The BFA in Dance is a performance-oriented contemporary dance program designed to prepare students professionally as performers, choreographers, educators, and active leaders of the dance community. Students in this program demonstrate technical mastery and devote their college study to an intensive and comprehensive dance curriculum.

Daily technical training in modern dance and ballet, and numerous performance opportunities develops a versatile dancer. Student progress in the BFA program is assessed consistently. Because of the professional nature of the BFA degree, the program requires completion of 1261 credits of coursework.


Entrance to the program is by audition. Information about the audition process, including dates and audition application, can be found on the school web page, or by calling the dance office at 703-993-1114. Admission to the university is determined by the Admissions Office.


For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: AR-BFA-DANC

Degree Requirements1

Total credits: 126

Mason Core

Written Communication
ENGH 101Composition (Mason Core) 13
ENGH 302Advanced Composition (Mason Core) 13
Foundation Requirements
Quantitative Reasoning3
Information Technology3
Core Requirements
Natural Science 27
Western Civilization/World History3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Total Credits28

Dance Major Core

Additional technique and performance credits beyond those required in the major core may be applied to dance electives.

DANC 114Rhythmic Analysis and Music Resources for Dance3
Select one from the following: 13
World Dance (Mason Core)
Global Perspectives: World Dance Forms (Mason Core)
Global Dance Intensive (Mason Core)
DANC 150Dance Improvisation3
DANC 170Orientation to Dance Production1
DANC 190First Year Seminar0
DANC 210Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance3
DANC 251Dance Composition I3
DANC 252Dance Composition II3
DANC 270Dance Production Lab1
DANC 360Choreography3
DANC 362RS: Directed Choreography1
Four Credits of:4
Dance Performance
Residency Workshop
DANC 372Advanced Dance Production1
DANC 390Dance History I (Mason Core)3
DANC 391Dance History II (Mason Core)3
DANC 410Introduction to Contemporary Movement Theories3
DANC 454Methods of Teaching Dance (Mason Core)3
DANC 490Senior Dance Seminar (Mason Core)3
Select 18 credits from the following:18
Modern/Contemporary Dance III (Mason Core) 2
Modern/Contemporary Dance IV (Mason Core)
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Ballet III (Mason Core)
Ballet IV
Dance Electives
Select 15 credits from the following:15
World Dance (Mason Core)
Dance in Popular Culture: Afro-Latino Dance (Mason Core)
Special Topics in Dance
Beginning Jazz Technique (Mason Core)
Beginning Tap Dance (Mason Core)
Modern/Contemporary Dance II (Mason Core)
Intermediate Jazz Technique (Mason Core)
Ballet II (Mason Core)
Global Perspectives: World Dance Forms (Mason Core)
Introduction to Dance Conditioning
Modern/Contemporary Dance III (Mason Core)
Advanced Jazz Dance (Mason Core)
Ballet III (Mason Core)
RS: Directed Choreography
Dance Performance
Residency Workshop
Independent Study
Introduction to Contemporary Movement Theories
Global Dance Intensive (Mason Core)
Special Topics in Dance
Modern/Contemporary Dance IV (Mason Core)
Ballet IV
Teaching Creative Movement
Or other courses approved by the School of Dance Director or Advisor
Total Credits86


BFA majors are encouraged to complete coursework in any of the following areas to enhance their artistry:12
Total Credits12

Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Sample Plan of Study 

The sample plan below is a recommended sequencing of courses based on pre-requisites and scheduling. This may not fit every student's needs and is a guideline, not a requirement. Students should confirm major requirements with their academic advisor and with PatriotWeb Degree Evaluation to ensure they enroll in the proper courses and are on track to graduate.

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGH 1013Mason Core (Western Civilization)3
MATH 1063DANC 2103
DANC 1503DANC 2513
DANC 1701DANC 2701
DANC 325 (two sections: 2 cr & 1cr)3DANC 325 (two sections: 2 cr & 1 cr)3
DANC 345 (1 credit each section)3DANC 345 (1 credit each section)2
DANC 1900DANC 3701
 16 16
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Mason Core (Literature)3Mason Core (Lab Science)4
Mason Core (Social Science)3DANC 325 (two sections: 1 cr & 1 cr)2
DANC 1143DANC 345 (1 credit each section)2
DANC 2523DANC 3603
DANC 325 (1 credit each section)2DANC 3721
DANC 345 (1 credit each section)2DANC 4103
 DANC 3701
 16 16
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
DANC 425
DANC 325
2General Elective 3
DANC 445
DANC 345
2DANC 425
DANC 325
DANC 3903DANC 445
DANC 345
Mason Core (Non-Lab Science)3DANC 3913
Mason Core (ENGH 302)3DANC 3701
Elective 3DANC 3621
 Dance Elective3
 16 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Mason Core (IT)3Mason Core (Global)3
DANC 425
DANC 325
3DANC 425
DANC 325
DANC 445
DANC 345
3DANC 445
DANC 345
DANC 370
DANC 371
1DANC 3701
DANC 4543DANC 4903
General Elective 3General Elective 3
 16 15
Total Credits 126

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at