Recommended Academic Plan for Bachelor of Dance (DANCE_BS) (University Park) 120 minimum credits

Spring 2017 (last Senate update)

Semester 1

Course DetailsCredits
DANCE 100 - Dance Appreciation GA; US; IL)Notes for: Dance 100

Dance 100

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
THEA 001S - First-Year Seminar or Another Freshman SeminarNotes for: THEA 001S

THEA 001S

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
THEA 100 - The Art of the Theatre (GA;US;IL)Notes for: Thea 100

Thea 100

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or THEA 105 - Introduction to Theatre (GA)Notes for: THEA 105

THEA 105

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
PSYCH 100 (GS)Notes for: PSYCH 100

PSYCH 100

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
ENGL 15 - Rhetoric and Composition (GWS)

ENGL 15

3
DANCE Course SelectionNotes for: Dance

Dance

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1.5-3
Total credits 14.5-16

Semester 2

Course DetailsCredits
KINES 180 - Introduction to KinesiologyNotes for: KINES 180

KINES 180

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
THEA 289 - Theatre Production PracticumNotes for: THEA 289

THEA 289

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
THEA 132 - Survey of Theatre Production PracticeNotes for: Thea 132

Thea 132

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
DANCE 270 - Introduction to Bartenieff Fundamentals (GHA)

Dance 270

3
DANCE Course SelectionNotes for: Dance Selection

Dance Selection

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1.5-3
NUTR 100 - Contemporary Nutrition Concerns (GHA)Notes for: NUTR 100

NUTR 100

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1.5
Elective

Elective

.5-3
Total credits 13.5-17.5

Semester 3

Course DetailsCredits
DANCE 210WNotes for: Dance 210W

Dance 210W

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
DANCE 370 - Anatomy for Performers (GN)Notes for: DANCE 370

DANCE 370

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
KINES 202 - Functional Human AnatomyNotes for: KINES 202

KINES 202

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
4
BBH 203 - Neurological Bases of Human BehaviorNotes for: BBH 203

BBH 203

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or PSYCH 260 - Neurological Bases of Human BehaviorNotes for: PYSCH 260

PYSCH 260

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
THEA 102 - Fundamentals of ActingNotes for: THEA 102

THEA 102

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
DANCE course selectionNotes for: DANCE selection

DANCE selection

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1.5
Total credits 17.5

Semester 4

Course DetailsCredits
DANCE 361 - Intermediate Modern Dance I (GA)Notes for: DANCE 361

DANCE 361

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1.5
DANCE course selectionNotes for: Dance selection

Dance selection

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
BIOL 11 - Introductory Biology I (GN)Notes for: BIOL 11

BIOL 11

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
THEA 407 - Women and Theatre (US)Notes for: THEA 407

THEA 407

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or WMST 407 - Women and Theatre (US)Notes for: WMST 407

WMST 407

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
General Education Selection (GS)

Gen Ed

3
Total credits 13.5

Semester 5

Course DetailsCredits
CAS 100 - Effective Speech (GWS)

CAS 100

3
DANCE 362 - Intermediate Modern Dance II (GA)

DANCE 362

1.5
DANCE course selectionNotes for: DANCE

DANCE

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1.5
THEA Elective

Elective

3
General Education Selection (GH)

Gen Ed

3
General Education Selection (GQ)

Gen Ed

3
Total credits 15

Semester 6

Course DetailsCredits
THEA 408 - History of American Musical Theatre (US)Notes for: THEA 408

THEA 408

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
General Education Selection (GS)

Gen Ed

3
General Education Selection (GN)

Gen Ed

3
DANCE course selectionNotes for: DANCE

DANCE

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Elective

Elective

3
Total credits 15

Semester 7

Course DetailsCredits
General Education Selection (GN)

Gen Ed

3
ENGL 202 - Effective Writing (GWS)

ENGL 202

3
DANCE Course Selection Notes for: DANCE

DANCE

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Elective

Elective

3
Elective

Elective

3
Total credits 15

Semester 8

Course DetailsCredits
General Education Selection (GH)

Gen Ed

3
DANCE Course SelectionNotes for: DANCE

DANCE

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
4
Elective

Elective

3
Elective

Elective

3
General Education Selection (GQ)

Gen Ed

3
Total credits 16

Additional Notes

The BS in Dance degree is specially designed as a comprehensive study of all elements of Dance, focusing on elements of the artistry and sciences of the body serve to create a more well rounded performer. Students are encouraged to have a concurrent major with any other area of study. Students are encouraged to consider how their concurrent majors will result in career enhancement, for example kinesiology and dance or education and dance. Students will learn to analyze, generate, and influence creativity in their workplaces and their lives. This program will also emphasize the broadening impact of the intersection of the arts and sciences. Students are strongly encouraged to spend Maymester abroad in the dance program's international trip to Ireland.

Unlike the BFAs in Musical Theatre, Design and Technology, and Acting, this degree is designed to allow and encourage exploration by the student, working closely with their adviser. As a student's perspectives and career goals may change over the course of their four years at Penn State, this program is flexible in order to support those changes. Equally, unlike the BA in Theatre, which is a liberal arts based program, the BS focuses on courses that enhance the student's professional aspirations and encourage students to see the "theatricality of the body," the artistic applications of scientific information on the body, and the scientific aspect of artistry. Students who successfully complete the program will be prepared to use their skills in presentation, design, analysis, and critical thinking in every phase of their profession development.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Entrance to the major is achieved by audition and interview with the dance faculty. Video auditions and internet interviews can be arranged.

For the Bachelor of Science in Dance a minimum of 120 credits is required.

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# Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.
* Course requires a grade of 'C' or better.
† Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.

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