What Should Dance Majors Know?
By the time they graduate, dance majors are in possession of information literacy skills enabling them to conduct research in dance studies and navigate the extensive information resources that technology makes available in today’s world. They know what information is needed to complete research projects in the field and how to locate, evaluate, and effectively and ethically use such information. Furthermore, they are able to apply information literacy skills to independent and lifelong learning.
In the Dance Department’s theory courses, students acquire the following skills:
100 Level Writing Intensive Classes
200 Level Courses
Since the body is at the center of the practice of dance, dance majors also acquire skills to obtain biological, physical and aesthetic information from their own bodies. They learn how to use this information critically in the course of dancing, choreographing and analyzing movement. The following skills are promoted:
Dance 300 Level Seminars
400 Level Thesis
The assessment of these skills takes place through a variety of assignments, in accordance to the level of each course. Tasks such as analyzing primary sources, evaluating secondary sources, compiling bibliographies, conducting class presentations, writing papers and completing a thesis give the students opportunities to show proficiency in the skills listed above.
May 20, 2010