Dance Major

The Major


Four pathways highlight the research trajectories of the Dance Program. None of the pathways targets a specific physical style or cultural tradition; rather, these traditions interweave through all the pathways.

These pathways are:


Major Requirements: To major in dance, a student must take a minimum of twelve course credits:

  • Dance 101 (Introduction to Dance) or Dance 165 (Let's Dance)
  • Four courses selected from one pathway
  • One course each from the other three pathways
    • Students will notice some overlap between the pathways; students will not be allowed to count a course for more than one pathway. 12 credits in the major are a hard requirement.
  • Dance 487S (Capstone Seminar: Research Methods and Writing in Dance Studies and Choreographic Performance)
  • Dance 489T (Capstone: Senior Project), or Dance 499S (Capstone Seminar: Distinction Project)
  • Equivalent of two course credits from partial or full-credit movement, see Process, Practice and Research listings below..
  • Fifteen hours total of service work are required of each student. This may be completed at any time during the four-year undergraduate experience.

Selecting an Advisor: Upon declaration of the major make an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.  An advisor will be assigned to each student. More information and Advisors for Dance Majors request form.


Courses originating outside of the Dance Program not listed here may be considered as satisfying pathways requirements at the discretion of the director of undergraduate studies and the student’s major advisor. No more than two courses originating outside of the Dance Program may count toward the pathways requirements.