Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Dance Handout (pdf)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?
The Bachelor of Arts in Dance curriculum is designed to balance technique, artistry, and academics. Dance is housed with Theatre Arts in the School of Theatre & Dance and students are encouraged to get involved in all aspects of performance and performance support. With two large dance productions and a few smaller events each year, there are a number of opportunities for performing on stage.
Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? Yes: Dance BA Planning Sheet
When should I first meet with my major department?
Dance Placement Auditions for ALL Dance majors and minors will be held on the Saturday before classes begin. 
This day is used to assess everyone's level and help determine which courses are most appropriate for each student. While it is called an audition, it is not meant to be a typical 'stressful' audition.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them?
Professor Ray Tadio (if your last name begins with the letter A-M)
Dr. Yutian Wong (if your last name begins with the letter N-Z)
You can find their contact information on our website ( under the PEOPLE or ADVISING tab. This can be done at any time, but we encourage all incoming students to reach out to their advisor ASAP...even before the semester begins.
Where can I find information about major advising?

Our website ( has advising information under the ADVISING tab, including how to figure out who is your advisor. There are "degree planning worksheets" aka DPWs available on the ADVISING tab (look for the 'worksheets' link on the left sidebar). Hard copies of the DPWs are also available in the main office (Creative Arts 103).

Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? Students and Dance faculty can discuss and workout registration challenges at Dance Placement Auditions.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major?
Dance majors can start their major requirements as soon as they are on campus. So if you hear SF State orientation staff talking about "getting your GE out of the way" in the first two years...they aren't talking to you. Dance majors will get the most out of the degree and have the most opportunities to participate in production if they consistently take courses in the major.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? DANC 170, DANC 300 or DANC 304, DANC 350, 430, or DANC 657
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?
All incoming students MUST attend Dance Placement Auditions on the Saturday before the first day of instruction. Please see the School of Theatre & Dance website for more information.
DANC 300GW: GE Area A2 completed
DANC 304: BIOL 100 (or similar or instructor consent).
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them?
There should be no automatic holds. If you do have an issue, always contact your advisor first. 
If they are unable to help come to the main office (Creative Arts 103) to ask Victoria Giari our Academic Office Coordinator or email Kim Schwartz, the Director of the School of Theatre & Dance (
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? No.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?
DANC 170, THA 212 or 213, and MUS 120. 
BIOL 100 - a prerequisite for DANC 304 and GE Area B2
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

All incoming students MUST attend Dance Placement Auditions on the Saturday before the first day of instruction. Please see the School of Theatre & Dance website for more information.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? No.



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