College of the Arts and Sciences – Arts and Humanities
T he Department of Dance offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts
for undergraduates. The BFA in Dance provides a
comprehensive education across the field of contemporary
The department offers an undergraduate BFA degree in
which students develop their knowledge and skills through
courses in modern and ballet techniques, performance,
dance with a core focus on the dancing experience. An choreography, dance description and notation, technology,
accredited member of the National Association of Schools education, history, and production. With this foundation and
of Dance, the Department of Dance offers students a solid faculty mentorship, students design an individual focus in
foundation in modern and ballet techniques, performance, the junior year. Areas of focus include, but are not limited
choreography, Laban studies, dance education, history, to, performance, education, choreography, and dance and
and technology. Beginning in the junior year, students technology. Students also have the option of following a
have the opportunity to declare an individual focus such as broad-based general dance track. In addition to their dance
performance, choreography, or education. courses, students also take general education courses in the
arts, sciences, and humanities.
The curriculum is designed to be demanding by challenging
our students’ technical, creative, and analytic abilities. Our Students can venture into courses such as partnering,
students are partners in their own education providing focus, development of Western and classical dance, African-based
energy, skill, and creativity. dance forms, dance documentation, dance dynamics, and
dance technologies. Students also may conduct historical
Pursuing Dance at Ohio State research, where dance is studied in its social, historical, and
Acceptance into the dance program is contingent upon cultural framework.
the successful completion of the applicant’s high school
college preparatory program and an on-campus audition. All dance majors must earn a minimum grade of C- in any
The purpose of the audition is to determine the applicant’s required dance course.
level of basic skills in ballet and modern dance. Notification
of audition dates will be sent upon written request of the For further educational opportunities, the Department of
Department of Dance. Dance also features a top ranked graduate program offering
MFA and PhD degrees.
In addition to successfully completing an on-campus
audition, students must also be admitted to the university. Educational Objectives
The primary criteria for admission are the completion of Students majoring in Dance will achieve the following
the applicant’s high school college preparatory program, learning outcomes:
performance in that program as indicated by class rank • Students should have a solid foundation in a breadth of
and/or grade-point average, and performance on either contemporary dance techniques.
the ACT or SAT. Other high-ability students may become - Upon graduation, students will exhibit an advanced
eligible for honors or scholars courses by demonstrating degree of proficiency in the contemporary dance
academic achievement once they have started college work. techniques taught in the department.
- Students will be able to translate technical
A minimum of 181 quarter hours are required to complete proficiency from the studio to a performance context.
the degree requirements in dance. Of these, approximately • Students will be able to synthesize skills and
60 will be used to meet the GEC requirements. knowledge from the department’s diverse curricular
areas including Laban studies, choreography, history,
Core education requirements for a BFA in Dance: education, technology, performance and technique.
• Technique (modern and ballet) - Students will apply skills and knowledge attained in
• Composition/Choreography one course to a new context in another course.
• Somatic techniques - Students will exhibit intermediate/advanced
• Performance proficiency in each of the curricular areas.
• History • Students will be able to provide well-considered,
• Production analytical feedback to their peers in regards to
• Improvisation performance and choreography.
• Music skills - Students will be able to produce thorough written
• Education analysis of his or her own work and the work of
• Laban studies others.
For more information, check these web sites:
Department of Dance: dance.osu.edu Admissions: undergrad.osu.edu
Arts and Humanities: artsandhumanities.osu.edu Multicultural Center: multiculturalcenter.osu.edu
Ohio State: osu.edu First Year Experience Program: fye.osu.edu
Curriculum Sample Co-Curricular Opportunities
This is a sample list of classes a student will take to Ohio State offers many opportunities for students to learn and grow
pursue a degree in Dance. Since university students outside of the classroom. These range from cooperative education (co-
need more than a specific education in a narrow field, op) and internships to study abroad programs to student organizations.
they also will take classes to complete the General Co-ops and internships place students in professional environments
Education Curriculum (GEC). The GEC will allow
students to develop the fundamental skills essential
while they are Ohio State students. Ohio State offers more than 100
to collegiate success across major programs. Course study abroad programs in 40 countries around the world. In addition,
work options satisfying the GEC often come from a there are hundreds of student organizations on campus to meet the
variety of academic areas of study allowing students interests of a diverse student population.
to tailor their GEC toward their interests. Note: This
sample represents one of several possible paths to a These opportunities enable students to gain valuable work experience,
degree in Dance. learn about other cultures, and take on leadership roles before they
enter the workforce. All of these experiences enhance learning and may
Freshman Year: provide an advantage in the job market.
Modern Dance Technique 6
Ballet Dance Technique 6
Dance History 8 • Opportunities in the Arts and Humanities:
Composition 2 artsandhumanities.osu.edu
Dance Production 3 • Opportunities at the Wexner Center: wexarts.org
Dance & Technology 3 • Learning communities for art majors: housing.osu.edu/lc.asp
Dance Survey 1
Music Skills 2 Honors & Scholars Programs
GEC courses 15 The Honors Program offers students the opportunity to pursue bachelor’s
Total hours 48 degrees “with distinction” or “with honors.” Honors students benefit
from the smaller size and more challenging approach of honors classes,
Modern Dance Technique 6 work with faculty honors advisors, have access to priority scheduling,
Ballet Dance Technique 6 receive the honors newsletter, and are eligible for honors housing.
Notation 6 Please visit honors-scholars.osu.edu for more information on the Arts
Repertory/Performance 5 Honors Program or the Arts Interdisciplinary Scholars Program.
Dance Lighting 3
Dance Education 3
Somatics 2 Career Prospects in Dance
Kinesiology 3 Undergraduate students who obtain the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in
GEC courses 15 Dance are prepared to enter the dance profession in a variety of areas
Total hours 49 including, but not limited to, performance, choreography, production,
Junior Year:* lighting, dance and technology, and dance education. Ohio State has
Ballet Dance Technique 6 produced graduates of high caliber who have gone on to successful
Modern Dance Technique 6 performing careers with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Twyla Tharp
Dance Methodology 3 Dance Company, Merce Cunningham Company, Ron Brown, Stephen
Kinesiology 3 Petronio, Senta Driver, Mark Morris, Sweden’s Cullberg Dance Company,
Advising Colloquium 1
Additional dance/related courses 13 and Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company. Others such as Senta Driver,
GEC courses 15 Dianne McIntyre, Lynn Dally, Bebe Miller, and Timothy Buckley have
Total hours 47 built successful careers as choreographers. Ohio State students have
also gone on to careers as dance notators, historians, movement
Senior Year:* analysts, or as specialists in dance productions.
Ballet Dance Technique 6
Modern Dance Technique 6
Senior Project 4
Experiential Learning 3
Advising Colloquium 1
Additional dance/related courses 12
GEC courses 15
Total hours 47
*Upon completing the foundational dance require-
ments, students have an additional 25 credit hours Revised August 2009. For the most up-to-date information on the
to design their own focus or to follow a broad-based dance program, please visit dance.osu.edu.
general dance curriculum.
Department of Dance | 022 Sullivant Hall
1813 North High Street | Columbus, Ohio 43210-1307
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