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Philip Grosser, Undergraduate Coordinator
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance
The undergraduate program is designed to provide a sound preparation for students wishing to enter the dance profession in a variety of areas including performance, choreography, production, and teaching. It is also designed to serve as a strong foundation for the continued study of dance in any of these areas or in related areas in the field. The B.F.A. is designed for the student's personal development as well as the development of the technical skills demanded by the profession. Students are expected to extend their competency in the techniques as demanded of professional dancers; expand their understanding of choreography, performance, production, and other areas of knowledge in dance; and gain meaningful experiences in the related arts, sciences, and humanities.
Acceptance Into the Undergraduate Program
Students who have been admitted to the University as dance majors are required to successfully complete an audition to gain formal acceptance into the program. Prospective and newly admitted students are strongly advised to make an appointment with the undergraduate coordinator to discuss personal goals and the department's program.
The audition consists of an introductory technique class taught by members of the dance faculty and an interview with a faculty committee. The dance faculty attempts to choose students with both the movement and intellectual potential to enter and complete the dance program with relative expectations of success. The faculty is concerned that potential students' goals and aspirations are compatible with the department philosophy.
A student must pass the audition prior to final acceptance by the University and notification of admission as a matriculated student. The department will accept a student as a dance major only after the University admissions process has been completed.
Freshmen and transfer students are formally advised by the Dance Department undergraduate coordinator. Freshmen should make an appointment for early advising in the semester prior to entrance. All transfer students, internal or external, should contact the undergraduate coordinator before completing the transfer process.
The Undergraduate Curriculum
The undergraduate dance major curriculum includes a maximum of 70 semester hours of required dance courses. In addition, a maximum of 40 hours in the Core Curriculum are required. A minimum 15 hours of electives are available inside or outside the department. The dance minor consists of 21 semester hours of required courses. Students must complete 125 semester hours to graduate.
Program Distribution of Dance Courses
The curriculum is based on a sequence of dance experiences and additional groups of courses in nine areas of dance.
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Jeffrey Montague, Undergraduate Adviser
Bachelor of Science in Health Studies
The United States Department of Labor projects that health-related disciplines will be among the 20 fastest growing fields of the 21st century. The Department of Health Studies is positioned to take advantage of these growth trends because of its emphasis on health, wellness and disease prevention, and its commitment to educate and train students to work in health-related careers. The department is dedicated to enhancing the health status and quality of life of the public, including those at greatest risk for chronic and debilitating health problems and poor quality of life associated with disease, injury and disability. Health studies is also committed to the role of play, recreation and leisure experiences as significant contributions to health status, functional capacity and quality of life.
Careers in Health Studies
Employment potential for Health Studies graduates is excellent and is driven by these long-term trends: the aging population, the need for cost-containment in medical care, the importance of disease prevention through the environmental and behavioral change related to AIDS, violence, substance abuse and diet, and the recognition that play, recreation and leisure are critical to good health and the quality of life. Depending on the area of specialization, graduates may find employment in physical medical and rehabilitation units, county health departments, and agencies providing adult day-care, mental health, and family planning services.
HEALTH STUDIES CORE
Health Studies majors take a set of common theoretical courses designed to promote an understanding of health, wellness and disease prevention. This includes both the content to be taught to consumers and the supplementary knowledge from the health science field, and from allied health fields that are needed by health professionals for perspective and flexibility in planning health and therapeutic recreation programs. The core includes 39-42 hours:
Note: Students may take HS 351 to complete the Standard First Aid and Personal Safety requirement, or they may take a certification course in First Aid and CPR with the American Red Cross.
University Core Curriculum (36-43 s.h.)
Note: Students must also fulfill 9 semester hours of writing intensive course requirements through University Core, departmental or elective coursework.
AREAS OF STUDY
Community Health (43 s.h. minimum)
Students in this major work in: voluntary health agencies, public health departments, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, corporate worksites, community health organizations, family planning clinics and managed care facilities. Students learn how to provide health information, carry out population needs assessments, clarify program goals and objectives, and design educational strategies and interventions to motivate and involve clients/patients and organizational or community leaders.
School Health (59 s.h. minimum)
Completion of this program demonstrates the accomplishment of competencies required to teach in schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition, completion of the school health major satisfies the requirements for teaching in several other states. Students who plan to become school health educators can antidipate teaching in a primary or secondary school setting. Because health education is not offered at all schools for all students, school health educators are usually employed by large school districts. For this reason, many students develop expertise in a second area. School health educators usually teach content in a curriculum designed for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The idea is to introduce appropriate level content at the life span stages at which students would most benefit from it. The professional education component encompasses approximately 60% of the four-year program, divided among five areas: health science; foundations of health; learning, planning and teaching; research, measurement and evaluation; and interpersonal skills.
Therapeutic Recreation (45-51 s.h.)
In the Therapeutic Recreation (TR) major, students develop an understanding of health and leisure behavior, and learn how to change behaviors to promote health, well-being, independence and leisure involvement for individuals with disabilities. Therapeutic Recreation is the 12th fastest growing occupation, and is projected to have a 39% increase by the year 2005. By combining classroom learning with hands-on experiences, students are trained to become certified Therapeutic Recreation specialists in clinical, educational and community settings such as: physical rehabilitation hospitals, mental health agencies, nursing homes, outdoor community agencies and public recreation departments. The undergraduate Therapeutic Recreation major meets the educational requirements for certification by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.
