Degree Programs: Scope and Objectives
The undergraduate program offers majors in Dance and in World Arts and Cultures.
The graduate program offers Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Culture and Performance (CAP) and a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Dance with an emphasis on choreography. CAP students research communities, cultures and transnational movements through heritage and globalization studies, multi-vocal ethnographies, dance and theories of corporeality and embodiment, visual and material culture, critical museum and curatorial studies, documentary practice and internet interventions, as well as arts activism and interdisciplinary art-making. The MFA in Dance offers opportunities to engage multiple movement practices as students work on pioneering research in the form of new choreography. Students focus on media, dance history, and theories of the body as supplemental to their work as choreographers. The Art | Global Health Center presents further opportunities for learning and practice.
While operating with considerable independence, our two degree streams are unified by WACD's common concern for aesthetic production, corporeality and performance, the dynamics of "tradition," and "culture-building" in contemporary societies. Connections are forged between critical theory and artistic practice and attention is given to the changing social roles and responsibilities of artist practitioners and scholars of the arts in the U.S. and worldwide.
Undergraduates and graduates have excelled in fields including technology and the arts, videography, documentary work, public service, education, theatrical/events production, performing arts, urban planning, law, environmental activism, public health and medicine. They have made careers in community non-profits and activist groups, government arts agencies, museums and arts foundations. Potential careers for M.A., Ph.D., and M.F.A. graduates also include positions in research universities and colleges, and M.F.A. graduates are active as choreographers/ performers in their own companies or with other professional organizations.