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 100||Introduction to the Dance Major||1|
|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|
|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.|
|Choreography: Structured Solos|
|Choreography: Group Forms|
|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:|
Major Hours & Major GPA
While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:
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)1||3||ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)||3|
|MATH 101 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)||3||Quantitative Reasoning (Goal 1.2, BA Quantitative Reasoning)3||3|
|First Year Seminar (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking)||3||Goal 3 Social Science||3|
|DANC 150 (Major Requirement)2||2||DANC 250 (Major Requirement)||2|
|Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement*||2||Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement*||3|
|Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement*||1-3||Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement*||3|
|1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)||5||2nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)||5|
|Goal 2.2 Communication||3||Goal 3 Natural Science||3|
|DANC 350 (Major Requirement)2||3||Lab Science (BA Lab Requirement)||1-2|
|DANC 330 (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, Major Requirement)||3||Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement*||1-3|
|Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement*||3||DANC 450 (Major Requirement)||3|
|3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)||3||4th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)||3-5|
|Goal 4.1 US Diversity||3||DANC 430 (Major Requirement)||3|
|DANC 375||3||Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement*||3|
|Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Ballet), Major Requirement*||3||DANC Studies Elective (Major Requirement)||3|
|DANC Studies Elective (Major Requirement)||3||Elective or Dance Technique 300+ (Total Hours)*||3|
|DANC 530 (Major Requirement)||1||DANC 550 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)||3|
|Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics||3||DANC Technique 300+ (Major Requirement)*||3|
|DANC Technique Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)*||3||DANC Studies Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)||3|
|DANC Studies Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)||3||Elective or Dance Technique 300+ (Total Hours)*||3|
|Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)||3||Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)||3|
|LA&S 492 (Job Search Strategies, or elective)||1|
|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.
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.