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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Dance

College of Arts and Architecture (DANCE_BS)

ASSOCIATE Professor of Theater, Elisha Halpin

The BS in Dance degree is specially designed as a comprehensive study of all elements of Dance, focusing on elements of the artistry and sciences of the body serve to create a more well rounded performer. Students are encouraged to have a concurrent major with any other area of study. Students are encouraged to consider how their concurrent majors will result in career enhancement, for example kinesiology and dance or education and dance. Students will learn to analyze, generate, and influence creativity in their workplaces and their lives. This program will also emphasize the broadening impact of the intersection of the arts and sciences. Students are strongly encouraged to spend Maymester abroad in the dance program's international trip to Ireland.

Unlike the BFAs in Musical Theatre, Design and Technology, and Acting, this degree is designed to allow and encourage exploration by the student, working closely with their adviser. As a student's perspectives and career goals may change over the course of their four years at Penn State, this program is flexible in order to support those changes. Equally, unlike the BA in Theatre, which is a liberal arts based program, the BS focuses on courses that enhance the student's professional aspirations and encourage students to see the "theatricality of the body," the artistic applications of scientific information on the body, and the scientific aspect of artistry. Students who successfully complete the program will be prepared to use their skills in presentation, design, analysis, and critical thinking in every phase of their profession development.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Entrance to the major is achieved by audition and interview with the dance faculty. Video auditions and internet interviews can be arranged.

For the Bachelor of Science in Dance a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing Given Like (sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(7.5-13.5 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 9-15 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 73.5 credits [1]
(This includes 7.5-13.5 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GN; 1.5 credits of GHA; 0-6 credits of GA; 3 credits of GS. College of Arts and Architecture - 6 credits of History of the Arts. At least 15 credits at the 400 level.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (31.5 credits)
BBH 203/PSYCH 260(3), BIOL 11 GN(3), THEA 407W(3), DANCE 370 GN(3), DANCE 410 US;IL(3), KINES 180(3), KINES 202(4), PSYCH 100 GS(3), THEA 1S(1), NUTR 100 GHW(1.5), THEA 289 (1), THEA 132(3)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (27 credits)
Select 18 credits from: DANCE 100 GA;US;IL(3); THEA 100 GA;US;IL(3) or THEA 105 GA(3); THEA 102 GA(3); THEA 120(3); DANCE 411 GH(3); THEA 408W US(3); DANCE 499 IL(1); THEA 499 IL(9)
Take 9 credits of DANCE or THEA courses, 6 credits must be 400 level: DANCE 280(1); DANCE 281(2); DANCE 297(1); DANCE 381(1); DANCE 480(2); DANCE 482(3); DANCE 485(1-2); DANCE 497(1); THEA 146(2)

SUPPORTING COURSE AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 15 credits of dance technique courses in consultation with adviser.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2017

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-04-013E

Review Date: 1/10/2017

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