Academics Dance Studies Option


Dance Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Dance Studies

Five Year Course Rotation

Dance Minor

The Interdisciplinary Studies: Dance Studies curriculum unifies the physical, intellectual, cultural and artistic aspects of dance into an invigorating course of study, and prepares students for careers in the dance arts and/or for graduate studies.  Experience and practice in a broad range of technical, performance and creative skills develop the student’s capacity to form and transform thought into expressive composition and performance.  By investigating the relationship of dance to other art forms, various ethnic groups and cultures, and to social trends through historic and contemporary periods, our students grasp the profound importance of dance as a fine art and as an essential component of human existence.

The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Dance Studies degree is a 49 unit degree. It has a diverse core of 31 units with 9 units of dance electives. An additional 9 units of interdisciplinary electives allow students to develop skills in dance design/technical production, and to enhance their dance education with knowledge from other art forms, multicultural study, sacred studies and/or dance pedagogy and teaching skills.

Annually, we offer two-three informal performances and one main stage concert.  These performance opportunities refine and develop choreographic and performance skills while providing unique collaborative experiences with scenic, costume and lighting designers.  In coordination with CenterArts, we are able to provide affordable tickets and multiple master class opportunities with internationally renowned dance artists and companies.

The Dance Studies Program participates annually in American College Dance Festival Association conferences.

Students are highly encouraged to participate in the international exchange programs in order to experience dance as a universal and unifying phenomenon. 

Dance Core:  31 units
Dance Electives: 9
Interdisciplinary Electives: 9
Total Units for Degree: 49

The Dance Studies Option prepares students for careers as dance teachers, choreographers and performers of innovative and/or multicultural works; performance artists; teachers of mind/body integration techniques; special arts events coordinators; designers of lights, sets and costumes; and prepares students for further study at the graduate level.

Additional Dance at HSU:
  • See: PE Dance Classes
  • Interdisciplinary Dance Club (IDC). The club offers diverse dance experiences and classes.  Dancers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. hsudance@humboldt.edu

    Also see HSU’s Clubs and Activities page at HSU Clubs for more information on the following:

  • Middle Eastern Dance Club: medance@humboldt.edu
  • Mexican Folklorico Club:  Ballet Folklorico de Humboldt: ballet@humboldt.edu
  • Salsa Dance Club: salsa@humboldt.edu
  • Lindy Hop Club: hsudance@humboldt.edu
  • Demolition Dance Team: dsquad@humboldt.edu

    For further information on the Dance Studies Major or Minor contact Sharon Butcher at sgb14@humboldt.edu or call 707-826-3549.

    For specific course requirements: HSU Catalog