Degree Requirements

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 dance improvisation and composition, history and philosophy of dance, Laban Movement Analysis, dance science, music for dance, creative dance for children, dance production, and independent study options. An audition is required for admission to the B.A. program in dance. 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

Written Communication - Core Skill and Critical Inquiry

  • Composition. Satisfied by: ENGL 101, ACT English score of 27 or above or SAT English score of 600 or above, AP English Literature & Composition score of 3 or above, or equivalent transfer course. Requirement must be completed during initial term of admission at KU.
  • Critical Reading and Writing. Satisfied by: ENGL 102, or ENGL 105 (Honors), AP English Literature & Composition score of 4 or above, or an equivalent transfer course. Requirement must be completed within the first academic year at KU.
  • Sophomore Reading and Writing II. Satisfied by: ENGL 203, or ENGL 205 (Honors), ENGL 209, or ENGL 210 or ENGL 211, or ENGL 362, or AP English Literature & Composition score of 5 or above, or an equivalent
  • Mathematics. Satisfied by: MATH 101
  • Communications. Satisfied by: COMS 130.

Second Language Study - Exploration of One's Own & Diverse Cultures. (Levels) Satisfied by completing a fourth-level course in one world language; completing a world language course that has a fourth-semester-level course as a prerequisite; passing AP scores vary by language, or passing the proficiency examination in one world language. Advising Alert: Students whose native language is not English may be exempt if they can show that the high school they attended taught in a language other than English. Approved courses may be searched for availability through Kyou portal.

Western Civilization - Exploration of One's Own and Diverse Cultures. Advising Alert: Requires sophomore-level standing. Courses at other universities may have the same title but may not meet this requirement.

  • Western Civilization I - Ancient, Medieval & Early Modern Periods of Western Civilization. Satisfied by: HWC 204 or HWC 114 (Honors).
  • Western Civilization II - Modern Western Civilization. Satisfied by: HWC 205 or HWC 115 (Honors).

Biology. Satisfied by: BIOL 100 and BIOL 102.

Humanities - Understanding the Human Condition. Satisfied by completing 11 hours in the Humanities (requirement code H). Six of these hours must be fulfilled by THR 215, THR 220, or THR 224, and MUSC 136/MUSC 336.

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Understanding Society and Behavior. Satisfied by completing 9 hours in the Social Sciences (requirement code S). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.

Non-Western Culture. Satisfied by: Completing one of the approved courses with a requirement code NW. Availability of courses can be found through the schedule of classes on the Kyou portal.

General Electives. Satisfied by completing 9 hours of approved courses.

Dance Technique . Students may choose 16 hours from among the following, but must take at least the following:

One semester of level III in jazz. Course must be taken once for full credit, and may be taken for variable credit thereafter.

Two semesters of level III in ballet and two semesters of level III in modern. Courses must be taken twice for full credit and may be taken for variable credit thereafter.

Dance Performance

  • University Dance Company. Satisfied by 2 hours of DANC 320.

Dance Composition

Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas.

  • Dance Improvisation. Satisfied by 2 hours of DANC 150.
  • Choreography: Structured Solos. Satisfied by 2 hours of DANC 250.
  • Choreography: Group Forms. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 350.
  • Environmental Choreography. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 450.

Dance Theory

Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas.

  • Rhythms and Structures of Music. Satisfied by 1 hour of DANC 210.
  • Approaches to World Dance. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 330.
  • Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 340.
  • Musculoskeletal Concepts for Dancers. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 370.
  • Ideokinesis. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 375.
  • Dance for Children. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 430.
  • Dance History: Research and Reconstruction. Satisfied by 3 hours of DANC 460.
  • Practicum in: _____. Satisfied by 1 hour of DANC 530.

Senior Project. Satisfied by completion of 3 hours of DANC 550.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
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.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for dance.

Contact Info

Department of Dance

Robinson Center
1301 Sunnyside Ave., Room 251
Lawrence, KS 66045-7520
785-864-4264
kudance@ku.edu
http://www.dance.ku.edu/
Michelle Heffner Hayes, Chair
785-864-4264
mhayes@ku.edu
Jerel Hilding, Undergraduate Advisor
785-864-4264
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