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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Dance Major (B.A.)


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Major Code: BA5150

College of Fine Arts  
School of Dance, Film, and Theater   
Dance Division
Putnam Hall 137
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1828
Fax: 740.593.0749
dance@ohio.edu
www.ohio.edu/finearts/dance/

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts curriculum offers a program of broad study in dance within a liberal arts degree framework. The B.A. degree develops the dance skills necessary to perform and a facility in the use of principles and procedures that reflect an intellectual grasp of the art. The degree presents strong potential for interdisciplinary studies and provides the preparation for future graduate study. A required core curriculum in the first year emphasizes developing performance skills through the study of technique, and fostering creative abilities through the study of choreography. Other major coursework in dance provides a broad knowledge in dance history, ethnology, kinesiology, music, and the teaching of dance. The B.A. degree in dance also offers different possibilities for double majors with other disciplines in Arts and Sciences than the B.F.A. degree in dance.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

In addition to general admission requirements to Ohio University, the Dance Division requires a dance application and dance audition. Acceptance to the Dance major or minor program in choreography and performance is by talent audition. Auditions are scheduled to coordinate with various University application deadlines.

The audition class includes modern, ballet, and jazz portions, and improvisation. Each of these provides the dancer with an opportunity to demonstrate his or her talent, level of training, and aptitude for further study in dance. Auditionees are not expected to demonstrate proficiency in all techniques. The audition committee evaluates technical proficiency, physical strength and flexibility, spatial and rhythmic accuracy, and performance quality. Dancers should be prepared to take class in dance wear that allows freedom of movement. You will need to dance barefoot for the modern portion of the audition class and may bring ballet slippers or jazz shoes to wear for the ballet and jazz portions of class.

Although attending a scheduled audition is the best possible means of representing your talent, if you are unable to attend, please call our office at 740.593.1828 to discuss the possibility of other arrangements.

Change of Program Policy

Admission to the dance major or minor is by audition and application. Upon successful admission appropriate forms for the major or minor will need to be completed by the student in the School of Dance office or the College of Fine Arts office.

External Transfer Admission

In addition to University admission requirements, transfer students must complete a dance application and dance audition for consideration of admission to the school of Dance. Transfer students should contact our office at 740.593.1828 to discuss the audition class.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Approximately 70% of our graduates continue in the field of dance and related arts. Career opportunities available to the dance graduate include preparation and/or studies leading to the following:

  • Choreographer for concert, theater, video, film, fashion, or public events;
  • Dancer in companies or theatrical productions;
  • Company manager or arts administrator;
  • Studio teacher of children and adults in modern, ballet, jazz, African technique; teaching in university programs, K-12 programs;
  • Body-based therapeutic work such as pilates, Bartenieff Fundamentals, massage therapy, physical therapy, exercise physiology, dance movement therapist;
  • Dance critic or dance-related cultural historian, writing in dance;
  • Graduate study in dance

Requirements

Major Hours Requirement

The Dance major requires a minimum of 120 hours.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements


To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the College of Fine Arts


View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Fine Arts. 

College of Fine Arts (COFA) B.A. Degree Requirements


B.A. Degree and Requirements

General requirements for a B.A. are

  1. a minimum of 120 semester hours;
  2. 57 hours of coursework above the 1999 level;
  3. the equivalent of two years of college-level foreign language;
  4. at least 9 hours each of humanities, social sciences, and 6 hours of natural sciences coursework;
  5. General Education Requirements —Tiers I, II, III; and
  6. all requirements stipulated by the school for the chosen major.

Minors are optional.

B.A. Degree Language Options

B.A.: Students must complete 2120 (or its equivalent). Students taking the Spanish, French, or German placement test and who test into 3110 will have fulfilled their foreign language requirement. The placement exam does not count as college credit. Students who test into 3110 are encouraged to take the course they placed into for college credit. These higher-level courses will count as humanities courses (and A&S 2000-level or higher) as well as towards a minor or major in the field.

Students who have prior knowledge of one of the following foreign languages should contact the academic departments listed below for test-out and placement information:

American Sign Language - Contact person: Becky Brooks - saunderb@ohio.edu - 740.654.6711 - Lancaster Campus

French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, or Russian - Modern Languages - Gordy Hall 283 - contact: modern.languages@ohio.edu - 740.593.2765

Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Kikuyu, Khmer, Somali, Sudanese Arabic, Swahili, Thai, Twi, Vietnamese, Wolof, or Zulu - Linguistics - Gordy Hall 383

Greek or Latin - Classics and World Religions - Contact person: Bill Owens owensb@ohio.edu - Ellis 210

Students who have prior knowledge of a foreign language not offered at Ohio University can opt to take the NYU Foreign 12-Point exam (approximate cost $350) to complete their foreign language requirement: www.scps.nyu.edu/academics/departments/foreign-languages/testing/process.html

International Students

For international students whose first or native language is not English, and who completed high school where the first or native language was the one primarily used for instruction, the foreign language requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating competence in English. This must be approved by the assistant dean in the College of Fine Arts, and it generally requires the successful completion of at least one or more courses in English as a foreign language.

