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Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.


Experiencing Dance & Performance (SDA 105)

This course is designed for new dance majors and serves as an introduction to the place of dance within academia. Through the practice of descriptive dance writing, and theoretical and physical exploration of pedagogical and choreographic procedures, students engage in independent research and physical experimentation, culminating in a final individual presentation and group performance. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Dance History I (SDA 205)

This course is an in-depth exploration of dance beginning at the dawn of time up to classical ballet of the 19th century through historical, cultural, political, and economic events. Topics also include significant works and contributions to the development of the field of dance. Prerequisite: SDA139. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

Dance Kinesiology (SDA 220)

An introduction to the field of dance science for dance majors. Emphasis is placed on biomechanics that relate to the movement of joints, dance technique, and injury prevention. This course covers the skeletal and muscular systems while addressing primary bones, muscles, alignment deviations, and mechanics with special consideration for dance. Prerequisite: SDA139. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

Dance Kinesiology Laboratory (SDA 221)

As with any science-based course, many of the topics discussed in the lecture course must be further explored using laboratory experiences. The purpose of the work is to supplement the students' lecture-based understanding with "hands on" experiments, focusing on functional anatomy concepts. Corequisite: SDA220. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 1 credit. Fee.

Modern Dance II (SDA 240)

Intermediate technique in modern dance continuing from SDA140. This course is designed for the dance student who has mastered the beginning level of modern dance study. Focus on clarity and adaptability of modern dance movement. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SDA140. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 2-3 credits.

Tap II (SDA 241)

Develops tap technique and accuracy continuing from SDA141. Class work includes intermediate combinations and projects for students who have mastered the basic techniques of tap. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SDA141. Fall semester, even years and spring semester, odd-numbered years. 2-3 credits.

Ballet II (SDA 242)

Intermediate technique in ballet continuing from SDA142. Study involves strengthening stability in various turns while performing exercises on half-toe, further developing the smooth connection of movements of the arms and body. This course is designed for the student who has mastered the beginning techniques of classical ballet. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SDA142. Spring semester. 2-3 credits.

Jazz II (SDA 244)

Intermediate technique in jazz continuing from SDA144. The continued study of alignment while in motion, enhancing skills of musicality, rhythm, and phrasing. This course continues to develop increased strength and stamina while effectively implementing technical and artistic corrections. This course is designed for the student who has mastered the introductory skills of jazz dance technique. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SDA144. Fall semester. 2-3 credits.

3 Credits.

Musical Theatre Dance (SDA 247)

This course is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge of musical theatre dance through an historical timeline of movement styles associated with musical theatre. This course requires students to participate in movement techniques combined with classroom lecture. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester, even-numbered years. Permission required. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Dance History II (SDA 305)

This course is an in-depth exploration of dance beginning in 19th century dance of the United States up to present day through historical, cultural, political, and economic events. Topics include significant works and contributions to the development of the field of dance. Prerequisite: SDA205. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

World Dance (SDA 310)

This course iintroduces students to the forms of dance and its place in culture across the globe. Students analyze dance forms by means of its racial, social, and ethnic relevance; how it is class defined; influence of gender and its historical and cultural importance. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Modern Dance III (SDA 340)

This course focuses on increasing clarity and adaptability in modern technique from SDA240. Students develop stronger rhythmic clarity and coordinate movement to link transitions smoothly while sustaining dynamic alignment. Students also work on skills needed to pick up dance sequences quickly with dynamic shifts and phrases showing awareness of the relationships between weight, momentum, and gravity. Prerequisite: SDA240. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 2 credits.

Tap III (SDA 341)

This course develops advanced knowledge and technique in the art of tap dancing continuing from SDA241. Class work includes intermediate to advanced combinations and projects for students who have mastered the basic techniques of tap. Prerequisite: SDA241. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 2 credits.

Ballet III (SDA 342)

Continued development of ballet technique, including safe and efficient alignment and clear articulation of movement vocabulary. Combinations given at the barre and in the center are more complex and introduce new vocabulary. This course includes beginner/intermediate pointe work. Prerequisite: SDA242. Spring semester. 2 credits.

Jazz III (SDA 344)

Continued study of intermediate/advanced jazz dance techniques. This course focuses on the development of turns, jumps, and leaps. Class work includes a variety of jazz styles developed through more complex centre-floor combinations. Prerequisite: SDA244. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 2 credits.

Partnering Class (SDA 345)

Study involves basic classical pas de deux combinations to prepare for performing standard classical pas de deux and improvising. Permission required. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Dance Composition I (SDA 365)

This course examines the elements of time, space, and design related to dance composition. Dances which demonstrate rhythmic skills and a comprehension of spatial design are created, performed, and critiqued. Assignments address choreographic structure, dynamics, and the development of movement material, as well as the articulation of ideas about choreography as an art. Prerequisite: SDA139. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Teaching of Dance I (SDA 370)

This dance pedagogy course is designed to enhance the student’s understanding of topics, concerns, responsibilities, and curricular needs in community programs, elementary schools, and special populations. Students gain additional experience in program implementation and teaching strategies through field experience. Prerequisite: SDA139. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

Ballet Technique (SDA 400)

This course is designed to build the strength, flexibility, endurance, and control necessary for performance of intermediate-level ballet barre exercises, adagio sequences, and allegro combinations. An understanding of proper body mechanics and the classical ballet vocabulary is emphasized. Fall semester. Repeatable for credit. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Dance Technique (SDA 405)

This course teaches the student to build the strength, flexibility, endurance, and control necessary for performance of intermediate-level dance movement. The class comprises floor-work and complex movement combinations from the side and corners of the room. An understanding of proper body mechanics and terminology are emphasized. Repeatable for credit. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Teaching of Dance II (SDA 435)

Students will gain practical teaching experience beyond course work included in SDA370. Teaching strategies and lesson plan development are emphasized. Students focus on becoming an effective teacher while developing personal classroom standards and guidelines through application, reflection, and assessment. Prerequisite: SDA370. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Modern Dance IV (SDA 440)

This course is for dancers who are committed to a progressive training program and who have already satisfactorily demonstrated proficiency in all previous skill levels. Students continue the study of modern dance at the advanced level, focusing on movement combinations that proceed at an accelerated intensity. Prerequisite: SDA340. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 2 credits.

