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undergraduate degrees

 

 

Image of dancer jumping in black and white by Gregory R.R. CrosbyAll CSULB Dance majors begin in the BA in Dance program.  This program provides a balanced course of study for students, and allows for the most flexibility in serving individual needs and interests for particular professional paths.  While attending CSULB, dance majors have the opportunity to enter one of the other degree programs offered depending on their interests and abilities.  Both the BA, Option in Dance Science and the BFA require students to achieve particular milestones before switching degrees.  For the BA, Option in Dance Science, students must pass DANC 260 and 261 with a grade of B or better before submitting a Change of Major form to Program Coordinator Karen Clippinger and Chair Andy Vaca.  For the BFA, students must apply to audition after completing several courses with a grade of B or better.  Each of these degrees, and the Minor in Dance, or more thoroughly explained below.  For more detailed information regarding Advising, please visit Major Advising.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Dance


All students enter the Department of Dance in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Dance program, providing students with a balanced course of study that prepares them for careers in dance as performers, educators, arts administrators, health and fitness specialists, and/or graduate study in dance while providing opportunities for study in specific areas of personal interest. 


Student Learning Outcomes, BA in Dance

  1. Majors will develop competency in modern dance and ballet, enabling them to pursue careers in education, health and fitness, professional arenas, or to further their academic dance pursuits.
  2. Majors will gain an overview of the historical, cultural, and scientific dimensions of dance.
  3. Majors will have explored the fundamental skills and techniques necessary for the public performance of dance.
  4. Majors will have practical experience in the production and technological aspects of dance.
  5. Majors will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the craft and aesthetic qualities of dance orally, practically, and in writing.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Dance, Option in Dance Science


The BA in Dance, Option in Dance Science, offers a course of study combining dance with specific kinesiology and science courses for students interested in teaching careers in dance, dance medicine, careers in dance fitness, or graduate education in the areas of dance science or related dance studies. Students interested in the BA in Dance, Option in Dance Science should meet with Program Coordinator Karen Clippinger no later than the start of their 2nd year (earlier for transfer students).  To enter this program, students must pass DANC 260 (Functional Anatomy for the Dancer) and DANC 261 (Anatomy in Clay Laboratory) with a grade of B or better before submitting a Change of Major form to Prof. Clippinger and Chair Andy Vaca.
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Student Learning Outcomes
B.A. in Dance, Option in Dance Science

  1. Majors will be able to perform a qualitative anatomical analysis of standing alignment and key dance vocabulary, as well as provide exercises and cues for their improvement.
  2. Majors will be able to execute and cue Pilates repertoire designed to enhance dance performance, movement coordination and physical conditioning.
  3. Majors will demonstrate an understanding of key anatomical and biomechanical principles for preventing dance injuries and promoting optimal technique when training as dancers or teaching dance technique.
  4. Majors will attain an understanding of theoretical and practical scientific concepts of movement to help prepare them for pursuing further degrees or certifications in dance science or related fields.
  5. Majors will develop competency in modern dance and ballet, enabling them to pursue careers in education, health and fitness, professional arenas, or to further their academic dance pursuits.
  6. Majors will gain an overview of the historical, cultural, and scientific dimensions of dance.
  7. Majors will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the craft and aesthetic qualities of dance orally, practically, and in writing.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance


Image of Colleen Hendrix in costume from Adamant by Rubí Morales. Photo by Gregory R.R. CrosbyThe Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Dance is designed to prepare students for professional careers as performers and/or choreographers.  All students wishing to pursue the B.F.A. in Dance must demonstrate strong technical skill, and must audition for faculty with a solo of original choreography and a short interview.  Students are eligible to audition after completing the following course work with a grade of “B” or better:

  • DANC 120
  • Six units from DANC 152 and/or 252
  • Six units from DANC 154 and/or 254
  • One unit from 181A, 181B, 381A, 381B (a “crew” unit)

If students are within 3 weeks of completing the requirements, they may audition with a signed Grade In Progress from their current technique teacher, improvisation teacher, and/or production supervisor. These signatures should appear on the B.F.A. application. Students may not apply after they have completed more than 90 units. B.F.A. auditions occur each semester, and students may only audition twice for entrance into this degree program.  For more information, see B.F.A. Mentor, Keith Johnson.

Student Learning Outcomes
BFA in Dance, approved November 1, 2012

  1. Majors will demonstrate proficient skills and technique in modern dance and ballet, with competency in jazz dance and/or other forms, enabling them to pursue professional dance careers.
  2. Majors will demonstrate competencies in choreographic processes that support the development of creative and collaborative professional opportunities.
  3. Majors will demonstrate substantial knowledge of the historical and scientific dimensions of dance, to give depth and perspective to the performance and pedagogical aspects of the dance discipline.
  4. Majors will develop and demonstrate current methods and relevant strategies necessary to pursue professional careers in dance and dance-related fields.
  5. Majors will demonstrate the skills necessary to analyze and review dance, both orally and in writing the history, concepts and aesthetic qualities of dance.
  6. Majors will demonstrate selected practical skills in the production and technological aspects of dance.

Minor in Dance

Image Habeel Abdulhusain in a hip hop costume from Colleen Dunagan's Coil. Photo by Gregory R.R. CrosbyIn Fall of 2016, the Department of Dance will begin accepting CSULB students to a newly revised Minor in Dance.  In order to know more about the New Minor, click below to read the New Minor in Dance requirements and/or watch the slideshow regarding the New Minor in Dance.  Students interested in minoring in Dance should contact Interim Dance Undergraduate Advisor Kirsten Sumpter (kirsten.sumpter@csulb.edu) before visiting their major advisor and requesting to add the Minor in Dance.  Students must complete 6 units in Dance before acceptance to the new Minor in Dance.

A feature of the New Minor in Dance is that students no longer need to pass the Department audition in order to declare the Minor.  However, Minors wishing to take dance major-level technique courses and/or perform in Department concerts must pass the Minor Technique Screening in order to do so (students who began as Dance Majors and changed their major may take major-level technique classes and audition for Department concerts without taking the Minor Technique Screening only if they have successfully declared the Minor in Dance).  The Minor Technique Screening occurs alongside the Department auditions in February and August.  Only students eligible to enter the Minor in Dance in Fall 2016 (will have completed at least 6 units in Dance) may take the Minor Technique Screening in February of 2016 in order to enroll in major-level technique classes and/or perform in Department concerts beginning in Fall 2016.  For more information regarding the Minor Technique Screening, please read the slideshow about the New Minor in Dance, below.