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THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND KINESIOLOGY


The Department of Health and Kinesiology (HLKN) is the largest academic department at Texas A&M University and generates over 98,000 credit hours and 203,000 (Modified) weighted student credit hours each year.

As one of four departments in the College of Education and Human Development, HLKN is currently home to over 3,000 undergraduate students, 246 master’s students, 70 doctoral students (3,921 total), 179 minor students, 103 faculty members, 32 staff members and 90 funded graduate assistants.

Divisions of Health & Kinesiology

The department is comprised of four divisions: Health EducationKinesiologySport Management and the Physical Education Activity Program. Each division offers various degrees and outreach programs promoting continuing education for students and the community.

Division of Health Education

Prepares students to help people improve their health, and thereby the quality of life, through effective health education, powerful networking, strong leadership, meaningful research and selfless service to others.

Division of Kinesiology

We give students access and appreciation for all things kinesiology, emphasizing the biological basis to exercise and movement.

Division of Sport Management

The Sport Management Program is one of the top 5 programs in the country.

Division of Physical Education Activity Program

PEAP offers health and fitness activity classes to every Texas A&M student.

Former Student Highlight


KOURTNEY MARTIN


During her time as a Group Fitness Instructor at Texas A&M Rec Sports, she was presented with the opportunity to instruct WELLNESS WORKS! fitness sessions to faculty and staff at Texas A&M. She went on to complete her graduate internship with WELLNESS WORKS! before being named Employee Wellness Coordinator in 2017.

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FROM OUR FORMER STUDENTS


Chandler Stout ’15 discusses her experience as a Sports Management Major at the College of Education and Human Development. Chandler has been heavily involved in student organizations such as Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Freshman Leaders in Progress, Conference on Student Government Association Committee, Big Event, Relay for Life-Aggieland and Fish Camp.

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Bachelor's in University Studies, concentration in:

Dance

B.S. IN UNIVERSITY STUDIES WITH A CONCENTRATION IN DANCE


University Studies provides students who are in good academic standing with the university (2.0+ GPR) and who are specifically seeking an interdisciplinary degree the flexibility to create individualized degree plans at Texas A&M. University Studies degree options are offered by each of the colleges and provide additional access to college-specific courses that may have restricted admission.

The Dance Concentration is 120 hours of classes from the area of concentration, core curriculum classes, two minors and electives.  Although not required, the following minors complement the concentration: business, music and theatre.

Students in this program are eligible to receive dance scholarships.

ADMISSIONS PROCESS


Freshman, change of major and transfer students should follow all Texas A&M University and department admissions policies. View the Undergraduate Admissions page for full information.

In addition, applicants to the Dance Program must participate in an audition process. Submit your application to the University as soon as possible. Both acceptance by the University AND acceptance by the Dance Program through the audition process are required.

Auditions allow the Dance faculty to evaluate a student’s technical level in ballet and modern dance. Applicants will receive an email verifying their application is complete before their audition.  Notification of audition results will be emailed within approximately two weeks after the audition.

How to Apply

AUDITION PROCESS


AUDITIONS FOR 2021 ADMISSIONS

  • Live Audition: Friday, November 12, 2021
  • Day of Dance & Audition: Spring 2022 (Date TBD)
    • Registration will take place through CircuiTree. Visit Texas A&M Dance to register.
  • Online Auditions: Open August 20, 2021 through June 30, 2022*
    • Digital Auditions are available through GetAcceptd. Click here for more information.
    • *Freshmen must complete online audition process by April 15, 2022. Transfer/change of major students must complete online audition process by June 30, 2022.
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Preparing for the Audition

Live Auditions:

  • If you’re registering for the November audition, make sure you submit your application by November 7th at midnight.
  • The November audition will consist of a ballet and modern class. Dancers do not need to prepare dance combination to present to the adjudication committee.
  • Dancers auditioning during Day of Dance will be assessed during the classes throughout the day.
  • Dancers may be asked to meet with Faculty following the audition if there are questions about their application.

Online Audition:

  • Audition online through GetAcceptd starting August 20th. The online audition has a built-in application, and will ensure you upload all required materials.

