The undergraduate curriculum, which leads toward a B.A. degree in Dance, offers students a solid foundation in the core areas of the discipline as well as insights into cross-disciplinary fields of study. Course work is designed to help students become skillful, articulate, expressive movers; find their own voice as creative artists; develop the ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment; and grow in their conceptual understanding of dance as an art form in relation to the other arts.
The cornerstones of the curriculum are foundational course work in the first two years, and immersion in project-based learning and in a chosen area of emphasis in the junior and senior years. Foundational sequences in technique and in the creative process, which integrate conceptual understanding of dance as an art form in relation to the other arts, are at the core of the discipline. Through these fundamental practices of the discipline, students gain not only necessary skills, but also embodied knowledge of the field.
The project based learning experiences in the junior and senior years engage students in interdisciplinary and/or cross-cultural work and offer in-depth exploration of a theme from a performance, choreographic, and theory perspective. In addition, students select an area of emphasis in performance and choreography or in production.