Jul 13, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

Dance: Somatic Studies Minor

Minor code ORDNCS

College of Fine Arts  
School of Dance  
Putnam Hall 137
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1828

Travis Gatling, contact person

Program Overview

Somatic studies in dance considers the particular bodily kinesthetic knowledge that dancers develop in the course of their education. Students perform physical activities and analyze movement practices from a variety of somatic theory perspectives, learning about the body’s operations through both theory and practice. Study in the minor augments degree work in psychology, prephysical therapy, exercise physiology, recreational therapy, and physical education.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

To become a dance minor in somatic studies you must have sophomore standing, a 3.0 GPA in your major discipline or field of study, and come to the School of Dance to meet with an advisor. No audition is required.

Change of Program Policy

Admission to the Minor in Dance Somatic Studies is by application. To apply, students should fill out the online form “College of Fine Arts Application for Update of Academic Program”: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_25DjACpmC4WKV7v

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements and requirements stated above.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Concentrated study in the somatic studies minor helps prepare for employment or graduate work in dance therapy, clinical psychology, physical therapy, dance kinesiology and recreational therapy.


Minor Hours Requirement

The dance: somatic studies minor requires a minimum of 21 hours.

Studio Dance Technique

Complete at least 3 credit hours in studio dance technique courses at the 2000-level or above. Prerequisite courses must be met and are not part of the minor.

Dance Theory and Somatic Studies

Complete the following courses:

Complete a minimum of one hour in one of the following courses: