Nov 21, 2018
Is dance your favorite way to express yourself? Our Bachelor of Arts in Dance offers students a choice of three career-track options: (1) pre-dance therapy, (2) studio management and (3) performance and choreography. Students in the studio management track must also complete a minor in the College of Business or the Arts and Entertainment Management Minor in the School of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts.
As a dance major, prepare not only to develop your physical skills, but also to explore the history, theory, and science of your art. Get ready for a tough schedule of technique and choreography classes, long evenings in rehearsal, and academic classes. Dance majors challenge their bodies and their minds in this demanding art form. You will develop abilities in critical and creative thinking, oral and written communication, research, abstract reasoning and interpretative skills, in addition to rigorous practical and theoretical training in dance.
The BA prepares students for careers as dancers and choreographers, as well as those in dance education, administration, and therapy.
Students planning admission to the dance major must officially enroll in the program at the University Advising and Career Development Center (200 McKenny Hall) and complete the following:
- An audition into the program.
- The dance program application is available at N101 Alexander Music Building or online.
- A course of study is planned with a dance advisor upon admission into the dance program.
All students must meet the General Education requirements and the other courses specified in each area below. Suitable adjustments can be made in consultation with a dance faculty advisor. Some of the track required courses can be used to fulfill General Education requirements.
Dance majors and minors are encouraged to enroll in a technique class every semester while attending Eastern Michigan University. Ballet or modern technique classes may be repeated for no credit.
School of Music & Dance Admission
All prospective students (including transfers) must apply to the School of Music & Dance and complete an entrance audition. Admissions information and access to the School’s online application are available on the School’s website. Applications must be submitted at least seven days in advance of the requested audition day.
In addition to the degree requirements stated below, students must learn and abide by additional School of Music & Dance policies on the School’s website.
Music & Dance, College of Arts and Sciences
W. Doug Baker, Ph.D. | Director (Interim) | N101 Alexander | 734.487.4380 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherry Wilkinson, Ph.D. | Professor | N101 Alexander | 734.487.4380 | email@example.com
Major Requirements: 56-72 hours
Concentration: 16-32 hours
Select from one of the following tracks
Pre-Dance Therapy Concentration (PTHY): 32 hours
Studio Management Concentration (STMG): 16 hours
The studio management track must select a minor from the college of business with advisor approval (21 credit hours).
Performance Concentration (PERF): 23 hours
The studio management track must select a minor from the College of Business (with advisor approval) or the Arts and Entertainment Management Minor in the School of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts (21 credit hours).
The other two tracks do not require a minor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
Critical Graduation Information
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education section of the catalog.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.