The Dance major is designed for students to focus on one of three career options. Each option can lead to graduate study at Drexel or students can complete the dance degree at the end of four years. Each option contains a co-op experience. Students wishing to change career focus throughout the course of the undergraduate curriculum are free to do so.
The Dance/Movement Therapy option is a four year B.S. degree in dance with a minor in psychology, with the option of continuing on to a two year MA in Creative Arts in Therapy in Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. Students focusing on Dance/Movement Therapy will participate in a six month co-op during the spring and summer of their junior year. For this experience the students will work with a practicing dance/movement therapist, community dance artist or mental health professional in a mental health, social service, rehabilitation, medical, special education or community arts setting.
The Dance in Education option is a four year B.S. degree in dance with the option of enrolling in a five year combined B.S./M.S. program. Upon completion of the five year option, students will have earned a B.S. degree in dance and an M.S. in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum, including recommendation for a Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate in the area of Elementary Education (prek-4). Students in the Dance in Education track will participate in a six month co-op experience in the fall and winter terms of their junior year in public elementary school placements, private student teaching session or community outreach settings.
The Dance and Physical Therapy option is a four year B.S. degree in dance, with the option of continuing on to a three year DPT in Physical Therapy at Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. Students focusing on physical therapy will participate in a six month cop-op experience working in a setting with a professional physical therapist including private practice, professional dance companies, hospitals or out-patient treatment centers.
Students in all career options, including those not continuing on to graduate programs, have the option to create their own co-op experiences based on interest and abilities. Independent co-ops have included internships with professional dance companies, dance service organizations and co-op abroad opportunities.