Performing Arts & Social Justice
The Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts and Social Justice (PASJ) educates and inspires artist-activists through studio work, service-learning projects, and research seminars that connect academic theory to practice. We care as much about the creative process as the performance. The content of the choreography, the themes in our theater, the sounds of our music, the ways we collaborate with community members — it’s how we explore and suggest new approaches to important civic issues of our time.
The Performing Arts and Social Justice major provides a robust toolkit for artists in different disciplines — dance, music, theater, stage design — to use their work to create a more humane and just world. Our artistic and scholastic activities are designed to expose students to diverse styles and artistic approaches and offer different modes of engagement for students to cultivate their own personal and artistic agency.
Concentrations & Minors
How the PASJ major works
Regardless of concentration students 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. Students 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 are specific to the technical training for the concentration.
Each semester, our season has a mix of public concerts, showings, and master classes on-campus as well as performances and collaborative community-based workshops off-campus. All department-sponsored ensembles and productions are open to USF students of any major or minor, as well as staff, faculty, and alumni. Our dance, music, and theater technique/studio classes are open to students at all levels.
What Can I Do With a PASJ Major?
PASJ develops artistic, scholarly, and practical skills to prepare for a variety of career options that involve performance of all kinds. Our alumni have gone on to become professional performers, choreographers, directors, recording artists, arts therapists, theater technicians, educators, and more.