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 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

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
Quantitative Literacy - General Education 3
DAN 240 First-Year Seminar: Introduction to the Profession 1
DAN 130 Dance Fundamentals: Ballet
or DAN 131 Dance Fundamentals: Contemporary Dance
or DAN 216 Elementary Contemporary Dance
or DAN 230 Elementary Ballet
2-3
Total hours11-12

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Life Sciences (no lab) - General Education 3
DAN 180 Introduction to the Dance 3
ENG 110 Writing I
or COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3
DAN 216 Elementary Contemporary Dance
or DAN 230 Elementary Ballet
3
THE 150 Introduction to Theatre Technology 2
Total hours15

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Writing II 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences - General Education 3
DAN 365 Somatic Practices 1
Select from course list A 3
Humanities - General Education 3
Total hours13

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Physical Sciences (lab) - General Education 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
Select one or two from course list A 3-6
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Total hours12-17

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
DAN 340 Third-Year Seminar: Preparation for the Profession 2
Select from course list B 3
THE 250 Stagecraft and Construction I
or THE 255 Lighting Design I
or THE 260 Costume Construction I
2
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 hours16-17

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences - General Education 3
Select two from course list B 3-6
DAN 445 Advanced Jazz Dance 3
DAN 420 Dance Composition II: Small Group Forms 2
DAN 552 Dance History Seminar 3
Total hours14-17

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Social and Behavioral Sciences - General Education 3
Select two from course list B 6
THE 541 Theatre History I
or DAN 565 Dance Pedagogy
3-4
DAN elective (upper level) 3
Total hours15-16

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Public Issues - General Education 3
Select two from course list B 6
DAN 522 Dance History Seminar or DAN elective (upper level) 3
DAN 482 Senior Project in Dance 1
DAN 592 Performance 1
Total hours14

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 Warning: 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.
Degree plan last reviewed 07-03-2018.