2012-2013 Brenau University Catalog 
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2012-2013 Brenau University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dance (B.F.A.)

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

Course of Study  A degree in dance shall consist of 84 hours in dance major and related courses. In addition to the requirements listed below, students are reminded that all majors will demonstrate oral and written communication competency within the context of writing and/or speech intensive courses in the major.

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 programs (does not include Brenau’s A.A. degree). This exemption does not 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

Communication & Language Fluency Portal

Writing - 6 hours

Compose effective and logical written communication.

Modern Language - 0-3 hours

  • 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 students communication elective, if needed.
  • International Students will exempt the Modern Language requirement with a TOEFL score of 500 or above.

Communication Elective - 3 hours

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

Students must take a total of 36 hours of technique. The breakdown of those hours must be:

  • 9 ballet
  • 9 modern
  • 6 jazz
  • 12 - choose from ballet/modern/jazz/or tap

Courses may be chosen from DA 201-202, 301-302, 401-402 Ballet Technique, DA 205-206, 305-306, 405-406 Modern Dance Technique, DA 208-209 & 314-315 Jazz Dance, and DA 214 Intermediate Tap Dance. Dance faculty placement is required for all technique courses.

To meet B.F.A. graduation requirements, students must achieve and maintain the ballet advanced level (400) and the modern dance high intermediate level (300) or the modern dance advanced level (400) and the ballet intermediate level (300); the advanced level must be achieved by one semester prior to graduation.

Dance Repertory

Dance students must take repertory each semester enrolled in the B.F.A. dance program.

  can be taken up to 2 times for a total of 1 semester hour.   can be taken up to 4 times for a total of 2 hours.   426 can be taken up to 4 times for a total of 2 hrs.

Dance Electives

Choose any six hours of Dance (DA) courses.

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.