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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 2016 Doctoral Cohort

Note: The last digit of the course number indicates the number of semester credit hours. The following course titles are subject to change. Some titles and course descriptions will be undergoing slight changes during fall 2014, but will be finalized and posted by spring 2015.

Summer 2016 Residency Dates: June 6 – July 8, 2016 (5 weeks)

DNCE 6113 Seminar: The Choreographies of Writing

DNCE 6113 Seminar: Movement Analysis and Description


Fall 2016 Residency Dates: Saturday, October 22 – Saturday, October 29, 2016

DNCE 6113 Seminar: Scholarly Inquiry in Dance

DNCE 6113 Seminar: Current Trends in Dance Education and Research

DNCE 6913 Individual Study: Directed Reading or Individual Project (Optional)

Spring 2017 Residency Dates: Saturday, February 25 – Saturday, March 4, 2017

DNCE 6113 Seminar: Dance and Culture

DNCE 6213 Current Issues in Historical Inquiry

DNCE 6913 Individual Study: Directed Reading or Individual Project (Optional)

Summer 2017 Residency Dates: June 5-June 30, 2017 (4 Weeks)

DNCE 6323 Epistemology of the Body

DNCE 6113 Seminar: Scholarly Writing


Fall 2017 Residency Dates: Saturday, October 21 – Saturday, October 28, 2017

DNCE 6113 Seminar: Theorizing Performance

DNCE 6113 Seminar: Research Methodologies

DNCE 6913 Individual Study: Directed Reading or Individual Project (Optional)

Spring 2018 Residency Dates: Saturday, February 24 – Saturday, March 3, 2018

DNCE 6023 (Part I) Research Data Collection and Analysis

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

DNCE 6913 Individual Study: Research Project

Summer 2018 Two-Week Residency Dates: June 23 – July 6, 2016 (2 weeks)

DNCE 6023 (Part II) Research Colloquium

Note: Residency dates for 2016-18 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 Examination. 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 and Description

DNCE 6113 Seminar: Scholarly Inquiry in Dance

DNCE 6113 Seminar: Research Methodologies

DNCE 6023 Research Data Collection Analysis

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 Examination 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.

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