Undergraduate Dance Degrees


Belhaven University's Dance Department offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, and a dance minor. Our degree programs emphasize the integration of Christian faith and learning to prepare students spiritually, technically, academically, and artistically to move into the world of dance and affiliated careers.

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in creative and scholarly work through curricular offerings in technique, performance, choreography, improvisation, pedagogy, history, ministry, dance technology, and production, among others. With the integration of other departmental courses including the Worldview Curriculum, students receive a broad liberal arts education in addition to their in-depth dance study.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is considered a general dance degree, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a professional degree. The BFA requires more coursework in dance technical and performance studies, while the BA degree provides more opportunity for elective courses in other disciplines.

The degree credit and curriculum summary for each degree track is listed below.

Admission Information

The application process for acceptance into Belhaven University and the dance department are two separate items. All prospective students must audition for the dance program and submit items for acceptance prior to auditions. If you have any questions about admission, contact 601-968-5940 or admission@belhaven.edu.

Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Dance

The Bachelor of Fine Arts meets a minimum of 128 credit hours to include: A minimum of 85 credits in dance with 34 credits of technical studies, 21 credit hours in performance/choreography studies, and 30 hours in dance studies (history, theory, body sciences, and career preparation).

Download the course curriculum for the BFA in Dance. (PDF)

Bachelor's of Arts in Dance

The Bachelor of Arts in Dance meets a minimum of 124 credit hours to include: A minimum of 58 credits in dance with a minimum 22 credits of technical studies, 7 credits of performance/choreography studies, and 29 credits of dance studies (history, theory, body sciences, and career preparation).

Download the course curriculum for the BA in Dance. (PDF)

Minor in dance:

A dance minor requires audition and acceptance to the Dance Department and completion of 24 credit hours in dance courses. Requirements include DAN 147 Orientation to Dance (1), DAN 170 Improvisation 1 (1), a minimum of 18 credit hours of dance technique classes and 4 credit hours of dance theory courses. A technique class is recommended each semester.