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

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.

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.
  • 2.2 Students will analyze dance works culminating in the development and support of critical evaluations.
  • 2.3 Students will interpret forms of expression of others within various theoretical frameworks and real world contexts, articulating those interpretations in written and oral form.

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.
  • 3.2 Students will research and experiment with a variety of practices and applications of the dance discipline.
  • 3.3 Students will successfully use communication and creative problem solving within a collaborative creative process.

4. Synthesis: Students engage in independent thinking and learning through self-motivated 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 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.