition 2
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Language, Philosophy, & Culture Core3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
Second Year
FallTCCN
DNCE 2101Intermediate Dance Performance DANC 21511
DNCE 2111Intermediate Ballet I 1
DNCE 2151Intermediate Modern Dance I DANC 23451
DNCE 2171Beginning Urban and Global Dance Practices 1
DNCE 2183Introduction to Movement Analysis and Description 3
DNCE 3292Choreographic Designs 2
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Life/Physical Science Core3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
SpringTCCN
DNCE 2101Intermediate Dance Performance DANC 21511
DNCE 2121Intermediate Ballet II DANC 23421
DNCE 2143 (GP)Dance and Globalization DANC 13053
DNCE 2161Intermediate Modern Dance II DANC 23461
DNCE 3191Urban and Global Dance Practices 1
WS 2013Gender and Social Change: An Introduction to Multicultural-Women's Studies 3
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Life/Physical Science Core3
 Semester Credit Hours 16
Third Year
FallTCCN
DNCE 3101Advanced Dance Performance DANC 1112, DANC 11521
DNCE 3151Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance I 1
DNCE 3193Experiential Anatomy for Dancers 3
DNCE 3393History of Dance 3
Creative Arts Core3
Wellness CAO Core2
Related Studies3
 Semester Credit Hours 16
SpringTCCN
DNCE 3161Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance II 1
DNCE 3191Urban and Global Dance Practices 1
DNCE 3813Theories of Teaching Dance Technique 3
DNCE 4393Contemporary Trends and Issues in Choreography and Performance 3
Related Studies3
Social/Behavioral Science Core 3
 Semester Credit Hours 14
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
DNCE 3101Advanced Dance Performance DANC 1112, DANC 11521
DNCE 3151Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance I 1
DNCE 4182Concert Choreography 2
DNCE 4243Children's Dance 3
Related Studies (Upper Level)3
Related Studies3
 Semester Credit Hours 13
SpringTCCN
DNCE 3161Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance II 1
DNCE 4123Dance and Public Practice 3
Related Studies (Upper Level)3
Related Studies3
DNCE 4133Dance Production 3
 Semester Credit Hours 13
Summer 1TCCN
DNCE 3913Summer Dance Intensive 3
 Semester Credit Hours 3
 Total Semester Credit Hours:  120

(GP) Satisfies global perspectives graduation requirement.