Performance Studies - BA

Majors in Performance Studies investigate performance on an expanded field. We study traditional art forms such as music, theatre, and dance alongside a range of cultural expressions including ritual, festivals, games and sports, parades, storytelling, dress, social arts, technology, and mass media. Our courses combine scholarship and creative practice, research and performance. The BA in Performance Studies offers a flexible curriculum that allows students the opportunity to build a degree plan that supports individual interests and goals. Through performance in music and theatre, students develop a commitment to the performing arts as socially engaged practice and prepare for a wide variety of careers.

PERF Required Core
PERF 101Introduction to Performance Studies3
PERF 301Performance in World Cultures3
PERF 303Creating Performance 3
PERF 481Capstone Seminar: Performance as Research3
PERF Electives
Select from the following: 12
Fundamentals of Music
Music Theory I
Music Theory II
Global Musicianship
Collaborative Musicianship
Perspectives on World Music
History of Electronic Music
Introduction to Composition
Composition I
Keyboard Instruction
Ensemble Performance--Small Ensembles
Music and Technology
Recording and the Producer
Electronic Composition
Music in World Cultures
Dance and World Cultures
Dance and Identity in the United States
Popular Musics in the African Diaspora
Japanese Traditional Performing Arts
Composition II
Individual Performance—Keyboard II
Evolution of the American Musical
Intermedia Performance
Introduction to Performance Technology
Directed Studies
Special Topics in...
History of Performance in the Ancient World
History of Performance in the Common Era
History of Performance Modern Era
Electronic Composition
Dance and World Cultures
Dance and Identity in the United States
Popular Musics in the African Diaspora
Intermedia Performance
Performance Studies Internship
Cooperative Education in Performance Studies
Special Topics in...
Text and Performance Analysis
Acting I: Fundamentals
Theatre Technology I
Critical Design Studies
Stage Management and Arts Administration
Collaborative Design Process
Collaborative Performing
Japanese Traditional Performing Arts
Evolution of the American Musical
Performing Literature.
Directing Live Performance
New Technology for Performance Design
Design as Performance
Topics in American Theatre and Performance
PERF Seminars
Select from the following:9
Seminar in 20th-21st Century Performance
Seminar in Historical Performance
Seminar in Global Performance
Seminar in Performance Ethnography
Seminar Performing the City
Seminar in Performance Theory
Seminar in Folklore
College and University Requirements
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
Select one of the following:3
Writing about Literature
Technical and Business Writing
Public Speaking
Communication for Technical Professions
Argumentation and Debate
Literature in English6
Foreign language14
Life and physical sciences9
Language, philosophy and culture3
Creative arts3
Language, philosophy and culture or Creative arts3
Social and behavioral sciences6
American history6
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
International and cultural diversity 1
General electives 219
Total Semester Credit Hours120

General Degree Requirements:

Minimum 2.0 GPA overall and a minimum 2.0 GPA in major coursework.

A grade of C or higher is required in all coursework within the major.

18 hours of major coursework completed at Texas A&M.

Complete 36 hours of upper division (300-400 level) hours in residence, 12 hours of which must be completed in major coursework.

Complete two PERF courses formally designated as writing or communication intensive. At least one course must be completed with the writing intensive designation.