Required Materials:

  • A full-length photograph in proper dance attire, demonstrating proper alignment in dance position or shape (e.g. 1st arabesque)
    • The photo can either be black and white or color. It is not used as a criterion for admission but functions as a memory tool for the adjudication committee.
    • Follow the dress code (see other relevant information below) for photos.
  • Dance resume focusing on training and performance
  • Letter of intent – statement about future goals in dance and why you are pursuing a degree in our program

Proper Dance Wear

BALLET

  • The body must be clearly visible in order for the instructor to make evaluations and give feedback.
  • Female Identified – leotard, pink or skin-tone footed tights which must be worn under your leotard and inside your ballet shoes; pink/skin-tone ballet shoes with sewn elastic and drawstrings cut and tucked inside the shoe.
  • Male Identified – black footed tights worn inside your ballet shoes, solid-colored tight-fitting t-shirt or leotard, dance belt; black ballet shoes
  • Non-binary Identified – choice of either selection above or a combination of any of the above
  • Long hair must be pulled back and attached to your head securely so you do not need to adjust it during class. Short hair should be pulled back with a headband and/or clips to clear the neck and face.
  • No ballet skirts or other clothing to be worn over leotards without approval. Warm-up clothing must be fitted to the body.
  • No undergarments (except sports bras) should be showing through your leotard and/or tights
  • No dangling jewelry, hats, or chewing gum

MODERN

  • The body must be clearly visible in order for the instructor to make evaluations and give feedback.
  • Bare feet – no lyrical or other dance shoes, black footless tights, leotard or solid colored tight-fitting t-shirt/tank top, hair secured back
  • No undergarments (except sports bras) should be showing through your leotard and/or tights
  • No dangling jewelry, hats, or chewing gum

PERFORMANCE


Performance opportunities include: an annual dance concert (Perpetual Motion), Faculty Arts Showcase, Choreographers’ Showcase, Senior Concerts, informal performances, student organization concerts, performances throughout the community and on campus and state, regional, and national/international gala performances.  Dance faculty often receive grants for other performances throughout the university in collaboration with faculty from other colleges.  Students are also given the opportunity to attend various festivals and conferences.

The Dance Program also offers students the capability to work with guest artists in master classes, watching performances and learning repertory.  This not only gives students an unique opportunity to build their resumes, but to work with a variety of professionals in the field.

Dance Wellness


Students who enter the concentration program undergo an extensive screening process known as the Dancer Wellness Project. Through this screening dance science students and faculty work closely with the graduate students and faculty in the Athletic Training Program to assess the dancers strengths and weaknesses. This testing enable students to learn about the areas of the body they need to work on as well as give information to the faculty about the overall structure of the student’s body. This gives us information for students and faculty to work within a students structure in a safe way to gain a strong technique in dance.

The information from these assessments are put into a data base where students have access to their profiles. This data base will allow students to know where their strengths and weaknesses are and give them specific exercises (with video instructions) to help improve their overall technique. Students are assisted through this program with dance faculty and are re-evaluated every year.

Program Details


Degree: Bachelor of Science University Studies
Concentration: Dance
Program Delivery: Traditional
Program Hours: 120

Advisors


Frequently Asked Questions


Bachelor's

  • I still have questions. Who can I contact to help me?

    Please feel free to contact our front office at 979-845-4530 for further questions.

  • I am a transfer student and I want to change my major to an HLKN program. What courses will transfer?

    For courses not specified in our transfer requirements per major, refer to our Transfer Course Equivalency Guide.

  • How can these programs help me get into professional school?

    Our programs typically have pre-requisites built in, or can be paired with courses offered at Texas A&M. Your advisor will work with you on your academic goals while keeping graduation a top priority. You will be encouraged to get in contact with the Professional School Advising Office; they provide resources and services that can help you get into the professional school of your choice.

  • What are the typical program costs?

    The following website can help you estimate the cost of the program, including current costs of tuition and fees: Estimate your attendance cost.

    Please note: you must update the program hours.

  • I live out of state. Do you accept out-of-state applicants?

    Yes, we accept in-state and out-of-state applicants.

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