Dancing Wheels, a Cleveland-based dance company, performing at SRU. Photo by Rebecca Dietrich/The Rocket.

Earn two degrees in five years with Dance and Adapted Physical Activity

The 4+1 dual degree program prepares you to work with a variety of populations

Dance: Pre-APA 4+1

Offered by: Dance

This program of study is designed specifically for dance majors who desire to expand their professional credentials and apply dance in health promotion practices and wellness programs for persons with disabilities of all ages. Students follow the BA or BFA in Dance curriculum, with the option to minor in Adapted Physical Activity (APA). Dance majors who meet the required criteria can transition into the Adapted Physical Activity Master of Science Degree Program during their senior year.

Why Choose Dance: Dual Degree with APA 4+1?

A key objective of this dual-degree program format is to provide a way for dance majors with this specific focus to transition into the graduate program and graduate with their BA or BFA in Dance Degree and MS in APA. The ideal timeline for completing the dual degree combination is five years. Students earning the BA or BFA degree in Dance in four years are expected to finish the remaining 18 graduate credits during their fifth year. It is an accelerated fast-track program. This innovative format also reduces the overall cost of the program by being able to take 40% of their graduate level courses at the undergraduate tuition rate. This is a tremendous benefit for dance majors interested in obtaining an advanced degree.

What Will You Learn?

Students will learn how to use their dance background to work with clients with disabilities and gain practical experiences through participating in community based programs at the YMCA, Kids in Action and other programs on campus. Additionally, the MS in APA requires an internship where students are expected to engage in practice experiences working one on one or in small groups directly with individuals with disabilities in professional environments. These types of experiences are critical to engaging students in tasks that are directly related to the competencies needed to secure employment.

For more information about the dance program, visit the Department of Dance website.

Careers In Dance and Adapted Physical Activity

Careers in health promotion for all Americans, especially for those with disabilities, are projected to grow by 30% in the next 14 years according to the Department of Labor Statistics. Providing students with expertise in creating physical activity and health promotion programs geared specifically to their major profession and for those who will exhibit disability across the lifespan is a skill standard that expands the credentials of dance majors and their employability upon graduation.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Rock Dance
  • Sigma Rho Delta
  • National Honor Society for Dance Arts