Dance - Part-Time Professional Option

Major: Dance
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 186.0
Co-op Options: None
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) code: 50.0399
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 25-1121; 27-2031; 27-2032

About the Program

The Part-Time Professional Dance Program provides an opportunity for professional dancers to earn their BS degree in dance through a specially designed part-time program at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. Participating students will fulfill the requirements of the current dance major curriculum over an extended period of time, with the exception of the studio dance technique and performance class requirements, which will be fulfilled through their professional dance company experiences.

This program can grant up to 50.0 credit hours of studio and performance-based courses to the participating students based on their professional experiences. The remaining 136.0 credit hours include 41.0 credit hours of the general education requirement, 55.0 credit hours of Dance Major requirement, and 40.0 credit hours of free electives that are fully online.

Students who enter the program will need a high school diploma or GED equivalency. The students are expected to enroll in 2-3 courses each term with the expectations of finishing the program in four to five years.

Admission Requirements

The Dance Program is offering the online option of the Part-Time Professional BS in Dance, and SAT or ACT testing, normally required for applicants to Drexel University, may be an inaccurate predictor of academic readiness for full time professional dancers who have completed high school several years prior, or taken a GED equivalency exam. In lieu of this testing, this qualifying certificate program is a third option for assessing eligibility for the program.

Students entering the part-time dance major through the certificate program will need to complete the certificate with a GPA of 3.0 for eligibility to enter the dance major.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
MATH 171Introduction to Analysis A3.0
MATH 172Introduction to Analysis B3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
PSY 240 [WI] Abnormal Psychology3.0
NFS 100Nutrition, Foods, and Health2.0
NFS 101Introduction to Nutrition & Food1.0
English Electives6.0
Natural Science Electives8.0
Free Electives40.0
Dance Foundation & Theory Requirements
ARTH 102History of Art II3.0
DANC 100Survey of Dance Studies3.0
DANC 115Introduction to Dance3.0
DANC 116Dance and Fitness3.0
DANC 135Rhythmic Study for Dance3.0
DANC 215Dance Appreciation3.0
DANC 216Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis3.0
DANC 222Dance Pedagogy3.0
DANC 235Dance Composition I3.0
DANC 315Twentieth Century Dance3.0
DANC 316Dance Kinesiology3.0
DANC 415Dance Aesthetics and Criticism3.0
DANC 481Senior Seminar in Dance1.0
DANC 491Senior Project in Dance (Repeated for a total of 3 credits)3.0
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
THTR 240Theatre Production I3.0
Courses with Residency Option*
DANC 117Foundations of Somatic Theory and Practice3.0
DANC 221Survey of Dance and Movement Therapy3.0
DANC 335Dance Composition II3.0
Credits granted based on Professioanl Experience **50.0
Performance Requirements
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
Dance Repertory
Technique Requirements
Ballet Technique I (2 credit course repeated for a total of 4 credits)
Ballet Technique II (2 credit course repeated for a total of 6 credits)
Ballet Dance Technique III (2 credit course repeated for a total of 4 credits)
Modern Dance Technique I (2 credit course repeated for a total of 4 credits)
Modern Dance Technique II (2 credit course repeated for a total of 6 credits)
Modern Dance Technique III (2 credit course repeated for a total of 4 credits)
Dance Improvisation I
Select two of the following:
Jazz Dance Technique I
Hip-Hop Dance Technique I
African Dance Technique I
Select one of the following:
Jazz Dance Technique II
Hip-Hop Dance Technique II
African Dance Technique II
Jazz Dance Technique III
Total Credits186.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
DANC 1003.0DANC 104 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0DANC 105 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0DANC 107 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0
DANC 104 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0DANC 105 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0DANC 106 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0MATH 1713.0
DANC 1163.0DANC 1153.0DANC 2153.0PSY 1013.0
DANC 131 or 133 (Professional Life Experience)*1.0DANC 1353.0DANC 2163.0DANC 131 or 133 (Professional Life Experience)*1.0
 9 10 10 9
Second Year (Part-Time)
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0DANC 107 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0
DANC 108 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0DANC 204 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0DANC 204 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0DANC 1173.0
DANC 204 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0DANC 205 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0DANC 205 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0PSY 1203.0
NFS 1002.0DANC 2223.0DANC 3153.0DANC 205 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0
NFS 1011.0   
 10 10 10 10
Third Year (Part-Time)
DANC 131 or 133 (Professional Life Experience)*1.0ARTH 1023.0DANC 3163.0DANC 131 or 133 (Professional Life Experience)*1.0
DANC 304 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0DANC 131 or 133 (Professional Life Experience)*1.0THTR 2403.0DANC 2213.0
MATH 1723.0DANC 2353.0ENGL Elective3.0DANC 3353.0
PSY 2403.0DANC 305 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0DANC 131 or 133 (Professional Life Experience)*1.0Free Elective3.0
 9 9 10 10
Fourth Year (Part-Time)
DANC 304 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0DANC 305 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0DANC 131 or 133 (Professional Life Experience)*1.0MUSC 1303.0
Natural Science Elective4.0Natural Science Elective4.0DANC 306 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0ENGL Elective3.0
Free Elective4.0Free Elective3.0DANC 4153.0Free Elective3.0
  Free Elective3.0 
 10 9 9 9
Fifth Year (Part-Time)
DANC 306 (Professional Life Experience)*2.0DANC 131 or 133 (Professional Life Experience)*1.0DANC 131 or 133 (Professional Life Experience)*1.0DANC 131 or 133 (Professional Life Experience)*1.0
DANC 4811.0DANC 4911.0DANC 4911.0DANC 4911.0
Free Electives6.0Free Electives6.0Free Electives6.0Free Electives6.0
 9 8 8 8
Total Credits 186
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