College of Arts and Sciences

The Department of Dance is a learning community that promotes access, inclusion and excellence. We offer a diverse and stimulating educational experience dedicated to connecting theoretical inquiry to experiential learning. Students explore dance from several analytical and methodological frameworks: technical, creative, historical, cultural, aesthetic, pedagogical and scientific, resulting in a rigorous balance between creative work and academic study. Undergraduates considering careers in performance and choreography, dance education, dance-related fields such as arts administration and physical therapy, or those interested in pursuing graduate studies in dance may choose from a variety of options culminating in a BA degree in dance.

Major category: Minimum requirements

Minor available

Curricular options: Creative Studies , Dance Studies

Topic: Arts

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Quarters of general admission to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline:
  • You must enroll at the UW before applying to this major. Please contact the department for additional details.

This major has minimum admission requirements.

Applications that meet the following requirements are accepted during autumn, winter and spring quarters.
1. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA.
2. Successful completion of 3 credits in any of the academic courses required for the major.
3. Be registered in or have successfully completed at least one technique course.

Visit the Dance website for more information.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses required for the major:

  • Successful completion of five credits in any of the required courses for the major.
  • Be registered in or have successfully completed at least one technique course.

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 39
Total from Washington community colleges: 2

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 0
3.50 – 3.74: 1
3.25 – 3.49: 0
3.00 – 3.24: 1
2.75 – 2.99: 0
2.50 – 2.74: 0
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes