2021-2022 Humboldt State University Catalog 
    Jun 18, 2024  
2021-2022 Humboldt State University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Studies, Dance Studies Concentration, B.A.

The dance studies curriculum unifies the physical, intellectual, cultural, and artistic aspects of dance into an invigorating course of study, and prepares students for careers in the dance arts and/or for graduate studies. Experience and practice in a broad range of technical, performance, and creative skills develop the student’s capacity to form and transform thought into expressive composition and performance. By investigating the relationship of dance to other art forms, various ethnic groups and cultures, and to social trends through historic and contemporary periods, our students grasp the profound importance of dance as a fine art and as an essential component of human existence.

The Dance Studies program requires 50 units of coursework, including a diverse core of 31 units and 9 units of dance electives. An additional 10 units of interdisciplinary electives allow students to develop skills in a range of areas, including technical production, dance education, various art forms and multicultural studies.

Annually, we offer two performances, a fall formal student Choreography Showcase, and a spring faculty/student formal concert. In coordination with Center Arts, we are able to provide affordable tickets and multiple master class opportunities with internationally-renowned dance artists and companies.

The dance studies program participates annually in American College Dance Association conferences.

Students are highly encouraged to participate in the international exchange programs in order to experience dance as a universal and unifying phenomenon.

Dance studies prepares students for careers as dance teachers, choreographers and performers of innovative and/or multicultural works; performance artists; teacher of mind/body integration techniques; special arts events coordinators; designers of lights, sets and costumes; and prepares students for further study at the graduate level.

Information about dance clubs is available on the Clubs & Organizations website.

Learn more about our dance program on the Dance Studies website.


A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units. For a description of degree requirements to be fulfilled in addition to those listed below for the major, please see “Bachelor’s Degree Requirements 

Requirements for the Major (50 units)

A minimum grade of C- is required for all courses in the major.

Required Courses (31 Units)

Majors must be able to place in DANC 310 , DANC 320 , and DANC 330  to complete degree. Courses taken as prerequisites may count as dance electives. It is highly recommended that majors take a dance technique class every semester. “T” courses offer 1-unit opportunities to maintain technical and artistic performance skills.

Complete 2 units from the following courses:

Approved Electives - Interdisciplinary (10 units )

Complete one course from Group 1 and the remaining units from either Group 2 or Group 3.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the program will have:

  • Evaluated basic knowledge of dance from the historical, social and cultural contexts by using specific dance vocabulary.
  • Executed basic dance technique skills.
  • Demonstrated a basic knowledge of the body from anatomical and/or somatic perspectives.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of compositional craft for choreography.
  • Identified necessary components of dance production.