School of Arts & Architecture
Division of World Arts and Cultures/Dance
About the Major
All students take a set of courses as preparation for the Dance major that focus on the integration of dance and critical analysis. For students who transfer into the major, depending on the year of entry and prior coursework, lower-division preparatory coursework may be waived or substituted. When students enter the major, they continue their studies of dance technique, composition, and analysis, and they also enroll in a primary and secondary research area.
The three research areas are (1) creative inquiry as research, (2) critical dance studies, and (3) dance and civic engagement. The creative inquiry as research area is grounded in contemporary choreography with a focus on dance-making and performing in a wide range of genres from throughout the world. Opportunities are provided for students to present their own choreography, to participate in performances by others, and to study performance production and videography. The critical dance studies area focuses on study of scholarship examining the body and dance, in their cultural and historical contexts. Courses in dance history, dance and culture, and dance as an identificatory practice are offered that enable students to analyze the rhetorical and ideological significance of dance. The dance and civic engagement area is grounded in the investigation and activist-oriented work of artists and the role of dance in the public sphere, and offers a wide range of courses in the nature of activism as well as opportunities for fieldwork, education internships, and other forms of community involvement.
Students select one area as their primary area and another as their secondary area. Elective options provide further deepening of student knowledge and skills in any or all of the areas. Students may also consider courses from programs outside the department and may organize their course of study in relation to their particular interests.
World Arts & Cultures
150 Kaufman Hall
Choosing Your Course of Study at UCLA
Making the Right Decision
One of the most important decisions you will make in college is your choice of major — the field of study that represents your principal interest and that will likely contribute to your career goals. Some students select their major at the time they fill out the University’s application for admission, although a far greater number are undecided about their major.
Students in the College of Letters and Science do not need to declare their major in their freshman year. In fact, you can be an “undeclared major” until the end of your sophomore year, which is particularly advantageous if you are not certain of your specific academic goals. It is wise to wait and explore the diversity of subject areas offered at UCLA through taking introductory courses in a variety of disciplines. It would not be unusual for you to become enthusiastic about disciplines previously unfamiliar to you. With careful planning, these courses may also apply toward fulfilling your university and college requirements.
To narrow your choice of study, carefully consider the general college requirements, the description of courses offered in the major, and the departmental requirements for completing the program of study. Look at the books required for each course. Sit in on a few classes and talk with professors during their office hours. Discuss interests and plans with a departmental counselor or faculty adviser, a college counselor, or advisers in the UCLA Career Center.
Certain majors, especially in the arts, engineering, the sciences, and theater, film, or television require early declaration. Some have enrollment quotas and allow application by new majors only during a specified term. Students should check with the departmental adviser for the majors that interest them.
In addition, UCLA undergraduate students are limited to between 208 and 216 quarter units, depending on the college or school, to complete the academic program and fulfill all degree requirements. So, if you wait to declare a major, you should not wait too long. In any case, you must declare your major by the beginning of your junior year (90 quarter units).
When you are ready to declare your major, you should obtain a Petition for Change of Major from your college or school office.