BA in Dance

Units required for Major: 48
Total units required for BA: 120

Program Description

The California State University, Sacramento Department of Theatre and Dance fosters student-learning to advance critically-thinking, creative and collaborative artists. It provides a broad and thorough foundation of the history, theory, literature and the practice of theatre and dance to students who wish to pursue post graduate studies or join the profession. The Department of Theatre and Dance offers an imaginative and ambitious program of historical and contextual studies supported by studio and production work. Our mission challenges students to be independent thinkers. Our department provides a collaborative, artistic environment that reflects a richly complex and diverse global perspective complemented by national and international faculty and staff experience.

Minimum Grade Requirement

A minimum grade of "C-" is required of courses applied to the major.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Courses (11 Units)
DNCE 11AJazz Dance Level IIA2
or DNCE 11B Jazz Dance Level IIB
or DNCE 11C Jazz Dance Level IIC
DNCE 12AContemporary Dance Level IIA2
or DNCE 12B Contemporary Dance Level IIB
or DNCE 12C Contemporary Dance Level IIC
DNCE 22Music for Dance2
THEA 14Stage Makeup and Costume Construction3
or THEA 16 Stagecraft
or THEA 20 Lighting
DNCE 4ATap Dance Level lA2
or DNCE 4B Tap Dance Level IB
or DNCE 4C Tap Dance Level IC
or DNCE 5A Mexican Folklorico Level lA
or DNCE 5B Mexican Folklorico Level IB
or DNCE 5C Mexican Folklorico Dance Level IC
Required Upper Division Courses (37 Units)
DNCE 111AJazz Dance Level IlIA2
or DNCE 111B Jazz Dance Level IIIB
or DNCE 111C Jazz Dance Level IIIC
DNCE 112AContemporary Dance Level IlIA2
or DNCE 112B Contemporary Dance Level IIIB
or DNCE 112C Contemporary Dance Level IIIC
DNCE 113ABallet Level IIIA2
or DNCE 113B Ballet Level IIIB
or DNCE 113C Ballet Level IIIC
DNCE 118Dance Improvisation2
DNCE 120Dance Composition I2
DNCE 122Dance Composition II2
DNCE 130Appreciation and History of Dance 13
DNCE 131Dance Cultures Of America 13
DNCE 132African-Caribbean Dance 13
DNCE 142Dance Science and Somatics3
DNCE 143University Dance Company1
DNCE 150Dance Theory and Criticism3
DNCE 160Creative Dance for Children3
DNCE 190Capstone Dance Project2
THEA 120APracticum in Technical Production3
or THEA 120B Practicum in Technical Production
or THEA 120C Practicum in Technical Production
THEA 121Rehearsal and Performance1
Total Units48

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (13 Units)
B1 - Physical Science3
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5)1
B4 - Math Concepts3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area C: Arts and Humanities (6 Units)
C1 - Arts3
C2 - Humanities3
C1/C2 - Area C Course 20
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 20
Area D: The Individual and Society (9 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Area F: Ethnic Studies (3 Units)
Area F Course3
Total Units43

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (9 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI)3
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (12 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE) 23
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 36