Performing Arts & Social Justice Major

What is PASJ?

The Performing Arts and Social Justice (PASJ) Major is a 48-unit course of study with concentrations in Theater, Dance, or Music. PASJ trains young artists to create a humane and just society through their craft. Our mission is deeply aligned with the core values of Jesuit education; we see performance as a powerful tool for promoting positive change.

By connecting academic theory to artistic practice, providing many performance opportunities on campus stages, and taking students off-campus to engage in community-based artistic projects, the PASJ program gives students a robust tool-kit to achieve their future artistic and social goals.

How the PASJ major works

Every PASJ major, regardless of concentration, takes 20 units worth of foundational courses on the history of their artistic form, theory and practice of community-based art making, and behind-the-scenes production work:

  • Foundations for all concentrations (16 units)
    • Body & Performance techniques
    • Production & Design training
    • Arts & Social History seminars
  • The Senior Project (4 units)
    • Majors in all three concentrations enroll in our year-long capstone course, where they design an independent original work of either artistic, scholastic or community-engagement.
  • The remaining units in the major are specific to the technical training for the concentration in TheaterDance, or Music (28 units)

Why Study Performing Arts at USF?

Supported by USF’s thriving liberal arts environment, our innovative programs promote technical and academic rigor, individual artistry, community engagement, and social action. Our faculty and staff are committed to providing coursework, activities, and productions that acknowledge and study the performing arts’ role as an agent of creative and social change. We strive to achieve academic and artistic excellence in the classroom, on stage, and in the community, preparing students professional for a variety of careers in the performing arts, while working towards creating a more humane and just society.

The PASJ program is designed to provide students with

  • rigorous technical training in your chosen concentration: dance, music, or theater.
  • lots of opportunities to perform (students can begin performing right away from the first semester they arrive, on and off campus.
  • individualized mentoring from faculty members.
  • relationships with Bay Area artists and arts organizations.
  • exposure and opportunities to learn about diverse world cultures through work in the studio, in seminars and lectures.
  • exposure and opportunities to learn arts management skills such as resume and grant writing, and curricular and program development.