Performing Arts & Social Justice

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We care as much about the creative process as the performance. The Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts and Social Justice (PASJ) educates and inspires artist-activists through studio work, community engaged projects, and research seminars that connect academic theory to practice. The content of the choreography, the themes in our theater, the sounds of our music, and the ways we collaborate with community members are how we explore and suggest new approaches to the important civic issues of our time.


Students concentrate their course of study in dancemusic, and theater; all of which require 20 units of foundational courses on the history of their respective artistic form, on theory and practice of community-based art making, and on behind-the-scenes production work.


Students in all three concentrations take a year-long capstone course, where they design an independent, original project based either in artistic design, scholastic research, or community-engaged work. The remaining units are specific to the technical training for the concentration.

Performance Opportunities

Each semester on-campus, our season has a mix of public concerts, showings, and master classes. We have performances and collaborative community-based workshops off-campus, as well. Our dance, music, and theater technique/studio classes are open to students at all levels. All department-sponsored ensembles and productions are also open to USF students of any major or minor, as well as staff, faculty, and alumni.


What Can I Do With a PASJ Major?

PASJ develops artistic, scholarly, and practical skills to prepare you 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.