Dance, B.F.A.

Additional Information on the Department of Theatre and Dance

An audition is required for the B.F.A. program in dance.

The B.F.A. curriculum in dance emphasizes professional level training within a liberal arts setting while focusing on the development of technical abilities, choreographic skill, teaching methods and the study of dance history. The program strives to unite academic and artistic inquiry with sustained civic engagement in the local and global community.


The B.F.A. dance major requires 60 credits as follows:
Major Courses (37 credits)
Theatre or Dance Elective *

* Elective must be a 3-credit course at the 3000-or 4000-level excluding technique classes.


Capstone Course (Required for Major--Choose One)
Dance Technique (23 credits)

Students must achieve level IV in either ballet or modern dance techniques and the level III in the other in order to graduate and will be evaluated at the end of each academic year. Students who demonstrate proficiency at the technique level III in modern dance or ballet (3800, 3820, 3830, 3840) will be placed at level IV (4800, 4820, 4830, 4840). Each of these courses may be repeated for credit. Dance majors must continue to be enrolled for credit in ballet and modern dance through graduation.

For a BFA in dance candidate, the maximum number of dance technique credit hours that can be counted towards the 120 credit hours needed for graduation is 30 credits.

For a BA in dance candidate, the maximum number of dance technique credit hours that can be counted towards the 120 credit hours needed for graduation is 24 credits.

For persons not majoring in dance, the maximum number of dance technique credit hours that can be counted towards the 120 credit hours needed for graduation is 16 credits.

Students may get credit for only 1 dance technique class in a specific discipline in any semester. For example, a student may register for only 1 ballet class in a semester but may register for 1 ballet class and 1 modern class and 1 jazz class in the semester.


Ballet and Modern Dance (19 credits)
Jazz Technique (2 credits)
Dance Technique Elective (2 credits)
Major Courses
Capstone options
Dance Electives