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The BFA in Dance provides an education through dance: from studio to stage to careers. It builds upon the technical strengths of ballet, contemporary dance and a core of academic subjects, along with Music Theatre Dance including jazz and tap, World Dance, Dance History, Composition and Choreography, Music, Acting, and Somatics.

All students seeking the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance are required to earn a minimum grade of "C" in all DANC designated courses.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 120

ESOL Track
Students who completed ESOL 1311 and ESOL 1312 will need to also complete ESOL 2303 with a grade of C or better.
Dance Prerequisites (All courses require a grade of C or better.) 1
Required Courses:
BIOL 1103Introductory Biology Lab (C)1
BIOL 1104Human Biology Laboratory (C)1
BIOL 1203Introductory Biology2
BIOL 1304Human Biology (C)3
HIST 2302World History Since 1500 (C)3
MUSL 1324Music Appreciation (C)3
PSYC 1301Introduction to Psychology (C)3
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Dance Major
Required Courses:
DANC 1341Ballet I3
DANC 1342Ballet II3
DANC 2341Ballet III3
DANC 2342Ballet IV3
DANC 2345Contemporary Dance I3
DANC 2346Contemporary Dance II3
DANC 3301Dance Theory and Composition3
DANC 3303History of Dance as a Perf Art3
DANC 3311Music for Dancers3
DANC 3322World Dance3
DANC 3345Contemporary Dance III3
DANC 3346Contemporary Dance IV3
DANC 3151Dance Performance (Complete two semesters)2
DANC 4301Choreography3
DANC 4390Seminar3
DANC 4394Dance Pedagogy3
THEA 2303Acting Fundamentals3
Emphasis:
Complete an emphasis of the following options:12
Ballet Emphasis:
Ballet V
Ballet VI
Ballet VII
Ballet VIII
Contemporary Dance Emphasis:
Contemporary Dance V
Contemporary Dance VI
Dance fr the Music Theatre III
Dance for Music Theatre IV
Upper-Division By Advisement:
Select twelve hours of the following; six of these hours may be selected from DANC 4340 Special Topics in Dance courses12
Music for Dancers
Dance Performance
Ballet V
Ballet VI
Jazz & Other Stage Danc Form I
Jazz & Other Stge Danc Form II
Selected Topics in Dance (Complete two semesters)
Ballet VII
Ballet VIII
Contemporary Dance V
Contemporary Dance VI
Total Hours120
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Although the UTEP choice is larger, these choices satisfy the requirements of both the core and the major.

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl (C) 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl (C) 1
Total Hours6
 
 

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 1865 (C)3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 1865 (C)3
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature (C)
English Literature (C)
Intro to American Fiction (C)
Intro to American Drama (C)
Intro to American Poetry (C)
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500 (C)
World History Since 1500 (C)
Introduction to Philosophy (C)
Ethics (C)
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World (C)
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus (C)
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Differential Equations
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Elem Astronomy-Solar System(C)
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology (C)
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci (C)
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Physical Geography (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology (C)
Intro to Historical Geol (C)
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Laboratory for PHYS 2320
Laboratory for PHYS 2321
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6
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Based on the major selected, options listed might not be applicable; please refer to the prerequisite area at top if one is present.

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog (C)
Intro-Cultural Anthropology(C)
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics (C)
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics (C)
Principles of Economics (C)
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics(C)
Cultural Geography (C)
An Intro. to Linguistics (C)
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology (C)
Introduction to Sociology (C)
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation (C)
History of Art I (C)
History of Art II (C)
Dance Appreciation (C)
Intro-Art of Motion Pict. (C)
Intro to Music History
Music Appreciation (C)
Jazz to Rock (C)
Introduction to Theatre (C)
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking (C)
Business/Profession Comm (C)
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry (C)
Total Hours6