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Performing Arts & Social Justice, BA

Promote positive change through the performing arts. Whether your focus is dance, music, or theater, in PASJ, you’ll approach complex social issues and strengthen communities through practice and performance.

Create and rehearse a piece in the studio, attend seminars, lectures, and performances, work backstage, perform onstage, and discover diverse world cultures as you develop your own voice through the performing arts. Learn firsthand what it means to be a working artist using your craft to advance social justice.

What makes PASJ at USF different?

"USF’s Performing Arts and Social Justice program was one-of-a- kind. I’d never heard of a hybrid university-level program that focused on craft and practice, as well as a lens to socially-engaged academic classes that integrated the arts into learning about various issues affecting communities across the Bay & nation."
— Felicitas Fischer ’19

What’s it like in a PASJ class?

You might study how creative expression has been central to the identities of marginalized groups, or work on a creative performance with community partners. The particulars of a class might change year-to-year based on the teacher’s artistic activism, but in a PASJ course you’ll always be exploring the interaction between your art and justice.

Engaged Learning

Learning is doing. You’ll receive training in your chosen concentration and start performing right away, on and off campus — regardless of experience. All department-sponsored ensembles and productions are also open to USF students of any major or minor.

Performance Opportunities

Equipped to Succeed

With approximately 10,000 for-profit and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. generating more than $13 billion in annual revenue, there’s opportunity in the performing arts. Our graduates leave USF having developed artistic, scholarly, and the professional connections necessary to be a working artist.

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Performing Arts & Social Justice, BA


Mon-Fri, 9a.m. - 5p.m.