Degree plan

General Education Curriculum


GEC 01. Written Communication (6 hours)


  • ENG 101 - Composition One 3 hrs.
  • ENG 102 - Composition Two 3 hrs.

GEC 02. Natural Science and Mathematics (11 hours minimum)


Science Requirement (8 hours minimum)

Select 2 courses with labs:

  • AST 111 - General Astronomy I 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 111L - General Astronomy I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • AST 112 - General Astronomy II 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 112L - General Astronomy II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 103 - Biology and Society 3 hrs. ◊ AND
  • BSC 103L - Biology and Society Laboratory 1 hr ◊

  • BSC 107 - Human Biology 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 107L - Human Biology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 110 - Principles of Biological Science I 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 110L - Principles of Biological Science I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 111 - Principles of Biological Science II 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 111L - Principles of Biological Science II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 250 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 250L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 104 - Chemistry and Our Environment 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 104L - Chemistry and Our Environment Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 106 - General Chemistry I 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 106L - General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 107 - General Chemistry II 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 107L - General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GHY 104 - Weather and Climate 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 104L - Weather and Climate Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GHY 105 - Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 105L - Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 101 - Physical Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 101L - Physical Geology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 103 - Historical Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 103L - Historical Geology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • MAR 151 - Introduction to Ocean Science 3 hrs. AND
  • MAR 151L - Introduction to Ocean Science Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 103 - Introductory Physics 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 103L - Introductory Physics Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 111 - General Physics I 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 111L - General Physics I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 112 - General Physics II 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 112L - General Physics II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 201 - General Physics I with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 201L - General Physics I with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 202 - General Physics II with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 202L - General Physics II with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PSC 190 - Living in a Material World 3 hrs. AND
  • PSC 190L - Lab for Living in a Material World 1 hr.
Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

  • MAT 100 - Quantitative Reasoning 3 hrs. ***
  • MAT 101 - College Algebra 3 hrs.
  • Higher-level MAT course

GEC 03. Humanities (9 hours)


  • ENG 203 - World Literature 3 hrs.
Select 2 courses, 1 History required:

  • HIS 101 - World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E. 3 hrs. *
  • HIS 102 - World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 3 hrs. *
  • PHI 151 - Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs.
  • PHI 171 - Ethics and Good Living 3 hrs.
  • REL 131 - Comparative Religion 3 hrs.

GEC 04. Aesthetic Values (3 hours)


Select 1 course:

  • ART 130 - Art Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • DAN 130 - Dance Appreciation 3 hrs. *
  • MUS 165 - The Enjoyment of Music 3 hrs.
  • THE 100 - Theatrical Expressions 3 hrs.

GEC 05. Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)


Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101 - The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs. *
  • COH 100 - Concepts of Wellness 3 hrs.
  • ECO 101 - Basic Economics 3 hrs.
  • GHY 101 - World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs. *
  • PS 101 - American Government 3 hrs.
  • PSY 110 - General Psychology 3 hrs. *
  • SOC 101 - Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 3 hrs. *

GEC 06. Computer Competency Requirement (Major Area)


  • DAN 491 - Senior Capstone Experience in Dance 3 hrs. (Capstone)

GEC 07. Writing-Intensive Requirement (Major Area)


  • DED 360 - Methods in Dance Education K-12 3 hrs. (WI) (SI)
  • ENG 101  & ENG 102  prerequisites

GEC 08. Speaking Intensive Requirement (3 hours)


Select 1 course:

  • CMS 111 - Oral Communication 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 305 - Interpersonal Communication 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 320 - Business and Professional Speaking 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 330 - Small-Group Communication 3 hrs. (SI)

GEC 09. Capstone Requirement (Major Area)


  • DAN 491 - Senior Capstone Experience in Dance 3 hrs. (Capstone)
  • Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101  & ENG 102  prerequisites

Note:


*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major.

**This particular GEC course is recommended by this major.

***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

GEC restrictions apply; see here .

GEC 06 - GEC 09 courses are specific to this major.

For full description of the GEC, see here .

