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.

Program-specific curriculum:

Required
Production design
3 credits from the following:
Basics of Production Design
Dance technique
15 credits from the following:
Beginning Modern/Postmodern Dance
Beginning/Intermediate Modern/Postmodern Dance
Intermediate Modern/Postmodern Dance I
Intermediate Modern/Postmodern Dance II
Intermediate/Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance I
Intermediate/Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance II
Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance I
Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance II
Creative process, performance, and theory
17 credits from the following:
Movement Improvisation/Performance
Trends in Performance
Repertory/Performance
Career Strategies for the Dance Artist
Dance Composition I
Dance Composition II
Choreography and Performance
Elective credits in theatre and dance
4 credits from the following:
Dean's Seminar
Understanding the Dance
Beginning Ballet
Beginning/Intermediate Ballet
Intermediate Ballet
African Dance
World Dance
Dance History
Dance History
Dance Styles I
Dance Styles II
Global Dance History
Theatre Practicum
Embodied Kinesis for Dance
Introduction to Lighting
Personal Aesthetics II: The Environment
Selected Topics
Selected Topics
Independent Study
Internship
Honors Thesis

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors in Theatre or Dance, students 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 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.