Dance Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Dance offers the Bachelor of Arts in Dance and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance degrees. A minor in dance is available to students in all majors.

Bachelor of Arts in Dance Degree Requirements

The B.A. in Dance at the University of Kansas does not require an audition. Instead, all students must pass a technical and academic evaluation at the end of their sophomore year. However, to be considered for a scholarship, a prospective or transfer student must audition. The B.A. in dance offers comprehensive technical training, built on a solid liberal arts foundation, which allows students to double-major or to pursue graduate study in any number of fields.

The curriculum leading to the B.A. in dance offers integrated training in ballet, modern, and jazz dance techniques, as well as courses in classical Indian dance, African dance and flamenco dance techniques, musical theatre dance, dance improvisation and composition, video for dance, history and philosophy of dance, music for dance, creative dance for children, dance production, career preparation in the arts and independent study options. The program prepares students for professional careers in dance or for further academic study. The senior project may involve research in any of the above areas or choreography and performance culminating in a senior recital. Students are expected to take technique classes appropriate to their level of training each semester they are enrolled. A total of 120 credit hours is required.

Bachelor of Arts in Dance Course Requirements

General Education Requirements (0)
Completion of the KU Core (See KU Core)
Completion of the College BA degree specific requirements (see College BA requirements)
Introduction to the Dance Major (1)
DANC 100Introduction to the Dance Major1
Dance Technique (17)
Students may choose 17 hours from among the following, but must take at least the following: One semester of level III in jazz, Two semesters of level III in ballet and two semesters of level III in modern. Courses may be taken twice for full credit and may be taken for variable credit thereafter. 17
Ballet III
Dance Performance (2)
University Dance Company. Satisfied by 2 hours of the following: 2
University Dance Company
Dance Composition (0)
Majors must complete courses as specificed in each of the following areas.
Dance Improvisation
Choreography: Structured Solos
Choreography: Group Forms
Environmental Choreography
Pedagogy (0)
Dance for Children
Practicum in: _____
Dance Studies (9)
Majors must complete courses as specified in each fo the following areas.
Approaches to World Dance
Students must select 9 hours from the following:9
Rhythms and Structures of Music
Introduction to African Dance Theatre
Musical Theatre Dance
Introduction to Videography and Website Design for Dance
Introduction to Classical East Indian Dance
Dance History: Research and Reconstruction
Career Preparation in the Arts
Introduction to Flamenco Dance Technique
Senior Project (0)
Satisfied by completion of 3 hours of the following:
Senior Project

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours

Satisfied by 51 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence

Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours

Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA

Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in Dance. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)3
MATH 101 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)3Quantitative Reasoning (Goal 1.2, BA Quantitative Reasoning)33
First Year Seminar (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking)3Goal 3 Social Science3
DANC 150 (Major Requirement)22DANC 250 (Major Requirement)2
Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement*2Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement*3
Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement*1-3Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement*3
 14-16 17
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)52nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5
Goal 2.2 Communication3Goal 3 Natural Science3
DANC 350 (Major Requirement)23Lab Science (BA Lab Requirement)1-2
DANC 330 (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, Major Requirement)3Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement*1-3
Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement*3DANC 450 (Major Requirement)3
 17 13-16
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)34th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)3-5
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3DANC 430 (Major Requirement)3
DANC 3753Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement*3
Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement*3DANC Studies Elective (Major Requirement)3
DANC Studies Elective (Major Requirement)3Elective or Dance Technique 300+ (Total Hours)*3
 15 15-17
DANC 530 (Major Requirement)1DANC 550 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)3
Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3DANC Technique 300+ (Major Requirement)*3
DANC Technique Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)*3DANC Studies Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3
DANC Studies Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3Elective or Dance Technique 300+ (Total Hours)*3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
LA&S 492 (Job Search Strategies, or elective)1 
 14 15
Total Hours: 120-127

Dance Technique courses can be taken for 1-3 credit hours. For the purposes of this 4-year plan, most Dance Technique courses are listed at 3 credit hours to represent completion of the full 120 credit hours required to graduate. 


The BA requires completion of two courses of collegiate-level writing instruction. Students who test out of Composition will still need to complete ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and one additional Goal 2.1 course. 


DANC 150 and DANC 350 are rotational and must be taken in sequence.


Visit this website for a list of courses that fulfill the BA Quantitative Reasoning requirement. 

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level, and 100 hours must be from within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.