Tap IV (SDA 441)

This course includes the study of tap dance technique on an advanced level. Students learn advanced rhythmic patterns while stressing technical and rhythmic accuracy and style. Choreography, performance, and improvisational work are developed over the course of the semester. Prerequisite: SDA341. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 2 credits.

Ballet IV (SDA 442)

This course is designed to further build the strength, flexibility, endurance, and control necessary for the performance of advanced level ballet barre exercises, adagio sequences, allegro, and pointe work. Style, perfection, and performance quality are emphasized. Prerequisite: SDA342. Spring semester. 2 credits.

Jazz IV (SDA 444)

This course continues the study of jazz dance technique on the advanced level. Focus on the development of multiple turns, turning jumps, and leaps. Pick-up skills, performance skills, and styles are developed. Prerequisite: SDA344. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 2 credits.

Professional Practice (SDA 445)

This capstone course for all dance majors is focused on skill-building, self-reflection, and entrepreneurship. Topics covered include arts management, starting a professional company, and self-marketing in the field. The course requires students to demonstrate proficiency in writing for the specific discipline within the field of dance that they plan to enter. Writing Intensive course. Prerequisites: SDA205, SDA365, and SDA370. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Dance Ensemble (SDA 450)

This course provides an environment for dancers to work in a dance ensemble environment. By working with resident full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and/or guest choreographers students learn dance repertory across multiple genres. Spring semester. Repeatable for credit. 2 credits. Fee.

4 Credits.

Dance Composition II (SDA 465)

Continued development of skills introduced in SDA365. The course is designed for students who wish to develop advanced choreography skills. Students work with experiential choreography with a variety of stimuli to create dance and refine their understanding of the elements and skills of both technique and composition. Creating and performing are equally weighted. Prerequisite: SDA365. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Teaching Strategies PreK to Grade 4 (SED 202)

This course presents the learning theories, teaching and learning approaches of early childhood education, the Pennsylvania and NAEYC professional standards, code of ethics, and the skills necessary to succeed in meeting the needs of young children. Instructional content and diverse approaches in early childhood education are presented. Discussions of early literacy, spiritual development, discipline, diversity, anti-bias strategies, and family relationships. Emphasis on NAEYC’s developmentally appropriate practices. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Intro to Exceptional Children (SED 205)

Educational philosophies and instructional strategies for children with special needs. Topics focus on specific characteristics of various disabilities, cultural and language barriers, gifted and talented, current legislation, inclusion strategies, and current issues in the field. Field experience is a required component of this course. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Experiencing Music (SMU 101)

An introduction to music through the creative processes of listening, interpreting, and composing. Designed for non-music majors. Offered in ADP sessions 3, 4, and 5. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Nutrition for Life (SNT 160)

Introductory study of nutrition principles and their relationship to health. Discussion of topics such as vegetarianism, dieting, and eating disorders. Laboratory experiences investigating nutritional content of food and related topics. Satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall, spring, and summer and ADP Session 1. 3 credits. Fee.

Infancy,Childhood,Adolescence & Lab (SPY 225)

The study of human physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development from conception through adolescence. Includes observation and analysis of children’s behavior at the campus Child Development Center. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP session 4 in even-numbered years. 3 credits.

Scenic Technology I (STR 115)

An introduction to techniques, procedures, and equipment employed in constructing the scenery of a theatrical production; including practical experience in creation and reading of drafting, stage and finish carpentry, metalworking and welding, basic theatre rigging, scenery movement and handling, stage properties, scenery finishing, and concepts in structural design. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Costume Technology I (STR 122)

An introduction to the materials and techniques of creating the visual elements of character through costuming. Practical experience in construction of costumes and basic pattern drafting. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Costume Technology for Dance (STR 123)

An introduction to the materials and techniques of creating the visual elements of dance through costuming. Practical experience in construction of costumes and basic pattern drafting. Spring semester as needed. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits. Fee.

Production Lab (STR 130)

This semester-long course engages the student in behind-the-scenes work to learn theatre processes and production. Participation in shop and production run crews helps the student to realize the design and technical processes that transform text-based versions of directors and designers into reality on stage for audiences. Fall and spring semesters. Repeatable for credit. 0-1 credit. Fee.

Acting I (STR 154)

Introduction to theories and techniques of acting through improvisation, theatre games, and scene preparation. Workshop approach emphasizes experiential learning. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Introduction to Theatre Design (STR 215)

A studio course that provides an introduction to theatre as a visual art. Topics include principles and elements of design and color theory and how they apply to scenic, costume, lighting, and sound design for theatre. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Stage Makeup I (STR 235)

An introduction to the materials and techniques of interpreting and actualizing the visual elements of character using stage makeup. Practical experience in the application of stage makeup and the styling of hair and facial appliances. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

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