Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018


Dance (DAN) with a concentration in Dance Studies (DAS)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 50.0301 - Track 1 of 2

College of The Arts


Major Description

The focus of this degree is to enable the student to combine dance with another area of interest and encourage the development of an individualized program of study through the selection of general education requirements as well as a focused selection of elective courses. The selection of electives should be designed to provide each student with the maximum value of a liberal arts education within a focused area of study. A student with additional interest in another field (e.g., African Studies, Anthropology, Communications, Education, History, Psychology, Religious Studies, Theatre, Women's Studies, etc.) should complete focused study in that area along with the core of study in dance. Each student is required to develop a final independent project incorporating dance with his or her focused study. Dance students must continue to take at least one technique course each semester. At the end of the third semester, the faculty will determine if appropriate progression has been made for continuation in the B.A. Dance major.

Limited Access - This major has additional admissions requirements as listed in this section.

The B.A. in Dance is a limited access program and is designed to provide students with a comprehensive core of study in Studio Technique, Choreographic Studies, and Dance Theory.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

Although credit or elective credit toward the major will be given for these courses, placement in upper-level technique classes will continue to be based on individual proficiency. Other technique courses in other styles of dance may be accepted toward the major on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the university. Transfer dance credits must be evaluated by faculty and dance advisor at time of entrance.

  • DAN X603 or DAN X610 (2 credit hours)
  • TPA X200 or TPA X223 or TPA X232 (3 credit hours)
  • DAA X200-X209 (9 credit hours)
    • up to 10 credit hours of any lower-level Ballet Technique courses within the X200-X209 taxonomy
  • DAA X100-X109 (9 credit hours)
    • up to 10 credit hours of any lower level-Modern Technique courses within the X100-X109 taxonomy

Total Major Hours: 64-72 Hours

Concentration Core Courses - 49-57 Hours

Studio Technique (19-27 semester hours)

Creative Studio (13 semester hours)

Dance Studies (17 semester hours)

Concentration Elective Courses - 15 Hours

Students choose 15 credits hours of focused electives in the other area of interest in consultation with the advisor.

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements


  1. All students will be evaluated periodically by the faculty and critiqued each semester and will participate in progress conferences with the faculty.
  2. If a student evidences deficiency in some area or in continuing progress toward the degree, the student may be placed on probation within the Dance program.
  3. Failure to make satisfactory progress after being placed on probation shall constitute grounds for program recommendation to drop and discontinue the major.

Additional Standards

In addition to meeting the specific requirements and standards discussed above, the student and advisor will periodically evaluate the student's general progress. Students are required to meet with the Academic Advisor in Dance each semester. An unsatisfactory rating in one or more of the following areas could place the student on probation. A student on probation is given a specific amount of time to achieve a satisfactory rating before being dropped from the major program. The criteria include:

  1. Appropriate academic progress.
  2. Adequate technical skills and adaptability.
  3. B average in major studio classes.
  4. Physical conditioning that includes: nutrition, flexibility, strength, and healthful weight management necessary to facilitate safe technical and artistic expression.
  5. Class probation and program probation require review, i.e., reinstatement in good standing or recommendation to drop major.

Major Course Grade Requirement

A student must receive a C grade or better in required prerequisite courses and major course for Dance majors. Should a student fail to do so, the course(s) in which the student receives D or F grades must be repeated and a C grade or better earned.

Concentration Grade Requirement

A student must receive a C grade or better in required courses for Dance majors. Should a student fail to do so, the course(s) in which the student receives D or F grades must be repeated and a C grade or better earned. 

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