BFA Four-Year Degree Plan: Dance

Theatre and Dance Undergrad BFA 4 yr Dance Track

The comprehensive BFA dance option can be completed in four years or eight semesters. The four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that may be considered upon admission to the University.

Course scheduling

Courses may be offered during the fall or spring semester depending on the year or offered every other year. It is recommended that you enroll in at least two technique classes each semester and that you have at least one technique class each day. Any 100 level dance courses you take will be counted as an elective; however, you may be required to take them depending on your dance level. Your first BFA review will occur during your third or fourth semester with your second occurring in your fifth or sixth.

Sample schedule

The schedule below should only serve as a guide and does 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
DAN 240 First-Year Seminar: Introduction to the Profession 1
DAN 130 Dance Fundamentals: Ballet
or DAN 216 Elementary Contemporary Dance
or DAN 230 Elementary Ballet
2-3
THE 150 Introduction to Theatre Technology 2
THE 151 Introduction to Theatre Technology Lab 1
Quantitative Literacy - General Education 3
Total hours14-18

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
BIO 101 Biology in Your World
or BIO 121 General Biology I
3-4
ENG 110 Writing I
or COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3
The Arts - General Education
DAN 131 Dance Fundamentals: Contemporary Dance
or DAN 216 Elementary Contemporary Dance
or DAN 230 Elementary Ballet
2-3
THE 130 Introduction to Script Analysis 3
Total hours14-19

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Writing II 3
Physical Sciences (lab) - General Education 3-4
THE 250 Stagecraft and Construction I
or THE 255 Lighting Design I
or THE 260 Costume Construction I
2
MUS 241 The Language of Music
or KIN 250 Applied Human Anatomy
3
Select two from course list A 3
Total hours18-19

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
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
DAN 365 Somatic Practices 1
DAN 372 Music Resources for Dancers 2
THE 224 Stage Makeup I 1
THE 222 Acting Fundamentals 3
MUS 241 The Language of Music
or KIN 250 Applied Human Anatomy
3
Select two from course list A 6
Total hours19

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
DAN 340 Third-Year Seminar: Preparation for the Profession 2
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
Select two from course list B 3-6
Total hours18-20

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
DAN 420 Dance Composition II: Small Group Forms 2
DAN 552 Dance History Seminar 3
DAN 348 Partnering 2
Select two from course list B 3-6
Social and Behavioral Sciences - General Education 3
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
Total hours16-19

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
DAN 520 Choreography and Production 3
DAN 492 Senior BFA Review 1
THE 541 Theatre History I 3
Select two from course list B 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences - General Education
DAN elective (upper level) 3
Total hours19-20

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
DAN 492 Senior BFA Review 1
DAN 592 Performance 1
Select two from course list B 3
DAN elective (upper level)
Public Issues - General Education 3
Total hours14-17

Suggested Sequencing: 15-18 credit hours per semester, unless students choose to attend summer school.

Course list A

  • DAN 216 or DAN 316
  • DAN 230 or DAN 330 
  • DAN 245  

Course list B

  • DAN 316 or DAN 416
  • DAN 330 or DAN 430
  • DAN 345 or DAN 445  

Tips for success 

  • Placement in technique class levels is at the discretion of the instructors. DAN 130 and DAN 131 are each repeatable up to six credit hours. All levels of 200 or above are repeatable up to 12 credits.  
  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance requires no fewer than 12 credit hours of DAN 216, 316, and/or 416 (Modern Dance Technique), no fewer than 12 credit hours of DAN 230, 330, and/or 430 (Ballet Technique), and no fewer than 12 credit hours of DAN 245, 345, and/or 445 (Jazz Dance Technique).  
  • You are not required to take the number of credit hours in some technique areas outlined in this sample degree plan. But the dance faculty strongly suggests that all Dance majors should enroll in at least two technique classes each semester, so that they take at least one dance technique class each day throughout the four-year program.  
  • Dance classes at the 100-level 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.  
  • Certain classes are offered only during the fall or spring, and some are offered only every other year.  
Degree plan last reviewed 07-03-2018.