Individual Major

Movement Science is the most popular Individual Major that students declare. In recent years, however, students with interests in dance and dance-related studies have also declared Individual Majors in “Art and Social Change,” “Communications Through the Arts” “Mind, Body, and Performance,” to name a few.

The Movement Science major focuses on the human body and human movement from an interdisciplinary perspective and examines the laws of movement, the psychology of human movement, the makeup of the human body, movement analysis and movement development.

Students pursuing this major generally have career interests in Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine, Athletic Training, Somatic Therapy, Athletic Coaching or Movement Education.

Course List

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Requirements for the Individual Major in Movement Science (B.A.)


Core Courses
DAN 305: Somatics
DAN 325: Movement Analysis
DAN 225: Anatomy and Kinesiology

Typically, the major also includes core coursework in the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, and Education departments. Examples of courses include:

BIO 324: Anatomy
BIO 233: Physiology
CHEM 240: Organic Chemistry I
PHYS 150 and/or 160: Physics I and II
PSY 203: Child Psychology
PSY 299: Sensation and Perception
PSY 231: Biopsychology
EDUC 202: Human Growth and Development

Students with a Movement Science Major have also taken courses in other Departments/Programs, such as:

ANTH 341: Seminar: Making Babies: Anthropology of Reproductive Technologies
PHIL 156: Biomedical Ethics
REL 306: The Perfectible Body
WMST 220: Body Politic
WMST 305: Food, Feminism and Health
WMST 204: Politics of Health
Relevant courses taken during study abroad tours

Introductory Courses for the major: Only one introductory course may be counted toward the major (see Individual Major Guidelines). Students interested in pursuing a Movement Science major are therefore advised to complete Introductory courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, and other relevant departments within the first two years of college.