BS Four-Year Degree Plan

Sample schedule

This sample schedule should only serve as a guide and should not replace regular meetings with your advisor. Be sure to verify your schedule with the projected course offerings.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations
or UHC 110 Freshman Honors Seminar
2
ENG 110 Writing I
or COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3
MTH 130 or higher 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
DAN 130 Dance Fundamentals: Ballet
or DAN 131 Dance Fundamentals: Modern Dance
or DAN 216 Elementary Modern Dance
or DAN 230 Elementary Ballet
2-3
Total hours14-15

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
BIO 101 Biology in Your World 3
DAN 180 Introduction to the Dance 3
ENG 110 Writing I
or COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3
DAN 216 Elementary Modern Dance
or DAN 230 Elementary Ballet
3
THE 150 Introduction to Theatre Technology 2
THE 151 Introduction to Theatre Technology Lab 1
Total hours15

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GEN ED Writing II 3
GEN ED Social Sciences 3
One elementary or intermediate dance course (DAN 216, 316, 230, 330 or 245) 3
KIN 250 (Applied Human Anatomy) or GEN ED Humanities (MUS 241 suggested) 3
Total hours12

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
GEN ED Physical Science 3-5
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States Since 1877
3
One or two elementary or intermediate dance courses (DAN 216, 316, 230, 330, 245 or 345) 3-6
KIN 250 Applied Human Anatomy or GEN ED Humanities (MUS 241 suggested) 3
Total hours12-17

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
One intermediate or advanced dance course (DAN 316, 416, 330, 430 or 345) 3
Choose one from: THE 250/251 or THE 255/256 or THE 260/261 3
DAN 320 Dance Composition I: Improvisation and Solo Forms 2
DAN 364 Applied Kinesiology for the Dancer 3
THE 541 Theatre History I
or DAN 565 Dance Pedagogy
3-4
Total hours14-15

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
GEN ED Cultural Competency 3
GEN ED Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Two intermediate or advanced dance courses (DAN 316, 416, 330, 430, 345 or 445) 3-6
DAN 420 Dance Composition II: Small Group Forms 2
DAN 552 Dance History Seminar 3
Total hours14-17

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GEN ED Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Two intermediate or advanced dance courses (DAN 316, 416, 330 or 430) 6
THE 541 Theatre History I
or DAN 565 Dance Pedagogy
3-4
Electives (from DAN, MUS, or THE at 300+ level) 3
Total hours15-16

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
GEN ED Public Issues 3
Two intermediate or advanced dance courses (DAN 316, 416, 330, 430, 345 or 445) 6-9
DAN 552 Dance History Seminar or Electives (from DAN, MUS, or THE at 300+ level) 3
DAN 482 Senior Project in Dance 1
DAN 592 Performance 1
Total hours14-17

Additional information

Placement in technique class levels is at the discretion of the instructors. DAN 130 and DAN 131 are each repeatable up to 6 credit hours. All levels of 200 or above are repeatable up to 12 credits.

The Bachelor of Science in Dance requires no fewer than 6 credit hours of DAN 216, 316, and/or 416 (Modern Dance Technique), no fewer than 6 credit hours of DAN 230, 330, and/or 430 (Ballet Technique), and no fewer than 6 credit hours of DAN 245, 345, and/or 445 (Jazz Dance Technique), and at least one additional course in the discipline of the student’s choice.

NOTE: The dance faculty strongly suggests that all Dance majors enroll in two technique classes each semester, so that they take at least one dance technique class each day throughout the four-year program.

100 level dance classes count only as electives in the Dance degree program, but may be required, depending on the dance level at which each major enters the program.

Periodicity of course offerings

Certain classes are offered only during the fall or spring, and some are offered only every other year.

Example 1: If the fall semester of your fourth year falls during an even numbered year (for example, 2012 or 2014) you will need to follow this suggested schedule:

  • Take DAN 551 (History Seminar) and during in the fall semester of your third year
  • Take DAN 364 (Kinesiology) during the spring semester of your third year, before you take DAN 565 (Pedagogy)
  • You would then take DAN 565 (Pedagogy) during the fall semester of your fourth year.

Example 2: If the fall semester of your fourth year falls during an odd numbered year (for example, 2013 or 2015) you will need to follow this suggested schedule:

  • Take DAN 551 (History Seminar) and during in the fall semester of your fourth year
  • Take DAN 364 (Kinesiology) during the spring semester of your second year, before you take DAN 565 (Pedagogy)
  • You would then take DAN 565 (Pedagogy) during the fall semester of your third year.

Sample schedule

NOTE: This schedule represents only one example of a possible degree program. Please see your advisor early in your first year to discuss possible variations of your own degree plan. All statements in this document concerning requirements, prerequisites, conditions or other matters are for informational purposes and are subject to change. Effective academic advisement is a partnership, with advisees sharing in the responsibility.

Revised March 2014

General Education information

Other information important to completing your degree in a timely manner:

Missouri State University General Education Program

General Education Worksheet