May 27, 2018  
2009-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 

Dance Curriculum

Dance Curriculum-Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
This curriculum leads to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. (Students who complete one year of foreign language will be awarded the Bachelor or Arts degree.) Each degree 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 will also complete a minor in the College of Business.

Students planning admission to the Dance major must officially enroll in the program at the Academic Advising Center and complete the following:

  1. An audition into the program;
  2. An application into the Dance program is available at N101 Alexander or online at;
  3. A course of study is planned with a Dance adviser 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 adviser. 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.

Music and Dance Department Information:

Department Head: David Woike
Department Contact:
Web site:

Additional department information is available here  in the online catalog.

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .

Major Requirements: 53-76 hours

Select from one of the following tracks:

Track I: Pre-Dance Therapy (DANC PTHY): 39 hours

One course from the following:

One course from the following:

One course from the following:

Track II: Studio Management(DANC STMG): 37 hours

The studio management track must select a minor from the college of business with adviser approval (21 credit hours).

Track III: Performance:(DANC PERF): 25 hours

Minor Requirements:

This program does not require a minor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.


Each student must choose a writing intensive course as part of major completion requirements. Consult your adviser for course options.

Critical Graduation Information:

To earn a degree, all students must:

  • earn a minimum total of 124 credits, excluding credits below the 100-level
  • meet the General Education requirements referenced here .
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits, excluding those earned at a community college. (Some articulation agreements waive this requirement. See specific agreement for details.)
  • earn a minimum of 30 credits from EMU.
  • complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from EMU courses.
  • 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 do not require a minor; see above for specific requirements.
  • earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses in their major at EMU.
  • earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses in their minor at EMU. These credits must be earned in courses different from the 300-level courses used for the major.
  • have earned a grade of ¨C¨ or better in order to apply transfer credit at EMU.
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be earned in the major and in the minor. (Note: some programs may require higher GPA.)

General Education Requirements:

For a current detailed listing of requirements, course options and waiver possibilities, please consult the General Education Program  listing.

  • Area I:  Effective Communication (2 courses, 6 credits)
  • Area II:  Quantitative Reasoning (1 course, 3 credits)
  • Area III: Perspectives on Diversity (2 courses, 6 credits)
  • Area IV: Knowledge of the Disciplines (8 courses, 25 credits)
  • Area V: Learning Beyond the Classroom (Satisfy two of six areas through a combination of experiences and/or courses)

The General Education requirements listed above apply to all students who began their undergraduate program at EMU during or after the Fall 2007 semester. Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU before the Fall 2007 semester may have different general education requirements to fulfill; consult your academic adviser for additional information. Students who transferred to EMU may have different general education requirements based on MACRAO or articulation agreements; consult your academic adviser for additional information.

University Information:

For more University information please refer to the online catalog at