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The Dance Studies Major prepares students to find their own creative identities by harnessing their knowledge of bodies, cultures, and global awareness, to work in the interconnected spheres of Hollywood, Broadway, concert dance, digital platforms, education, community organizing, arts activism, dance making, somatic practice, dance therapy, social work, arts administration, and to embrace the joy of dancing.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from the CSU Channel Islands Dance Studies program will be able to:

1…Develop an embodied practice for lifelong engagement with dance as a function of education, community, cultural knowledge, social justice, equity, history, ritual, and performance.

2… Adapt various somatic, breathing, kinesthetic and mindful strategies necessary for building a life connected to dance practice.

3…Integrate the practice and embodied knowledge of dance to a range of 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, digital/media literacy, creativity, and global awareness. 

4…Reflect on dance as the primal form of human communication through which traditions and cultures are preserved and shared. 

5…Analyze dance as a continually evolving form acknowledging the origins, contributions, and confluences of world diasporas, the Indigenous peoples of  the Americas, and how race and racism, class, gender, sexuality, religion, spirituality, national origin, immigration status, ability, tribal citizenship, sovereignty, language, age, economics, and/or technology have shaped the way people move.