Program Curriculum


DEG 01. Major Area of Study Requirements (67-70 hours)


  • DAN 130 - Dance Appreciation 3 hrs. *
  • DAN 135 - Introduction to Dance Studies 1 hr.
  • DAN 209 - Dance Styles Elective 2 hrs.
  • DAN 210 - Dance Improvisation 3 hrs.
  • DAN 212 - Elements of Dance Composition 3 hrs.
  • DAN 220 - Freshman Repertory 1 hr.
  • DAN 240 - Music Analysis for Dance 3 hrs.
  • DAN 310 - Dance Composition, Theory and Application 3 hrs.
  • DAN 312 - Junior Choreographic Project 2 hrs.
  • DAN 320 - Dance Production 1 hr.
  • DAN 380 - Experiential Anatomy for Dancers 3 hrs.
  • DAN 431 - 20th Century Dance Forms 3 hrs.
  • DAN 471 - Dance Internship 1-6 hrs.
  • DAN 491 - Senior Capstone Experience in Dance 3 hrs. (Capstone)
Select 15 hours (Modern Dance)♦:

At least 2 semesters at the 400 level is required in Modern technique.

  • DAN 301 - Modern Dance Technique III 3 hrs.
  • DAN 381 - Dance Injury Rehabilitation for Modern Technique 3 hrs.
  • DAN 401 - Modern Dance Technique IV 3 hrs.
Select 12 hours (Ballet) ♦:

At least 2 semesters at the 400 level is required in Ballet technique.

  • DAN 302 - Ballet Technique II 3 hrs.
  • DAN 382 - Dance Injury Rehabilitation for Ballet Technique 3 hrs.
  • DAN 402 - Ballet Technique III 3 hrs.
Select 6 hours:

  • DAN 324 - Repertory Dance Company II 1 hr.
  • DAN 328 - Dance Performance Project 1 hr.
  • DAN 420 - Repertory Dance Company 1 hr. (for a minimum of 1 hour)
Select 1 course:

  • DAN 384 - Introduction to Somatics for Dance 2 hrs.
  • DAN 386 - Dance Conditioning 2 hrs.
Select 2-3 hours:

  • SOC 405 - Nonprofits and Social Change 3 hrs.
  • NPS 406 - Nonprofit Resource Development and Fundraising 3 hrs.
  • DAN electives
  • DED electives

DEG 02. Teacher Licensure Requirements (31-43 hours)


  • CIS 302 - Classroom Management 3 hrs.
  • DED 260 - Field Observations in Dance 1hr.
  • DED 261 - Introduction to Dance Education 1 hr.
  • DED 360 - Methods in Dance Education K-12 3 hrs. (WI) (SI)
  • DED 361 - Practicum in Dance Education 2 hrs.
  • DED 365 - Methods of Teaching Dance II 3 hrs.
  • DED 460 - Student Teaching in Elementary Dance 6 hrs.
  • DED 461 - Student Teaching in Secondary Dance 6 hrs.
  • HIS 101 - World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E. 3 hrs. *
  • HIS 102 - World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 3 hrs. *
  • PSY 110 - General Psychology 3 hrs. *
  • REF 469 - Tests and Measurements 3 hrs.
  • SPE 400 - Psychology & Education of Exceptional Children 3 hrs.
  • Teacher Education majors are required to take Praxis II content and PLT tests and have scores reported to Southern Miss (code #1479 prior to graduation).
Select 1 course:

  • ANT 101 - The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs. * or
  • GHY 101 - World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs. * or
  • SOC 101 - Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 3 hrs. *

DEG 03. Electives (0 hours)


Choose electives as needed with adviser's approval. (See Hours to Degree below.)

Note:


+ By Audition

♦DAN 201  and DAN 202  may be required for students not meeting 300-level requirements

These courses must total to 4 hours.

Hours to Degree


136 hours are needed to graduate with a BFA in Dance (Licensure). At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The student must earn at least 21 of the last 30 hours of course work and at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss. See Residence Hour Requirements for more information.