In studying dance at USM you will experience dance as a technician, artist, performer, teacher and dance maker. We offer many performance opportunities for our majors, and all incoming students are guaranteed a performance opportunity in their first semester. You will be exposed to dance as an art form with a history of its own.
Our degree plan is sequential, meaning that each semester builds upon the last.
We require 7-8 semesters in ballet and modern dance techniques, with a prescribed number of semesters at the advanced level.
Students also learn diverse dance techniques, improvisation, composition, and choreography.
Performance classes are augmented with an introduction to dance studies, dance history, teaching dance, music for dance, dance anatomy, dance and technology, and other electives.
Both our degree plans require an internship, giving our students real world experience in dance. These are varied in form and are meant to augment our curriculum in a way that meets the needs and serves the professional interest of individual students. Student develop their internship in collaboration with their faculty adviser.
Upper-level coursework in dance choreography and a written thesis are the culminating projects for Performance and Choreography majors. Dance Licensure majors student teach in their final semester.
There are two Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees available with this major.
The Dance Education Dance degree is a licensure program where students graduate licensed to teach in public school K-12. There is extensive coursework in Dance Education, and pedagogy and the final experience is student teaching for a semester.
This professional undergraduate degree prepares graduates to enter the profession as performers and/or choreographers. It is intended for students with prior dance training and experience and with potential and aptitude to progress to the advanced technical level and meet requirements for the BFA degree.
Graduates become performers, choreographers, educators (public and private sectors), advocates, and arts administrators. Some graduates go on to pursue graduate degrees and other go into related fields of exercise science and body therapies.
All incoming students are members of the Freshman Company, which provides them a rehearsal process with a faculty member and a live performance at the end of the semester.
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Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.