Major in Performing Arts and Social Justice

The Performing Arts and Social Justice major provides a training program in dance, music, and theater, with a core community component and a space for critical reflection.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • analyze principles, works and methodologies in the Performing Arts within their socio-historical contexts
  • apply technique and conceptual skills to creative and scholarly practices
  • articulate critical understanding of how the Performing Arts contribute to a humane and just society
  • prepare for professional work or graduate studies in Performing Arts and related fields

Requirements

All Concentrations

Foundational (6 courses)

  • PASJ 160 Body and Performance (2)
  • PASJ 170 Production and Design (2 or 4)
  • PASJ 180 (Dance/Music/Theater) and Social History
  • PASJ 280: Contemporary Performance Practice
  • PASJ 380: Performing Arts and Community Exchange
  • PASJ 480: Senior Project

The remaining units will be specific to the practice and craft of the concentration.

Dance Concentration

Foundational

  • PASJ 161 Body in Performance: Laban (2)
  • PASJ 171 Production and Design I (2)
  • PASJ 181 Dance and Social History
  • PASJ 380 Performing Arts and Community Exchange
  • PASJ 480 Senior Project

Dance

  • DANC 140 Music for Dancers (1-2)
  • DANC 151 Partnering and Contact Improvisation (1-2)
  • DANC 210/310 Intermediate Ballet (1-2)
  • DANC 211/311 Intermediate Modern Dance (1-2)
  • DANC 230 Improvisation/Composition I
  • DANC 231 Dance Composition II
  • DANC 360 Dance in the Community

Additional Requirements

  • Dance 200-300 series Electives
  • Participation in two USF Dance Ensemble Productions
  • Participation in tech support of one Performing Arts Department production.

* May be taken as Intermediate/Advanced technique or as a Dance and Culture course.

Music Concentration

Foundational

  • PASJ 160 Body in Performance Alexander Technique (2)
  • PASJ 171 Production and Design I (2)
  • PASJ 180 Music and Social History
  • PASJ 380 Performing Arts and Community Exchange
  • PASJ 480 Senior Project

Music

  • MUS 300 Music Theory I
  • MUS 301 History of Western Art Music
  • MUS 305 Anthropology of Music
  • MUS 392 Seminar in Western Art Music

Additional Requirements

  • Music 200 series: Music Elective
  • Music 310 series: Theory/Comp topics
  • Music 210 series: Private Lesson
  • Music 110
    or
    Music 111: Instrumental or vocal ensembles **

* All majors must take two semesters worth of directed private study in an instrument or voice.

** 0-8 units, counting as USF electives, not major units: All majors must participate in 4 semesters of performance with one of our USF ensembles.

Theater Concentration

Foundational

  • PASJ 162 Acting 1: Body in Performance: Laban Movement Analysis (2)
  • PASJ 172 Production and Design II
  • PASJ 182 Theater and Social History
  • PASJ 380 Performing Arts and Community Exchange
  • PASJ 480 Senior Project

Theater

  • THTR 120 Acting I: Spoken Text (2)
  • THTR 220 Acting II - Scene Study
  • THTR 230 Composition I
  • THTR 272 Laboratory in Theater Practice (1)
  • THTR 320 Acting III: Viewpoints

Additional Requirements

  • THTR 303: Performance and Cultural Resistance
  • THTR 305-316: Performance and Culture Series
  • THTR 330-390: Theater Technique Electives (8)
  • Perform in two Performing Arts Department Theater productions. Participation in tech support of two Performing Arts Department productions.