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College of the Arts

School of Theatre and Dance

Dance Division
D-101 Kent State University's Center for the Performing Arts
Tel: 330-672-2069
Fax: 330-672-2889

Theatre Division
B141 Kent State University's Center for the Performing Arts
Tel: 330-672-2082



The Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies allows students who have some previous dance experience and a strong interest in another subject area, within or outside of the arts, the opportunity to combine the two into one degree option. The curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in dance techniques and dance academics while allowing flexibility to incorporate another area or minor. The degree program encourages exploration of areas that can be combined with dance to enhance opportunities for future employment.

Career Opportunities

Combining Dance with a minor or other areas of study will provide support for careers in areas such as: Dance and Fitness studio ownership or operation (Business, Entrepreneurship, Recreation Management); Dance Therapy (Psychology); Entertainment (Theatre); Dance criticism (Journalism); Arts Management (Event planning, State Management); Costume, lighting or scenic design for dance (Theatre); Dance medicine (Athletic Training, Exercise Science) and Dance Photography (Photojournalism) to name a few. Future dance teachers can broaden their potential market if they possess skills in Sign Language, or teaching students with physical or developmental challenges (Special Education)

Admission Requirements

General Admission for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admission for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours, minimum 39 upper-division hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA and a 2.500 GPA in the major.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Program Fee



National Association of Schools of Dance

Student Organizations

Student Dance Education Organization

Advanced Degree Programs