Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Dance, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Liberal Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Choreography: Students will create and organize movement into artistic and aesthetic choreography.
  • Communication and Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate and think critically in the areas of performance, choreography and teaching.
  • Cultural Diversity: Students will synthesize the social, political, and artistic role of dance in world cultures.
  • Degree Program Writing Competency: Utilizing appropriate vocabulary, grammar, research, and citation methods, students will demonstrate writing that is clear, cohesive, and relevant to the dance field.
  • Teaching: Students will demonstrate the ability to organize the knowledge, skills, aesthetics and art of dance into effective, ethical and responsible teaching practices.
  • Technique: Students will demonstrate mastery of the core concepts in dance technique and performance in DANC 420 (modern dance technique IV).
  • Wellness: Students will apply dance wellness principles in the areas of performance, teaching and choreography.

Related Links

Dance, BA Program Page

Dance Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 3.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.7 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Modern Language Requirement0-9
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements41-42

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours45-46

BA Modern Language Requirement

BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

Complete 0-9 credits0-9
Total Hours0-9

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 21 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 21 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Dance Core
DANC 101Wellness for Dancers 13
DANC 199LMA/Performance Techniques 13
DANC 200Dance Composition I 13
DANC 216Principles of Dance Production 13
DANC 223Creative Dance for Children 13
DANC 224Improvisation 13
DANC 298Selected Topics 12
DANC 323Teaching of Dance 13
DANC 324Music for Dance 13
DANC 326Dance Kinesiology 13
DANC 350Field Experience in Dance Technique 11
DANC 419Dance in Contemporary Times 13
DANC 420Modern Dance Technique: Level IV 12
DANC 425Senior Capstone I: Dance Research 13
Additional Core Requirements
Select 3 or 4 credits from one of the following groups:3-4
Group 1: Dance Theory and Practice (Technique)
Select two of the following courses bringing your total BA degree to 42 credit hours:
Ballet III 1
Jazz III 1
Contemporary Partnering 1
Group 2: Composition and Technology
Select one course bringing your total BA degree to 41 credit hours:
Dance Technology 1
Dance Composition II 1
Group 3: Social and Historical Perspectives
Select one course bringing your total BA degree to 42 credit hours:
Society and Social Dance 1
Dance in the Political World 1
Total Hours41-42

Competency Based Requirements for the BA in Dance Degree Program of Study

Dance Theory and Practice: Competency based assessment constitutes the specification of knowledge, physical ability (technique) and proficiency. The application and synthesis of practice and theory competencies are required for employment in the dance field. The assessments developed by dance technique faculty are rigorous which allows the department to meet the changing demands in the dance field. It is highly recommended that students accepted to the BA degree in Dance program at Slippery Rock University demonstrate technical proficiency requirements as indicated below:

  • Modern Dance (Level IV Proficiency required)
  • Ballet (Level III Recommended)
  • Jazz (Level III Recommended)

*Demonstrated achievement of technical proficiency in dance courses will be determined by performance-based assessment of candidates for the BA Degree in Dance from Slippery Rock University by dance technique faculty.

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Dance - BA (5153)
This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revision date: 12.2019
UCC 9.24.19