Bachelor of Science in Dance

The Department of Dance offers curricula leading to bachelor of fine arts (BFA), bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (BS) degrees. The goal of the department is to provide comprehensive dance training within the liberal arts framework of the university. The study of dance involves intellectual, artistic, and physical development. The Department of Dance emphasizes all three areas of growth, a commitment made possible by the breadth of its curricular offerings and the depth of faculty expertise.

Facility with oral and written communication is one goal of a liberal arts education. Therefore, dance majors pursue a course of study to acquire a firm intellectual grasp of the theoretical, historical, and creative forces that shape dance as an art form.

Dance, unique in that it is also a physical form of communication, requires continual experience in its technical foundations. Students are expected and encouraged to experience a variety of forms of dance training and idioms. Production and pedagogy are also integral to the undergraduate core, because many students find careers in theater and teaching.

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Contemporary I
Contemporary II
Ballet I
Ballet II
Ballet III
Jazz I
Jazz II
African Dance
Special Studies: [Topic] (Hip-Hop I)
Special Studies: [Topic] (Hip-Hop II)
Dance Improvisation: [Topic]
Contact Improvisation: [Topic]
Lower-Division Courses
DAN 251Looking at Dance4
DAN 255Dance Production I3
Science and Somatics (Select One)3
Dance Somatics
Anatomy of Human Movement
History and Culture (Select Two)6
African Dance Aesthetics
Dance and Power
Contemporary Issues in Dance
Upper-Division Courses
DAN 351Dance Composition I3
DAN 352Dance Composition II3
DAN 355Dance Production II1
DAN 360Dance Kinesiology4
DAN 394Contemporary III (Three Times)9
DAN 494Contemporary IV (Three Times)9
DAN 407Seminar: [Topic]3
DAN 458Music for Dancers3
Performance Electives9
Dance Production II
Internship: [Topic]
Special Problems: [Topic]
Workshop: [Topic]
Student Dance Concert
Dance Composition III
Repertory Dance Company: Rehearsal
Repertory Dance Company: Touring
University Requirements and Electives105
Courses to fulfill university requirements for a bachelor's degree
Total Credits180

Students transferring to the UO as dance majors after two years of college work elsewhere should have completed courses for the UO BS mathematics requirement, two terms of college-level English composition, as many of the university’s general-education requirements as possible, and training in modern dance.