Honors Program

The Dance Program does offer students the opportunity to graduate with Honors. To be eligible to apply for departmental honors, students must have a minimum of 90 credits, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30, a minimum major GPA of 3.50, and an identified faculty advisor. To apply for departmental honors, please fill out the dance honors application (PDF) and make an appointment with the dance advisor.

Graduating "With Distinction" From The Dance Honors Program

Requirements for graduating "with distinction" from the Honors Program in dance include the completion of an honors research project. The honors research project should not exceed six quarters of study and includes the following requirements.

Credit Requirement

15 credits beyond the requirements of the Dance major.

  • Three quarters of DANCE 499, totaling 6-10 credits, as proposed in the Honors application
  • Two courses relating to field of research within or outside of the Dance Program, totaling 6-10 credits, as proposed in the Honors application

Documentation Requirement

The Honors Research Project should be documented in via a 15-25 page paper or a 30-40 minute performance and accompanying final documentation.

A 15-25 Page Paper

  • Preliminary research proposal and timeline submitted to faculty advisor during the first week of the first quarter of the Honors Program study
  • Final research proposal and timeline submitted to faculty advisor no later than the last day of the first quarter of the Honors Program study
  • Oral presentation of research no later than six quarters from commencement of Honors Program study

A 30-40 Minute Performance Project

The performance project can take the form of choreography, reconstruction, performance, site-specific work, or film/video project.

  • Preliminary project proposal and timeline submitted to faculty advisor during the first week of the first quarter of the Honors Program study
  • Final project proposal and timeline submitted to faculty advisor no later than the last day of the first quarter of the Honors Program study
  • Final documentation of the performance project no later than six quarters from commencement of Honors Program study in a format such as:
    • An oral presentation
    • A 15 page reflective paper
    • A public lecture demonstration
    • A video documentation of the process
    • An alternative format as approved by the faculty advisor