Honors Program

The Department of Dance offers 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 Honors" From The Dance Honors Program

Requirements for graduating "with honors" 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.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of 90 college credits, including two courses at the 300 or 400 level in the dance major.
  • Identification of faculty advisor prior to submission of the Honors application.
  • Submission of Honors application to Dance Department Advisor during the quarter prior to projected commencement of Honors Program study and no later than four quarters prior to graduation.

Requirements for graduation from the Honors Program in dance

  • Minimum cumulative UW GPA of 3.3 or above
  • Minimum cumulative GPA in dance of 3.5 or above
  • Fulfillment of dance major requirements
  • An Honors Research Project, not to exceed six quarters of study, including the following:

- 12-16 credits beyond the requirements of the dance major, including:

  • Dance 417 Honors Thesis: totaling 6-8 credits, as propose din the Honors application
  • Two courses relating to field of research within or outside of the Dane Department, totaling 6- 8 credits, as proposed in the Honors application

- Documentation of Research in one of the following formats:

A significant performance project (choreography, reconstruction, performance, site-specific work, 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 blog and video archive of performance activities
    • or an alternative format as approved by the faculty advisor 
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

Examples of Honors Projects

*Example 1: Focus-Performance

Topic: A performance of solo works by various choreographers

  • Major electives could include: Dance composition II & III (Dance 266 & 366), Performance (Dance 270), Choreographer Workshop (Dance 371), Chamber Dance Production (410)
  • Honors electives could include: Intro to Theatre (Drama 1010), Acting (Drama 251, 252), Western Music History (MUHST 212 or 213), Costume Construction (Drama 317), Voice: non majors (Musicp 300)
  • Honors Thesis Research could include: Attending a minimum of one performance weekly and identifying solos to perform
  • Thesis and documentation could include: Performance of a suite of solos by various choreographers with reflections on the differences in choreographic process

Example 2: Focus- Choreography

Topic: Exploring Dance for the Camera- the development of a dance film

  • Major electives could include: Dance Composition II & III (Dance 266 & 366), Contemporary Dance History (Dance
    345)
  • Honors electives could include: Digital Cinema Production (Drama 406), Digital Video Foundations (DXARTS 450),
    Perspectives on Film: Introduction (C Lit 270), Perspectives on film – great directors (C Lit 271)
  • Honors Thesis Research could include: Attending one Dance for the Camera Festival, accessing dance for the camera, films online, analyzing, comparing and contrasting four dance films.
  • Thesis and documentation could include: Full production of dance for the camera, involving storyboarding, filming,
    editing and premiering film in Mary Gates Research Symposium.

*Example 3: Focus- Dance Science

Topic: Examining correlations between angle of anteversion and tibial torsion

  • Major electives could include: General Anatomy ( Biol. Struc. 301), Intro to Biology (BIOL 180), General Physics
    (PHYS 114)
  • Honors electives could include: Biomechanics (BIOL 423), Survey of Physiology (BIOL118), Elementary Physiology
    Laboratory (BIOL 119), Basic Statistics (STAT 220)
  • Honors Thesis Research could include: Survey of literature about angle of anteversion and tibial torsion; gathering
    of data from dancers and non-dancers to determine if there is a correlation between extreme anteversion and
    extreme tibial torsion.
  • Thesis and documentation could include: Write a scientific paper evaluating the results of the data and present in
    the Mary Gates Research Symposium.

*Example 4: Focus-Production

Topic: Exploration of production componentsrequired for fully producing a dance concert

  • Major electives could include: Dance Production Crew (Dance 271), Internship with Peter Bracilano (Dance 450) to
    stage manage concert in dance program
  • Honors electives could include: Theater Technical Practice- set design (Drama 210), Theater Technical Practice –
    lighting (Drama 212), Digital Cinema Production (Drama 406), Costume Design (Drama 415).
  • Honors Thesis Research could include: Documentation of learning experience via internship, shadowing production
    manager at a Seattle theater in either dance or drama.
  • Thesis and documentation could include: Written 20 page paper and presentation at the Mary Gates Research
    Symposium

*Example 5: Focus- Anthropology of Dance

Topic: A Comparison of Tahitian Dance Practice and Performance in Seattle and Tahiti

  • Major electives could include: Dance Ethnography (Dance 350), Identities: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in
    Anthropology (Anth 228), Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations (AES 462)
  • Honors electives could include: Research Methods (Dance 415), Anthropology of the Body (Anthro 305),
    Archaeology of Island Southeast Asia and the Pacific (ARCHY 325 A)
  • Honors Thesis Research could include: ethnographic research in Seattle and in Tahiti, facilitated through Discovery
    Seminar in Tahiti
  • Thesis and documentation could include: Written 20-page paper and presentation at the UG Research Symposium

Dance Honors Application (PDF)