Degrees Offered

Degrees

The Texas A&M Dance Program offers three degree options for its students.

 

B.S. Kinesiology: Dance Science

The Dance Science degree plan focuses on the proper bio-mechanical principles within dance technique, dance research, anatomy, nutrition, injury prevention, and

 the psychological aspects of the dancer.

Additional coursework includes Dance Production, Dance Composition, Pilates, Dance History, Partnering, Improvisation, and Dance Pedagogy. Texas A&M is in a unique position to offer students a well-rounded education in both the arts and the sciences.  In addition to students being educated by dance professionals, students also receive experiences from scientists, researchers and kinesiologists which offers them a more cohesive view of dance health and wellness.

Our students use the information in kinesiology and dance science in many ways. Starting in the fall of 2019, we now offer three different degree tracks for students to choose from. Students enrolled in the B.S. in Kinesiology: Dance Science have 18 hours of elective in the degree to tailor the degree towards their ultimate career goals. Students interested in the medical field can use the 18 hours towards pre-requisites into professional school.  Students interested in teaching can use the 18 hours for education courses.  Additionally, students interested in dancing professionally can use the 18 hours towards additional technique classes, choreography classes, improvisation, partnering and other dance courses.

A note about the teacher’s certification: Students interested in pursuing their teaching certification in dance should enroll

in the B.S. in Kinesiology: Dance Science and use their 18 hours of electives towards the required education courses. To gain certification, students will need to take an additional 6 hours of student teaching in addition to the 120 degree. 

 

University Studies: Dance Concentration 

The University Studies degree options are offered by each of the colleges and provide additional access to college-specific courses that may have restricted admission. University Studies provides students who are in good academic standing with the university (2.0+ GPR) and who are specifically seeking an interdisciplinary degree the flexibility to create individualized degree plans at Texas A&M.

The Dance Concentration is 120 hours of classes from the area of concentration, core curriculum classes, two minors and electives.  Although not required, the following minors complement the concentration: business, music and theatre.

 

Dance Minor:

A minor in dance can lead to numerous opportunities within the field of dance performance and education. Students can obtain the necessary tools to teach, choreograph and direct in high schools, private studios, performance groups, dance/drill teams, dance within community and/or companies, or utilize their minor studies to pursue degrees in dance. Dance is considered to be an important part of the visual and performing arts educational experience. Studies of dance performance, education and history can enhance a student’s academic experience.