Dance Studies (BA)

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

Goal 1:Technique: Students demonstrate the physical understanding of dance movement.

  • 1.1: Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate and execute movement as a vehicle for physical well-being and creative expression.
  • 1.2: Students will demonstrate skills in one or more styles of dance beyond basic coursework and performance.
  • 1.3: Students will investigate personal movement vocabulary resulting in an expanded dynamic movement range.

Goal 2: Theory: Students demonstrate the ability to identify theoretical and historical frameworks and apply learned concepts within the discipline of dance.

  • 2.1: Students will identify a wide variety of dance repertory, major historical eras, genres, and cultural influences.
  • 2.3: Students will analyze dance works culminating in the development and support of critical evaluations.
  • 2:.2: Students will interpret forms of expression of others within various theoretical frameworks and real world contexts, articulating those interpretations in written and oral form.

Goal 3: Integration: Students can utilize critical thinking and creative problem solving to integrate discipline specific knowledge.

  • 3.1: Students will interpret and apply the importance of body-mind connection with respect to wellness, technical ability, and creative expression.
  • 3.3: Students will research and experiment with a variety of practices and applications of the dance discipline.
  • 3:2: Students will successfully use communication and creative problem solving within a collaborative creative process.

Goal 4: Synthesis: Students engage in independent thinking and learning through selfmotivated research, creative activity and/or performance.

  • 4.1: Students will demonstrate artistic process skills & technical knowledge necessary for creative activity and/or performance.
  • 4.2:4.2: Students will connect disciplines through personal creative process and/or selfdirected performance.
  • 4.3: Students will evaluate their creative process, including research influences, artistic and cultural ideas, and contexts, through substantive written reflection.