Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Dance, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Rock 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

If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

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


Rock Studies Requirements42
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.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

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.

Co-Curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester)
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty research
  4. Student leadership development
  5. Guest Artist Residencies and Repertory experiences
  6. Career education and development
  7. Internships
  8. Field Experiences
  9. Summer Dance Intensives and workshops

Dance - BA (5153)
This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revision date: 12-2019
UCC 9.24.2019

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

Recommended Rock Studies Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
DANC 101 Wellness for Dancers 3
DANC 220 Modern Dance Technique: Level II 1 2
DANC 221 Ballet II 1 2
DANC 222 Jazz Dance II (Or Computer Competency Requirement) 1-2
SUBJ 139University Seminar 2 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
DANC 224 Improvisation 3
DANC 216 Principles of Dance Production 3
DANC 220 Modern Dance Technique: Level II 1 2
DANC 221 Ballet II 1 2
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Determine additional 3-4 credits of core requirements from one of these groups: 3-4
Dance Theory and Practice (Technique); Composition and Technology Social and Historical Perspectives. These courses will be listed as electives in upcoming semesters 5
Second Year
DANC 200 Dance Composition I 3
DANC 298 Selected Topics 2
DANC 320 Modern Dance Technique: Level III 1 2
Select one of the following: 2-3
Dance Technology 6  
Jazz Dance II  
Ballet III  
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Social Science Inquiry 3
Note: Taking more than 18 credits requires an additional fee  
Declare a Thematic Thread 3  
DANC 199 LMA/Performance Techniques 3
DANC 223 Creative Dance for Children 3
DANC 299
Dance Rehearsal and Production
or Dance Rehearsal and Production
DANC 320 Modern Dance Technique: Level III 1 2
DANC 324 Music for Dance 3
Select one of the following: 3
Society and Social Dance (Thread)  
Dance in the Political World (Thread)  
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
Third Year
DANC 420 Modern Dance Technique: Level IV 2
Select one of the following: 2
Jazz Dance II (Elective) 1  
Ballet III (Elective) 1  
Select one of the following: 3-5
Repertory (Elective)  
Dance Rehearsal and Production (Elective)  
Dance Technology 6  
Dance Composition II  
Dance in the Political World 4  
Contemporary Partnering 4  
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Language Requirement 3
DANC 326 Dance Kinesiology 3
DANC 419 Dance in Contemporary Times 3
DANC 420 Modern Dance Technique: Level IV 1 2
Language Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
DANC 499 Dance Rehearsal and Production (Elective) 1
Fourth Year
DANC 323 Teaching of Dance 3
DANC 350 Field Experience in Dance Technique 1
DANC 425 Senior Capstone I: Dance Research 3
DANC 499 Dance Rehearsal and Production (Elective) 1
Select a Dance Technique Elective (Ballet, Contemporary Partnering, Jazz Modern) 2
Language Requirement or Dance Elective 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
December Graduation  
 Total Hours**122-127
  • The BA in dance 1st majors will need to make sure they take a Rock Studies Thread that has DANC 305 or DANC 318. Students will need to register for DANC 305 or DANC 318 and this will count in Rock Studies and the major. *If dance is a student‘s second major then they need to select group 3: Social and Historical Perspectives to complete their requirements.
  • Proficiency Requirements allows the student to develop and demonstrate progression toward reaching departmental technique proficiency requirements and meeting performance competency accreditation standards for dance majors pursuing an undergraduate liberal arts degree.
  • Students must successfully complete DANC 420 Modern IV level competency in order to graduate.
  • Dance Elective courses provides opportunities for students to choose the coursework appropriate to their individual needs and interests; while remaining consistent with the goals and objectives of the liberal arts degree program being followed.

Major Code: 5153
Revision date: 01.21.2021

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.