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The Ph.D. in Dance is a research-oriented program connecting theory with practice in such contexts as artistic process, dance studies, pedagogy, and the scholarship of teaching. The doctoral program of study is comprised of: 1) Coursework, including research tools, 2) Qualifying Examinations, and 3) Dissertation.

Coursework and Residency Calendar for 2014 Doctoral Cohort

Note: The last digit of the course number indicates the number of semester credit hours.

Summer 2014 Residency Dates:  June 2 – July 3, 2014 (5 weeks)*

DNCE 6113 Seminar: The Choreographies of Writing

DNCE 6113 Seminar: Epistemology of the Body    
DNCE 6113 Seminar: Movement Analysis, Description, and Theory Generation   

Fall 2014 Residency Dates:  Saturday, October 18 – Saturday, October 25, 2014

DNCE 6113 Seminar: Scholarly Inquiry
DNCE 6113 Seminar: Visual Culture as Research Data
DNCE 6913 Individual Study: Directed Reading or Individual Project (Optional) 

Spring 2015 Residency Dates:  Saturday, February 21 – Saturday, February 28, 2015

DNCE 6113 Seminar: Cultural Approaches to Dance Studies
DNCE 6213 Current Issues in Historical Inquiry 
DNCE 6913 Individual Study: Directed Reading or Individual Project (Optional) 

Summer 2015 Residency Dates:  June 1-June 26, 2015 (4 Weeks)

DNCE 6323 Philosophical Inquiry 
DNCE 6113 Seminar: Scholarly Writing and Presentation of Research 

Fall 2015 Residency Dates:  Saturday, October 17 – Saturday, October 24, 2015

DNCE 6113 Seminar: Theorizing Performance Process 
DNCE 6113 Seminar: Qualitative Research Methodologies 
DNCE 6913 Individual Study: Directed Reading or Individual Project (Optional)

Spring 2016 Residency Dates:  Saturday, February 20 – Saturday, February 27, 2016

DNCE 6023 Analysis of Professional Literature I: Data Analysis and Theory Development

DNCE 6913 Individual Study: Directed Reading - Preparation for Qualifying Exams 

DNCE 6913 Individual Study: Research Project

Summer 2016 Two-Week Residency Dates: June 25 – July 8, 2016 (2 weeks)*

DNCE 6023 Analysis of Professional Literature II: Research Colloquium 

Note: Residency dates for 2014-16 are pending final approval of the University Calendar.

Research Tools

The doctoral degree is granted in recognition of a marked capacity for research as well as independent and comprehensive scholarship. Therefore, in addition to the other requirements for the degree, doctoral students are required to demonstrate competence in scholarly inquiry and in the use of research tools related to their research interests and the field of dance. Students must demonstrate competency in their research tools prior to taking the Qualifying Examinations. These research tools comprise coursework equivalent to a least 12 credit hours and include the following: 1) Movement observation and analysis applied to research contexts, 2) Research conceptualization and design, and 3) Data gathering, analysis, and interpretation related to specific instances of researching dance praxis. Competency is demonstrated by successful completion of the following courses.

DNCE 6113 Seminar: Movement Analysis, Description and Theory Generation 
DNCE 6113 Seminar: Scholarly Inquiry 
DNCE 6113 Seminar: Qualitative Research Methodologies  
DNCE 6023 Analysis of Professional Literature I: Data Analysis & Theory Development 

Individual Study Options

The individual study options (DNCE 6911 or DNCE 6913) are available for those interested in pursuing a problem of individual or professional interest that does not fall within the context of organized courses. In addition, the individual study option is the appropriate course for developing and pursuing a comprehensive reading program in preparation for the Qualifying Examinations and/or to support the research agenda. In consultation with the doctoral advisor, students may also initiate individual study problems/projects with members of the University graduate faculty.

A syllabus for the individual study, developed by the student and approved by the faculty member facilitating the independent study, is due no later than the end of the 2nd week of class in the fall/spring semesters and by the end of the first week of classes in the summer session.

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