Bachelor of Arts in Dance

The Bachelor of Arts in Dance is designed to provide a comprehensive education in dance with the opportunity to pursue further study in performance, choreography, or dance studies. The major is organized around a 30-unit core and a 15-unit area of focus. Core courses introduce students to foundational skills and knowledge in dance technique, choreography, music, dance sciences, and dance studies. Students should choose an area of focus according to educational and career goals in consultation with an advisor.

All new dance majors must enroll in DANC 170 Integrated Dance Technique I DANC 170 Integrated Dance Technique I  in their first semester. Dance majors are expected to consult with their faculty advisor on a semester basis.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Dance the student will be able to:

  1. Students will demonstrate competence at working conceptually and thinking critically about dance technique, performance, and choreography to include aesthetic properties of style and ideas shaped by artistic and cultural contexts.
  2. Students will demonstrate foundational knowledge in theatrical, social, and vernacular dance technique, choreography, and production—including intermediate to advanced competence in one or more areas of technique, performance, or choreography.
  3. Students will demonstrate foundational knowledge of dance theory and the application of research methodologies for undertaking original research on and writing about dance topics.
  4. Students will demonstrate foundational knowledge of the body and kinesiology as applicable to work in dance.
  5. Students will demonstrate competence in teaching—including one or more areas of intermediate level dance technique, creative process, or other dance topics.

Dance (B.A.) — 45 units

Core Courses (30 units)

DANC/TH A 123Music Fundamentals for Theatre and Dance Artists3
DANC 170Integrated Dance Technique I3
DANC 232Dance Composition: Choreography I3
DANC 301GWDance Research Methods and Theory3
DANC 304Issues in Dance Medicine I3
DANC 311Alignment/Pilates Mat1
DANC 350Dance Aesthetics: Cultural/Historical Perspectives3
Select One:3
Historical Survey of Dance in the Western World
Ethnography of Dance
Select one:3
Foundational Skills in Theatre and Dance Production
Production Support for Theatre and Dance Performance
Select 3 units from:3
African-Haitian Dance I
Dance in Cultural Context
Cultural History of Dance
Folklore of Dance: African-Haitian
Select 2 units from:2
Ballet II
Modern Dance II
Jazz Dance II

Areas of Focus (15 units)

These courses are optimally organized for areas of focus in Performance/Choreography and Dance Studies. Students should meet with an advisor to choose an area of focus.

The area of focus in Performance/Choreography includes 4 units of foundational coursework, 5 units of upper-division dance technique, and 6 units of upper-division coursework in dance composition and performance. Students should meet with an advisor to select courses that align with their educational and career goals. Four units of technique courses numbered 300 or above may be repeated in this section for credit.

Performance/Choreography
Foundation (4 units)
DANC 312Alignment Study/Pilates Mat II-III1
DANC 434Dance Composition: Choreography II3
Upper-Division Technique (5 units)

Select 5 units from the following:

DANC 312Alignment Study/Pilates Mat II-III1
DANC 363Ballet III2
DANC 374Modern Dance III2
DANC 376Jazz Dance III2
DANC 400Workshop in Contemporary Dance1
DANC 401Ballet Pointe and Partnering1
DANC 434Dance Composition: Choreography II3
DANC 465Ballet IV2
DANC 474Modern Dance IV2
DANC 476Jazz Dance IV2
Upper-Division Electives (6 units)

Select 6 units from the following:

DANC 340Dance Pedagogy3
DANC 399University Dance Theatre2
DANC 461Advanced Choreography and Production3
DANC 463Performance in Dance Production1
DANC/TH A 490Dance Theatre Workshop1-3
Dance Studies

The area of focus in Dance Studies includes 3 units of additional coursework in dance studies, 6 units of coursework in theatre studies, and 6 units of electives (not already used to satisfy core requirements) in dance technique, composition (choreography), or performance. Students should meet with an advisor to select courses that align with educational and career goals. 4 units of dance technique courses may be repeated in this section for credit.

Additional Dance Studies Coursework (3 units)

Choose the course not already used to satisfy core requirements:

DANC 430Historical Survey of Dance in the Western World3
DANC/ANTH 657Ethnography of Dance3
Theatre Studies Coursework (6 units)

Select 6 units from the following:

TH A 404Musical Theatre History and Literature3
TH A/DANC 408Performance Styles in Asia and the Asian Diaspora3
TH A/MUS 559Women in Jazz3
Electives (6 units)

Select 6 units, not already used to satisfy foundational or technique core requirements, from the following:

DANC 207Dance in Cultural Context1
DANC 208Cultural History of Dance3
DANC 236Folklore of Dance: African-Haitian2
DANC 263Ballet II2
DANC 275Modern Dance II2
DANC 276Jazz Dance II2
DANC 312Alignment Study/Pilates Mat II-III1
DANC 340Dance Pedagogy3
DANC 363Ballet III2
DANC 374Modern Dance III2
DANC 376Jazz Dance III2
DANC 399University Dance Theatre2
DANC 400Workshop in Contemporary Dance1
DANC 401Ballet Pointe and Partnering1
DANC 434Dance Composition: Choreography II3
DANC 461Advanced Choreography and Production3
DANC 463Performance in Dance Production1
DANC 465Ballet IV2
DANC 474Modern Dance IV2
DANC 476Jazz Dance IV ( Modern Jazz IV)2
DANC/TH A 490Dance Theatre Workshop1-3

Complementary Studies

Bachelor of Arts students must complete at least twelve units of complementary studies outside of the primary prefix for the major. (Note: Students may not use an alternate prefix that is cross-listed with the primary prefix for the major.)

