Dance, BA/BS

Program Description

The mission of the Dance program at Utah Tech State University is to provide a diverse population of students the opportunity to achieve their dance education goals by developing the skills of embodied practice and scholarly and creative inquiry. Offering a BA/BS degree, as well as a minor in Dance, the program provides students a broad understanding of dance as an academic and professional discipline through technical, creative, and contextual courses, which complement and reinforce one another. Dance program faculty actively engage with students in the classroom and provide mentorship in areas of professional interest. The program produces three mainstage concerts each year featuring student, faculty, and guest artist choreography and participates in the American College Dance Association regional conference.

Program Curriculum

120 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-16
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 2020 or higher foreign language course (grade C or higher)
- Complete a 3060 foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 16 transfer credits for GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (8) in a single foreign language (grade C or higher)
Complete a 1010 course listed below in a second foreign language (grade C or higher) AND one of the following:
1. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
2. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, receive 12 transfer credits articulated as GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (4) (all grade C or higher)
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Complete ESL 2750 or ESL 2760 (grade B or higher).
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional Utah Tech admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to Utah Tech but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Total Hours3-16

Dance Program Requirements

Required Technique Courses
Complete 10.5 credits from the following; at least 1.5 credits must be DANC 3101R or higher:
DANC 1101RBallet Technique I 1.5
DANC 2101RBallet Technique II 1.5
DANC 3101RBallet Technique III 1.5
DANC 4101RBallet Technique IV 1.5
Complete 10.5 credits from the following; at least 1.5 credits must be DANC 3201R or higher:
DANC 1201RModern Dance I1.5
DANC 2201RModern Dance II 1.5
DANC 3201RModern Dance III 1.5
DANC 4201RModern Dance IV 1.5
Required Performance Course
DANC 4800RDance Performance 2
Required Theory Courses
DANC 1001First Year Experience: Dance 2
DANC 1160Music For Dance 1
DANC 2110Orientation to Dance Major3
DANC 2330Improvisation2
DANC 3710Dance in a Cultural Perspective 3
DANC 3900Composition I2
DANC 3910Composition II2
DANC 4510Kinesiology for Dancers 4
DANC 4600Dance Pedagogy3
DANC 4710Dance History3
DANC 4900Choreography Project (ALUR)1
DANC 4910Dance Career Preparation3
Elective Courses
Complete at least three (3) credits from the following:
Dance Conditioning
Social Dance
Aerial Dance Technique I
Jazz Dance I
Ballroom Dance I, International Standard
World Dance Forms
Ballroom Dance I, International Latin
Movement for Musical Theatre
Tap Dance
Pointe I
Dance Partnering
Aerial Dance Technique II
Jazz Dance II
Ballroom Dance II - International Standard
Ballroom Dance II, International Latin
Tap Dance II
Ballroom Dance Team
Seminars in Dance
Dance for Theatre Performance
Visual Media for Dance
Independent Study
Dance Travel Study

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each Core Discipline and Discipline Depth Requirement course.