UArizona dual major dancers take center stage, help arts and humanities colleges receive number 11 ranking

By: Veronika Vernachio | KGUN9

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona ranked Number 11 among all U.S. public institutions in the Arts and Humanities category in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The rankings are based on five areas:

  • Teaching (the learning environment): 30%
  • Research (volume, income and reputation): 30%
  • Citations (research influence): 30%
  • International outlook (staff, students and research) 7.5%
  • Industry income (knowledge transfer): 2.5%

The UArizona College of Fine Arts and College of Humanities has many students majoring in all ranges, from foreign languages to theatre and music. Many of these students are double majoring within the colleges, as well as across campus.

One of those students in Noah Huang. He’s a Biology, Dance double major with a minor in Japanese.

“For me, coming into college meant exploring everything I was passionate about,” Huang said.

Huang has been dancing ballet since he was seven years old. He didn’t want to give that up for his dreams to be a doctor, so he combined his two passions at the University of Arizona.

Huang’s Advance Ballet Professor Autumn Eckman thinks dance and medicine can actually compliment each other.

“I think he’s going to have a great understanding of how the physical body works,” Eckman said. “There is definitely a connection between the medicine and science and physical aspect that helps us understand the body in dance.”

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