Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Dance

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Required courses in the major:
TRDA 1330Basics of Production Design
TRDA 2180Movement Improvisation/Perform
TRDA 2191Dance History
TRDA 3182Dance Composition I
TRDA 3186Dance Anatomy & Kinesiology
TRDA 4184Choreography and Performance
13 credits of courses in technique from the following:
TRDA 1170Intermediate Modern/Postmodern Dance I
TRDA 1171Intermediate Modern/Postmodern Dance II
TRDA 2172Intermediate/Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance I
TRDA 2173Intermediate/Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance II
TRDA 3174Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance I
TRDA 3175Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance II
Two additional credits of courses in creative process/performance/theory from the following:
TRDA 2179Contact Improvisation
TRDA 2185Trends in Performance
TRDA 2192Repertory/Performance
TRDA 3156Dance & Arts Management
6 credits of electives in dance or production design taken from any of the above courses in dance or the following:
TRDA 1015Understanding the Dance
TRDA 1017Movement Awareness
TRDA 2160Intermediate Ballet II
TRDA 2161Intermediate Ballet II
TRDA 2162Intermediate/Advanced Ballet I
TRDA 2163Intermediate/Advanced Ballet II
TRDA 2193Dance Styles I
TRDA 3331Introduction to Lighting
TRDA 4596Independent Study
TRDA 4598Internship
TRDA 4599Honors Thesis

The general education curriculum of Columbian College engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that meaningfully enhance their analytical skills, that develop communication competencies, and that invite them to participate as responsible citizens, attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

Course work for the general education curriculum includes 24 credits of approved analytic courses in quantitative and scientific reasoning and in critical and creative thinking. Students engage diverse viewpoints by incorporating 3 credits of courses into that program that include global or cross-cultural perspectives and 3 credits that include local/civic engagement. Students must also demonstrate written and oral communication skills through 13 credits of approved course work.

The general education curriculum is a “living curriculum” and therefore will change from year to year. Courses added to the curriculum are generally available to students immediately after being approved; some are phased in as deemed appropriate. As such, it is essential that students consult with their professional academic advisors. The basic distribution of the curriculum follows.

Analysis—3 credits in mathematics or statistics (quantitative reasoning); 6 credits in natural and/or physical laboratory sciences (scientific reasoning); 6 credits in social sciences (quantitative, scientific, critical, or creative thinking); 6 credits in humanities (critical or creative thinking); 3 credits in art: visual, performing, critical, or historical practices (critical or creative thinking).

Perspective—3 credits that include a global or cross-cultural perspective; 3 credits that include local/civic engagement

Communication—4 credits in UW 1020 University Writing; 2 Writing in the Disciplines (WID) courses; 3 credits in oral communication. Note: UW 1020 University Writing must be taken before enrolling in the WID courses, and the WID courses must be taken in separate semesters. One of the two WID courses may double count toward the Analysis and/or Perspective course work. The oral communication course may count toward the Analysis and/or Perspective requirements, or it may be met through major requirements.

Courses taken to fulfill any of the general education requirements may also be counted toward the major. With some exceptions made for transfer students, courses fulfilling these requirements must be completed in residence at the University. A full list of approved courses is maintained by the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

In addition to meeting the general requirements stated under University Regulations, candidates for graduation with Special Honors in Theatre or Dance must have a grade-point average of 3.4 in the major and complete TRDA 4599 Honors Thesis with a grade of A. They must consult with a faculty advisor at the beginning of the second semester of the junior year to determine eligibility, area of study, and the director of the research or creative project.