You may also satisfy the foreign language requirement by taking a foreign language other than your own first language at Ohio University, or by successfully completing the NYU foreign language exam.

Enrollment in the beginning or intermediate level (under 3000) of your own first language(s) will be considered a noncredit course.

Please contact the Fine Arts Undergraduate Student Affairs office at 740.593.1808 for additional information.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements

Humanities Area Requirement*

The humanities requirement may be met by selecting 9 semester hours, excluding the major, from the following (if no courses are listed, all courses apply):

  1. African American Studies: AAS 1060 , 1100 , 1500 , 2100 , 2110 , 2500 , 3100 , 3170 , 3500 , 3520 , 3530 , 3550 , 3560 , 3570  
  2. Art: ART 1100 , 1200 , 1210 , 1220 , 1230 , 1240 , 1600 , 2640 , 3660  
  3. Art History: AH
  4. Classical Archaeology, except CLAR 2110 , 2120 , 2130  
  5. Classics in English (CLAS)
  6. College of Arts and Sciences: CAS 1110  
  7. Communication Studies: COMS 3601 , 3602 , 3603  
  8. Dance: DANC 1010 , 1020 , 1040 , 1050 , 1700 , 2235 , 2700 , 2710 , 3150 , 3550 , 4550 , 4710 , 4711 , 4750  
  9. English: except ENG D150 , D160 , 1510 , 1610 , 4510 , 4520 , 4911 , 4912  
  10. Film: FILM 2010 , 2020 , 2030 , 3400 , 3430 , 4440 , 4710 , 4720  
  11. Fine Arts: FAR 1500  
  12. Foreign language courses other than those used to complete the foreign language requirement and except FR 1199 , 4640 , JPN 3410 , and SPAN 1199  
  13. History: HIST 1210 , 1220 , 1221 , 2950 , 3111J  , 3140 , 3143 , 3144 , 3146 , 3148 , 3224  ,  3280 , 3290 , 3291 , 3292 3293  , 3390 , 3400 , 3501 , 3520  , 3531 , 3532  , 3533 , 3540 , 3541 , 3542 , 3543 , 3560 , 3562 , 3600 , 3601 , 3602 , 3650 , 3700 , 3860 , 3861 , 3864 , 3900 , 4536  
  14. Humanities: HUM 2070 , 2080 , 2170 , 2900  
  15. Interdisciplinary Arts: IART
  16. International Literatures in English, International Literature: Linguistics, and International Literature: Modern Languages except ILL 3890  
  17. Jewish Studies: (all), JS 1000 , 2100 , 2900  
  18. Modern Languages: ML 2910 , 3210J  , 3270J  
  19. Music/Music Literature: MUS 1200  or 1250 1240 , 3210 , 4210 , 4211 , 4212 , 4213 , 4214 , 4215 , 4216 , 4270 , 4280  
  20. Philosophy: except PHIL 1200  
  21. Portuguese: PORT 3110  , 3120  , 4110  , 4120 ,  
  22. Theater: THAR 1390 , 1710 , 1730 , 2130 , 2390 , 2710 , 2711 , 3396 , 3397 , 3398 , 4710  
  23. University Professor: UP 1901 , 1901U , 4901U  (class subjects vary; check Course Offerings for more information)
  24. Women’s and Gender Studies: except WGS 3910   
  25. World Religions: CLWR

Social Sciences Area Requirement*

The social sciences requirement may be met by a selection of 9 semester hours, excluding the major, from the following (if no courses are listed, all courses apply):

  1. African American Studies: AAS 1010 , 1900 , 2020 , 2200 , 2250 , 2540 3400 , 3410 , 3450 , 3460 , 3680 , 4400 , 4820  
  2. Anthropology: except ANTH 2010 , 3460 , 3550 , 4470 , 4480 , 4960 , and those listed as natural sciences below
  3. Business Law: BUSL 2000  , 2550  
  4. Classical Archaeology: CLAR 2110 , 2120 , 2130  
  5. College of Arts and Sciences: CAS 1120   
  6. Economics: ECON
  7. Environmental and Plant Biology: PBIO 2170  
  8. Geography: GEOG except those listed under Natural Sciences (see below)
  9. History: HIST except those listed under Humanities (see above)
  10. International Studies: INST
  11. International Literature: ILL 3890  
  12. Japanese: JPN 3410   
  13. Law, Justice, and Culture:  LJC 2000  
  14. Linguistics: LING
  15. Political Science: POLS
  16. Psychology: except PSY 1110 , 2110 , 2210 , 3110 , 3230  
  17. Social Work: SW
  18. Sociology: SOC
  19. University Professor: UP 1901S , 4901S  (class subjects vary; check Course Offerings for more information)
  20. Women’s and Gender Studies: WGS 3910  
  21. World Religions: CLWR 4340 , 4350  