Therapeutic Recreation Requirements (18 s.h.)
Departmental Requirements (9 s.h.)
External Requirements (choose one 3 s.h. course)
PSY 0131 Developmental Psychology (3 s.h.)
ED 0121 Lifespan Human Development (3 s.h.)
SW 0105 Child Development (3 s.h.)
PSY 0150 Psychopathology (3 s.h.)
Related Electives (12 s.h.)
General Electives (3-9 s.h.)
With a few adjustments in course selection, the therapeutic recreation major may earn a minor in psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences. See adviser for details.
Applied Field Experience
Students participate in two field-based internships using local and regional health care and human service agencies. Internship I involves 150 hours of field assignment. Internship II requires a minimum of 600 hours under the supervision of a certified recreation therapist. All field-based internships are approved and supervised by Therapeutic Recreation faculty. The prerequisites to Internship II are HS 280 and HS 206.
Pre-Physical Therapy (22-25 s.h.)
Pre-physical therapy majors receive a strong understanding of factors that influence health behavior. In addition, the curriculum is designed to fulfill physical therapy school prerequisites. Students in the Pre-Physical Therapy track are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising because of the number of complicated course sequences.
Science and Math Requirements for Physical Therapy (26 s.h.)
0083 General Biology 1 (4 s.h.)
0083 General Biology 2 (4 s.h.)
0071 General Chemistry 1 (4 s.h.)
0072 General Chemistry 2 (4 s.h.)
0083 College Physics 1 (4 s.h.)
0084 College Physics 2 (4 s.h.)
0050 Introduction to Sociology (3 s.h.)
0122 Inferential Methods in Psychology (4 s.h.)
0201 Statistical Methods in Sociology or Psychology (4 s.h.)
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Rick Swalm, Undergraduate Coordinator
Shawn Gomer, Undergraduate Adviser
The undergraduate program in physical education leading to the Bachelor of Science degree requires students to do coursework in three broad areas: the University Core Curriculum, the discipline of human movement, and a professional application track or advanced study in the discipline of human movement.
Study in the discipline of human movement includes a group of courses (PE 0001, 0202-0206) which deals with the intellectual, physical, social, psychological, and philosophical factors which influence and are influenced by human beings as they move. In addition to the Core courses, students satisfy a forms of movement competency requirement, which consists of developing knowledge and skills in a broad spectrum of movement activities (i.e., aquatics, dance, fitness, survival, and sports).
The third general area of the undergraduate physical education major program is the professional application track. Students select the track which satisfy their professional goals.
Athletic Training (AT) prepares students to serve as athletic trainers with sports teams at all levels of competition. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health care personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports teams, and sports medicine clinics. The athletic trainer provides leadership in the prevention, evaluation, immediate care, and rehabilitation of sport-related injuries and in directing conditioning programs for athletes. Coursework and fieldwork in athletic training rooms and/or sports medicine centers prepare the student to sit for the certification examination of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and be eligible for certification as an athletic trainer in the state of Pennsylvania. Admission into the program is competitive. In addition to pre-admission coursework and fieldwork requirements, applicants must: demonstrate via physical examination that they can meet the established written technical standards of the program, show evidence of current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Standard First Aid certifications, and successfully complete PE 241 and PE 242 at Temple University.
Exercise Science/Wellness deals with a variety of health-related fitness issues. Successful graduates practice primarily in the field of preventive and rehabilitative exercise programming within business and industry, YMCAs, health clubs, hospital wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and adult fitness programs. The Exercise Science/Wellness program holds to a general wellness philosophy while meeting the standards recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine.
Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) prepares students to teach physical and health education in public and private schools (grades K through 12). This program integrates academic preparation with field work experience each semester. Upon completion of the program, and after passing the National Teachers Examinations, graduates will be licensed to teach by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Pre-Allied Health is a program of study designed for students interested in preparing for a master's degree in allied health professions. Students study human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, and motor learning as well as various forms of movement. Students also complete a standard set of physical therapy prerequisite courses while completing their undergraduate degrees in exercise science or human movement studies.
Human Movement Studies is a general degree program which includes an overview of the discipline of human movement but not a professional emphasis. Students choose an expanded liberal arts background or use electives to design their own programs. Sports journalism, sport psychology, and health-fitness promotion are examples of possible programs.
Curriculum and Degree Requirements
All students must complete 1-4 below:
Note: All courses which serve as prerequisites for other courses in the Department of Physical Education must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. Department Core and track requirements must be satisfactorily completed prior to enrolling in any internship.
Professional Option Requirements
Students may select a professional application track and electives to complete the 128 semester hours required for graduation.
Exercise Science and Wellness
First Aid and CPR Certification (4 s.h.)
Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE)
Education 0151 Multicultural Perspectives (3 s.h.)
First Aid and CPR Certification (0 s.h.)
PE C100-C101 Human Anatomy and Physiology
Chemistry C071-C073, C072-C074
Biology C083, C084
Physics C083, C084
First Aid and CPR Certification (4 s.h.)
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