Students who complete two majors or a major and a minor automatically complete the complementary studies requirement. Additional ways to complete complementary studies for students in the Dance major can, with the approval of a Dance Program advisor, satisfy Complementary Studies in the major with 12 units in a single foreign language of their choosing, 12 units from courses taken in a study abroad program, 12 units of courses taken as partial completion of a second major, minor or certificate, or 12 units of courses in related disciplines.

Related disciplines typically include theater, music, cinema, broadcast and electronic communications, creative writing, journalism, kinesiology, physical education, health education, holistic health, biology, elementary education, English, history, anthropology, business, and journalism. The dance program allows up to 12 units of dance-related disciplines to count toward the dance major.

General Education Requirements

Requirement Course Level Units Area Designation
Oral Communication LD 3 A1
Written English Communication LD 3 A2
Critical Thinking LD 3 A3
Physical Science LD 3 B1
Life Science LD 3 B2
Lab Science LD 1 B3
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning LD 3 B4
Arts LD 3 C1
Humanities LD 3 C2
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD 3 E
Ethnic Studies LD 3 F
Physical and/or Life Science UD 3 UD-B
Arts and/or Humanities UD 3 UD-C
Social Sciences UD 3 UD-D
SF State Studies
Courses certified as meeting the SF State Studies requirements may be upper or lower division in General Education (GE), a major or minor, or an elective.
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities LD or UD 3 AERM
Environmental Sustainability LD or UD 3 ES
Global Perspectives LD or UD 3 GP
Social Justice LD or UD 3 SJ

Note: LD = Lower-Division; UD = Upper-Division.

First-Time Student Roadmap (4 Year)

  1. In order to choose your English Composition A2 course and your QR/Math B4 course, please complete the online advising activities at writingadvising.sfsu.edu and mathadvising.sfsu.edu. Questions? Contact Gator Smart Start.
  2. Select the row that matches your English course choice for A2.*
  3. Select the column that matches your QR/Math course choice for B4.
  4. Click the Roadmap that lines up with your row and column.

For example, if you select ENG 104/ENG 105 and a multi-semester QR/math sequence for your first year, then choose Roadmap D.

Course Choice One-Semester Course Two-Semester Sequence or Support Course
ENG 114 Roadmap A Roadmap C
ENG 104/ENG 105 Roadmap B Roadmap D

* Composition for Multilingual Students: If taking ENG 209 as your first English course, choose the ENG 114 row. If taking ENG 201 or ENG 212 for your first English course, choose the ENG 104/ENG 105 row.

General Advising Information for Transfer Students

  1. Before transfer, complete as many lower-division requirements or electives for this major as possible.
  2. The following courses are not required for admission but are required for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these units before transfer; doing so will provide more flexibility in course selection after transfer.
    • a course in U.S. History
    • a course in U.S. & California Government

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), please visit http://www.assist.org. Check any geographically accessible CCCs; sometimes options include more than one college. Use ASSIST to determine:

  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy any lower-division major requirements for this major;
  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy CSU GE, US History, and US & CA Government requirements.

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 semester units/90 quarter units required for admission.

Additional units for courses that are repeated do not apply to the minimum 60 units required for upper-division transfer (for example, if a course was not passed on the first attempt or was taken to earn a better grade).

Before leaving the last California Community College of attendance, obtain a summary of completion of lower-division General Education units (IGETC or CSU GE Breadth). This is often referred to as a GE certification worksheet. SF State does not require delivery of this certification to Admissions, but students should retain this document for verifying degree progress after transfer.

Credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College-Level Examination Program courses: AP/IB/CLEP credit is not automatically transferred from the previous institution. Units are transferred only when an official score report is delivered to SF State. Credit is based on the academic year during which exams were taken. Refer to the University Bulletin in effect during the year of AP/IB/CLEP examination(s) for details regarding the award of credit for AP/IB/CLEP.

Students pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines often defer 6-9 units of lower-division General Education in Areas C and D until after transfer to focus on preparation courses for the major. This advice does not apply to students pursuing associate degree completion before transfer.

Transferring From Institutions Other Than CCCs or CSUs

Review SF State's lower-division General Education requirements. Note that, as described below, the four basic skills courses required for admission meet A1, A2, A3, and B4 in the SF State GE pattern. Courses that fulfill the remaining areas of SF State’s lower-division GE pattern are available at most two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Of the four required basic skills courses, a course in critical thinking (A3) may not be widely offered outside the CCC and CSU systems. Students should attempt to identify and take an appropriate course no later than the term of application to the CSU. To review more information about the A3 requirement, please visit bulletin.sfsu.edu/undergraduate-education/general-education/lower-division/#AAEL.

Waiting until after transfer to take a single course at SF State that meets both US and CA/local government requirements may be an appropriate option, particularly if transferring from outside of California.