Performance Studies Major

Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

Program Requirements (12 units)

All courses for SoC majors, minors and distribution requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or higher and may not be taken P/N.

Introductory Courses (2 units)

Course Title
PERF_ST 200-0Introduction to Performance Studies
PERF_ST 103-0Analysis & Performance of Literature
or PERF_ST 203-0 Performance Culture and Communication

Advanced Courses (2 units)

A minimum of 2 other 200-level courses in the department, chosen from:

Course Title
PERF_ST 210-1
PERF_ST 210-2
PERF_ST 210-3
Performance of Poetry
and Performance of Narrative Fiction
and Performance of Drama
PERF_ST 216-0Theories & Methods in Performance
PERF_ST 220-0Sound Cultures
PERF_ST 224-0Adapting Narrative for Group Performance

Production Courses (0 units)

Course Title
PERF_ST 119-0Production Laboratory (2 quarters)
PERF_ST 119-0
Production Laboratory
and Production Laboratory (1 quarter each)

Additional Courses (8 units)1

Course Title
PERF_ST 326-1Performance Art
1 course chosen from the following to fulfill the departmental diversity requirement:
Performance in Asian America
Transnational Flows of Performance
Sonic Practices of the Middle East and North Africa
Studies in Gender and Performance
and Studies in Gender and Performance
Black Performance
Performance of Women of Color
Human Rights & Performance
Latino/a Performance
4 additional 300- or 400-level courses in the department 2
2 additional performance-focused courses from any department in the School of Communication

Additional Requirements (30 units)

Distribution Requirements (18 units)

18 courses outside the school, including 2 from science, mathematics, and technology; 3 from individual and social behavior; and 3 from humanities and fine arts. In addition, 6 courses must be at the 200 level or above.  

Electives (12 units)

Electives in communication and other areas to complete a minimum of 42 units of credit

Honors in Performance Studies

Performance studies majors may apply in their junior year to participate in the departmental honors program. The program is intended to provide highly qualified students with an opportunity to complete a substantial research investigation; to introduce students to graduate-level, faculty-mentored research; and to provide formal honorary recognition to students who have excelled in coursework and in independent research. More information is available from the department office.