The Bachelor of Arts in Dance (B.A.) offers comprehensive education and training in classical and contemporary dance techniques, performance, choreography, and pedagogy. 

The B.A. in Dance includes: 

  • Technique, Performance, and Repertoire
  • Choreography and Improvisation
  • Pedagogy and Teaching Methodologies
  • History and Theory
  • Technical Production and Design
  • Guest Artists and Masterclasses

The B.A. allows students to tailor their study of dance to fit their interests and is designed to prepare students for a variety of dance-related careers after college. With opportunities for scholarly and creative research, community engagement, and interdisciplinary collaboration, the degree is constructed for students wishing to major in dance and major or minor another discipline. Technique classes in contemporary and classical forms aim to help students achieve a high level of performance and artistry. Students apply theoretical knowledge in tangible ways, such as performance of repertoire, supervised teaching opportunities, concert direction, independent projects, and choreography for concerts.

The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance is comprised of esteemed faculty and administrative and production staff, all dedicated to supporting student education in the arts.

Dance Audition

In addition to applying to CSU through the Office of Admissions, a successful audition with CSU Dance faculty is required for entrance into both the B.F.A. and the B.A. Visit Dance Audition Information for more information.

Effective Fall 2022

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
D 120A or 220A1Dance Techniques I: Modern
Dance Techniques III: Modern
 2
D 121A or 221A1Dance Techniques II: Modern
Dance Techniques IV: Modern
 2
D 120B or 220B1Dance Techniques I: Ballet
Dance Techniques III: Ballet
 2-3
D 121B or 221B1Dance Techniques II: Ballet
Dance Techniques IV: Ballet
 3
D 126Dance Improvisation 2
D 186Production Practicum 1
D 192Dance First Year Seminar 1
Select one course from the following: 2
Music for Dance  
Seminar - The Dancing Body  
  
Arts and Humanities3B3
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion1C3
Quantitative Reasoning1B3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
 Total Credits 30-31
Sophomore
 
Select one group from the following: 4-6
Dance Techniques: Modern (4 credits)
  
Dance Techniques III: Modern  
Dance Techniques IV: Modern  
Dance Techniques: Ballet (6 credits)
  
Dance Techniques III: Ballet  
Dance Techniques IV: Ballet  
D 226Dance Choreography I 2
D 286Performance Practicum 1
D 324Teaching Creative Movement for Children 2
TH 264Lighting Design I 3
Advanced Writing23
Arts and Humanities3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A7
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 28-30
Junior
 
D 286Performance Practicum 1
Select one group from the following: 6-8
Dance Techniques: Ballet (8 credits)
  
Dance Techniques V: Ballet  
Dance Techniques VI: Ballet  
Dance Techniques: Modern (6 credits)
  
Dance Techniques V: Modern  
Dance Techniques VI: Modern  
Select one course from the following:2 3
Dance Choreography II  
Upper-Division Dance Elective
  
D 330Dance Repertory Ensemble 2
D 340Dance Repertory Engagement 2
D 370Writing about Dance4A3
D 392Dance Seminar 1
D 427 or 428History of Non-Western Dance Forms
History of Western Dance Forms
4A3
D 486Practicum 1
D 487Dance Internship 1
Upper-Division Dance Elective3 3
Non-Dance Elective 3
 Total Credits 29-31
Senior
 
Select one group from the following: 6-8
Dance Techniques: Ballet (8 credits)
  
Dance Techniques V: Ballet  
Dance Techniques VI: Ballet  
Dance Techniques: Modern (6 credits)
  
Dance Techniques V: Modern  
Dance Techniques VI: Modern  
Select one course from the following: 3
Dance Capstone Project4B,4C 
Dance Capstone Concert4B,4C 
Upper-Division Dance Elective3 3
Non-Dance Electives4 14-21
 Total Credits 28-33
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

Students are required to audition for both modern and ballet dance technique courses and will be placed in the appropriate levels of technique courses. Dance technique courses require written consent of the instructor, and may be repeated for credit.

2

Students who plan to take D 471 in Senior year are required to take D 326. Students who do not plan to take D 471 in Senior year may select any upper-division (300-400 level) Dance course.

3

Select any 300-400 level Dance course.

4

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)X 1A3
D 120A or 220ADance Techniques I: Modern
Dance Techniques III: Modern
X  2
D 120B or 220BDance Techniques I: Ballet
Dance Techniques III: Ballet
X  2-3
D 126Dance ImprovisationX  2
D 186Production PracticumX  1
D 192Dance First Year SeminarX  1
Quantitative Reasoning X1B3
 Total Credits   14-15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 121A or 221ADance Techniques II: Modern
Dance Techniques IV: Modern
X  2
D 121B or 221BDance Techniques II: Ballet
Dance Techniques IV: Ballet
X  3
Select one course from the following:   2
Music for DanceX   
Seminar - The Dancing Body    
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  1C3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
 Total Credits   16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 220A or 220BDance Techniques III: Modern
Dance Techniques III: Ballet
X  2-3
D 226Dance Choreography I   2
D 286Performance PracticumX  1
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Advanced Writing  23
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
 Total Credits   15-16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 221A or 221BDance Techniques IV: Modern
Dance Techniques IV: Ballet
X  2-3
D 324Teaching Creative Movement for ChildrenX  2
TH 264Lighting Design I   3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   13-14
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 320A or 320BDance Techniques V: Modern
Dance Techniques V: Ballet
X  3-4
D 330Dance Repertory Ensemble   2
D 370Writing about DanceX 4A3
D 392Dance Seminar   1
Select one course from the following:   3
Dance Choreography II    
Upper-Division Dance Elective
    
Non-Dance Elective   3
 Total Credits   15-16
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 286Performance Practicum   1
D 321A or 321BDance Techniques VI: Modern
Dance Techniques VI: Ballet
X  3-4
D 340Dance Repertory Engagement   2
Select one course from the following:   3
History of Non-Western Dance Forms  4A 
History of Western Dance Forms  4A 
D 486PracticumX  1
D 487Dance InternshipX  1
Upper-Division Dance Elective   3
Students who plan to take D 471 in Senior year should take D 326. Students who do not plan to take D 471 in Senior year may select any upper-division (300-400 level) Dance course.    
 Total Credits   14-15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 320A or 320BDance Techniques V: Modern
Dance Techniques V: Ballet
X  3-4
D 470 or 471Dance Capstone Project
Dance Capstone Concert
  4B,4C3
Non-Dance Electives X 7-10
 Total Credits   14-16
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
D 321A or 321BDance Techniques VI: Modern
Dance Techniques VI: Ballet
X  3-4
Upper-Division Dance ElectiveX  3
Non-Dance ElectivesX  7-11
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   14-17
 Program Total Credits:   120