Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies

A Versatile Degree For Dancers

The Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies allows students who have some previous dance experience and a strong interest in another subject area to combine the two into one degree option. The curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in dance techniques and dance academics while encouraging exploration of secondary areas through a minor that can be combined with dance such as business, journalism, exercise science or education to enhance opportunities for future employment. 


Career Opportunities

Combining Dance with a minor or other areas of study will provide support for careers in areas such as: Dance and Fitness studio ownership or operation (Business, Entrepreneurship, Recreation Management); Dance Therapy (Psychology); Entertainment (Theatre); Dance criticism (Journalism); Arts Management (Event planning, Stage Management); Costume, lighting or scenic design for dance (Theatre); Dance medicine (Athletic Training, Exercise Science) and Dance Photography (Photojournalism) to name a few. Future dance teachers can broaden their potential market if they possess skills in Sign Language, or teaching students with physical or developmental challenges (Special Education).

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Admission & Audition Requirements

General Admission for Freshman Students

Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

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General Admission for Transfer Students

Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.

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Audition for the Dance Studies Program

Students that wish to enroll in the Dance Studies program at Kent State University must participate in a Dance audition.

Dance Audition Requirements and Instructions


Degree Requirements

Students in the Dance Studies program must complete a minimum of 121 credit hours and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in major courses and overall 2.0 GPA to graduate. The Dance Studies program can be successfully completed in 4 years (8 semesters) if a minimum of 15-16 credit hours are taken per semester. 

In addition to 36 credit hours taken in Kent Core requirements, Dance Studies majors can expect to take courses in modern dance and ballet technique, dance composition, dance mechanics, dance history, jazz styles, music for dancers, dance and technology, and dance production. Dance Studies students are also required to present choreography in the Student Dance Festival, and complete a dance practicum and dance capstone.

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