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Dance
Dentistry
Design/Media Arts
Diversified Liberal Arts

Dance
The dance program at the Los Angeles campus was for many years a part of the physical education department. Classes were offered for the physical education major and general college students.

In 1957, a separate dance major was established so that students could pursue a concentrated study of dance as an art experience. In 1962, a graduate program of study leading to the M.A. degree in dance was approved. Also in 1962, the Department of Dance was established and administratively related to the College of Fine Arts. This arrangement allowed dance to develop more fully and to take its rightful place with departments of theater arts, music and art.

The student enrollment has increased from ten majors originally, to a 1965 enrollment of 63 majors and 23 graduate students. The faculty increased from four to nine full-time faculty members and seven teaching assistants. Many non-majors studied dance. Two-unit courses for the general college student replaced the one-half unit courses originally associated with the physical education requirement.

Since the establishment of the department, there were significant increases in cooperative work with other departments, including theater arts, opera workshop, folk arts, and the Neuropsychiatric Institute. By the mid-1960s, an expansion in ethnic dance paralleled and made possible cooperative work with the program in ethnomusicology.

One important achievement in the mid-1960s was the development of library holdings.

Professional dance artists were invited to teach during the summer session so that dance majors and teachers could come in contact with professional points of view and with different approaches to dance.

The dance concerts presented by the department increased in number and in quality. In ten years, the programs evolved from noon concerts to several major productions offered as evening concerts. The presentations included concerts by master's degree candidates, undergraduate majors and faculty members. These presentations were an important factor in building a dance audience in Los Angeles. source

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Dentistry
See Colleges and Schools, School of Dentistry.

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Design/Media Arts
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Diversified Liberal Arts
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