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.
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
The online audition has a built-in application. It will require you to also upload a dance resume, full-length dance photograph, and a letter of intent. Your letter of intent should discuss your aspirations and goals as well as why the TAMU Dance Program is the program for you.
- Follow the dress code (see other relevant information below) for photos. The photo can either be black and white or color. The photograph is not used as a criterion for admission but functions as a memory tool for the adjudication committee.
- Women – solid colored leotard, pink tights, pink (or skin tone) ballet shoes, hair pulled back in a bun. No jewelry allowed. No pointe shoes.
- Men – black tights, solid colored tight-fitting t-shirt or leotard, dance belt; ballet shoes
- Women – solid colored leotard and black tights, bare feet. Hair pulled back and away from the face. No jewelry allowed.
- Men – black footless tights, solid colored tight-fitting t-shirt or leotard, dance belt, bare feet
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.
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.
Degree: Bachelor of Science University Studies
Program Delivery: Traditional
Program Hours: 120
Frequently Asked Questions
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: Click here for the cost of attendance estimator
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.