Natural Sciences Area Requirement*

The natural sciences requirement may be met by selecting 6 semester hours, excluding the major, from the following (if no courses are listed, all courses apply):

  1. Anthropology: ANTH 2010 , 3460 , 3550 , 4470 , 4480 , 4960  
  2. Astronomy: ASTR
  3. Biological Sciences: BIOS
  4. Chemistry: except CHEM D015 , 1100 , 1150  
  5. Computer Science: CS 4160  
  6. Environmental and Plant Biology: except PBIO 2170  
  7. Geography: GEOG 1100 , 2680 , 2710 , 3010 , 3020 , 3030 , 3040 , 3050 , 3150 , 3160 , 3580 , 3650 4060 , 4070 , 4080 , 4090 , 4110 , 4130 4170 , 4660 , 4670 , 4712 , 4730  4760  
  8. Geological Sciences: GEOL
  9. Mathematics: except MATH D005 , 1090 , 1101 , 1102 , 1200 , 1300 , 1321 , 1322 , 4100  
  10. Physical Science: PSC
  11. Psychology: PSY 2110 , 2210 , 3110 , 3230  
  12. Physics: PHYS
  13. University Professor: UP 1901N , 4901N  (class subjects vary; check Course Offerings for more information)

*These listings must be used as the official guide for the completion of the Arts and Sciences area (distribution) requirements. Exceptions to the hour area distribution will be made only under the most unusual of circumstances and by petition only. Some courses from these categories may also be applied to the University Tier II requirements. However, the three area distributions differ in scope from the six Tier II groupings (Applied Science and Mathematics, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Fine Arts, Humanities and Literature, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences). If you wish to select a course that will apply to both area distributions and Tier II requirements, take care to choose a course that has been approved for the desired category in both the College and the University listings. (The list of courses approved for Tier II categories appears in the General Education Requirements  section of the catalog.) Courses that can fulfill Tier I quantitative skills, the freshman composition requirements and the Tier III requirement do not apply to the three area distribution requirements, except for MATH 1350  and PSY 2110  .

Level-of-Study Requirement

Hours at the 200 level or above: Within the total hours applied to the degree, at least 57 semester hours of courses must be above the freshman level (numbered above 1999). These courses are listed earlier in this section under humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and include foreign languages, courses from the department major, and courses taught by faculty in the College of Fine Arts or Arts and Sciences intended to meet the junior composition or Tier III requirement.

Single Application of Credit and Exceptions

Excluding the exceptions listed below, no course may satisfy more than one of the three area distribution requirements in foreign language, humanities, social sciences, or the major requirement. For example, a theater major may not apply any courses in theater toward the humanities area distribution requirement. Courses that fulfill freshman General Education Tier I requirements or Tier III will not apply to the three area distribution requirements. Tier III-equivalent courses may fulfill both major and Tier III requirements.

Exceptions are:

  • MATH 1350 , and PSY 2110  (will fulfill the Tier I quantitative requirement, as well as the natural science area distribution).
  • Courses required for a major, but outside the major department (extradepartmental) will be counted toward the area distribution requirement.
  • Courses required for a minor will be counted toward the area distribution requirement.
  • Junior-level advanced composition courses offered by departments within the College of Fine Arts or the College of Arts and Sciences  apply to the area distribution requirement except when they are required for the major.

Courses required for a second major may be used for the area distribution requirement.

Studio Dance Technique


Complete a minimum of one-year (2 semesters) of dance studio technique in addition to completion of the freshman dance major/minor requirements and demonstrate proficiency in a studio technique. Studio dance technique must be taken in sequence.

Complete two of the following courses:

Dance History, World Dance and Culture


Complete the following course:

Complete one of the following courses:


Complete one of the following courses:


Dance Kinesiology and Somatic Study


Complete the following course:

Complete one of the following courses:


Movement Analysis


Complete the following course:

Dance Pedagogy


Complete the following course:

Dance Production


Complete the following course:

Capstone


Complete the following course:

Dance Electives and Interdisciplinary Courses


Dance Electives


Complete a minimum of 10 hours, in consultation with your dance academic advisor. from the following areas:

  • Dance Studio Technique
  • Dance Composition/Improvisation
  • Dance Kinesiology and Somatic Studies
  • Dance Pedagogy
  • Dance History/World Dance and Culture
  • Dance Production

Interdisciplinary Electives


Complete a minimum of 9 hours in disciplines other than dance in consultation with your dance academic advisor.

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