2016-2017 Brenau University Catalog 
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2016-2017 Brenau University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dance (B.A.)

Career Opportunities  Professional careers in dance, graduate studies, studio teaching, choreography.

Course of Study  A degree in dance shall consist of hours in dance major and related courses.

Liberal Education Requirements

Brenau University and its faculty are dedicated to the goal of providing students with a thorough background in the liberal arts, as well as academic and professional skills which will help them become enlightened and productive members of society. To that end, the faculty developed a liberal education curriculum based on expectations and learning outcomes.

This liberal education curriculum is divided into four learning portals: World Understanding, Scientific and Analytic Curiosity, Artistic and Creative Imagination and Communication and Language Fluency.

  • World Understanding Learning
  • Scientific and Analytic Curiosity
  • Artistic and Creative Imagination
  • Communication and Language Fluency

Courses applied in one portal may not be applied in another portal. However, courses applied in the Liberal Education may be applied toward a student’s major or minor.

Students with an A.A., A.S. or a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from Liberal Education requirements for Brenau’s bachelor degree programsThis exemption does not extend to any other associate’s degree (ex. A.A.S., A.A.T.). This exemption does not affect transfer credit. All college-level credit that conforms to Brenau’s transfer credit policy will be recorded on the student’s Brenau transcript. This exemption does not affect any major courses required or any major foundation courses required.

World Understanding Learning Portal

Historical Perspective - 3 hours

Demonstrate knowledge of major events and movements in history and use this knowledge to generate a more sophisticated understanding of current events.

Scientific & Analytic Curiosity Portal

Mathematics - 3 hours

Demonstrate quantitative reasoning through numeric, symbolic or geometric means.

Course taken will depend upon math placement of the student.

Artistic & Creative Imagination Portal

Lifetime Fitness - 3 hours

Appreciate ones health status and implement a plan for health and fitness.

  • Women’s College students must have one hour of Lifetime Fitness (LF) or Leisure Sports (LS) or Dance (DA); one hour of Women’s Health (WH); and one hour of any P.E. (LS/LF/DA/or WH).
  • Non-Women’s College students may transfer in the above or take HS 105 (3 hours) while at Brenau.
  • Nursing and Dance majors have specific Lifetime Fitness requirements. Please see those major sections for information.

Communication & Language Fluency Portal

Writing - 6 hours

Compose effective and logical written communication.

Modern Language - 0-3 hours

Communicate in a modern language other than English.

  • Students must have modern language competency through the high beginner (102 or 115) level. It is possible for a student to place out of part or all of modern language via placement or CLEP. Please see the placement information section for specific guidelines. If the student takes 101, that course may be applied as the communication requirement, if needed, or as a general elective.
  • International Students will exempt the Modern Language requirement with a minimum TOEFL score of 527 (paper based) or its equivalent.

Communication - 3 hours

Apply communication skills in a given context.

Choose from any course in the Communication and Language Fluency portal not already applied in the Liberal Education, or choose from the courses below. If a student takes 101 and 102 of the same language to satisfy the modern language requirement, the 101 course may satisfy the communication elective.

Technique Requirement

Student must take a minimum total of 16 hours Dance Technique at 150 level or above. Students must be enrolled in at least one technique class per semester. Prior to graduation students must attain and enroll in a 300 level, or higher, technique class in at least one genre of:  ballet, modern, or jazz dance. Students must complete a minimum of 4 credits each of ballet, modern, and jazz dance.

Dance Electives

Choose any four hours of Dance (DA) courses.

Minor or Concentration

Student must complete one of the following:

  • A minor (as outlined in the catalog) - The minor the student chooses must be followed as stated in the catalog. When required by the catalog, the minor department must approve the minor. Minors suggested by the dance department include: psychology, small business management and entertainment management.
  • A concentration of Pre-Ot (Occupational Therapy) - outlined below.
  • A concentration of Pre-PT (Physical Therapy) - outlined below.
  • A concentration of a minimum of 18 hours of a chosen subject.

Please note that minors list on the official transcripts (with the degree and major) while concentrations do not. Be aware when planning the minor or concentration that some of the courses may satisfy Liberal Education LE requirements.

Advanced Dance

Dance Pedagogy

Total Required Hours

A minimum of 120 hours is required to graduate with this major. It is possible that the student may graduate with more than 120 hours based on placement and transfer credit.

Note: Courses marked with an * are Liberal Education courses.