Performance Studies - BA

Performance Studies is an inquiry-based field that examines relationships between performance and culture. Students study music and theatrical performance as practice and use performance as a method of inquiry. Students study traditional art forms such as music, theatre, and dance as well as a broad range of cultural expressions such as ritual, festivals, games and sports, parades, storytelling, clothing, indigenous arts, and mass media. Students also learn performance skills that enhance inquiry.

General Degree Requirements:

  • Complete 120 hours with a minimum 2.0 GPA overall and a minimum 2.0 GPA in major coursework
  • 18 hours of major coursework completed at Texas A&M
  • Make a "C" or better in all coursework within the major
  • 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 intensive  

 Major Coursework (39 hours)

Required courses

PERF 101Introduction to Performance Studies3
PERF 301Performance in World Cultures3
PERF 481Senior Project3
Total Semester Credit Hours9

Applied Courses

Select from: 13
Composition I
Individual Performance: Guitar I
Individual Performance--Voice I
Individual Performance—Keyboard I
Individual Performance: String I
Individual Performance via Classroom Instruction
Individual Performance: Woodwind I
Individual Performance: Brass I
Individual Performance: Percussion I
Ensemble Performance--Small Ensembles
Composition II
Individual Performance: Guitar II
Individual Performance--Voice II
Individual Performance—Keyboard II
Individual Performance: String II
Individual Performance: Woodwind II
Individual Performance: Brass II
Individual Performance: Percussion II
Performance Practicum
Theatre Practicum: Crew
Theatre Practicum: Performance
Theatre Practicum: Production
Theatre Practicum: Design
Total Semester Credit Hours3
Major Electives9
Courses selected from MUSC, THAR, or PERF and in consultation with departmental advisor

Students select a concentration and complete 18 hours of coursework as designated within the chosen concentration.

Concentrations

Concentration in Arts and Culture
Technique Courses 9
Music Theory I
and Musicianship I
Script Analysis
Basic Theatrical Design
Dramaturgy
Performing Literature.
Culture Courses9
Music in Early Western Culture
Music in Modern Western Culture
Music in World Cultures
Introduction to World Theatre
Theatre History and Dramatic Literature I
Theatre History and Dramatic Literature II
Total Semester Credit Hours18
Concentration in Composition and Devised Performance
Technique Courses 9
Music Theory I
and Musicianship I
Music Theory II
and Musicianship II
Intermedia Performance
Script Analysis
Dramaturgy
Performing Literature.
Culture Courses 9
Music and the Human Experience
Music in Early Western Culture
Music in Modern Western Culture
Music in World Cultures
Theatre History and Dramatic Literature I
Theatre History and Dramatic Literature II
Total Semester Credit Hours18
Concentration in Design and Technology
Technique Courses 9
Music Theory I
and Musicianship I
Introduction to Composition
Music and Technology
Introduction to Performance Technology
Electronic Composition
Script Analysis
Theatre Technology I
Basic Theatrical Design
Costume Design
Stage Management and Arts Administration
Culture Courses 9
History of Electronic Music
Music in Modern Western Culture
Music in World Cultures
History of Western Dress
Dress, Culture and Society
Theatre History and Dramatic Literature I
Theatre History and Dramatic Literature II
Total Semester Credit Hours18
Concentration in Music
Technique Courses 9
Music Theory I
and Musicianship I
Music Theory II
and Musicianship II
Music Theory III
and Musicianship III
OR
Form and Analysis 2
Culture Courses 9
Music in Early Western Culture
Music in Modern Western Culture
Music in World Cultures
Total Semester Credit Hours18
Concentration in Theatre
Technique Courses9
Acting I: Fundamentals
Choose from the following:
Theatre Technology I
   or Costume Technology I 
Basic Theatrical Design
Culture Courses 9
Script Analysis
Theatre History and Dramatic Literature I
Theatre History and Dramatic Literature II
Total Semester Credit Hours18

Core Curriculum Requirements 

Communication
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
Select from: 3
Writing about Literature
Technical and Business Writing
Public Speaking
Communication for Technical Professions
Argumentation and Debate
Literature Requirement 6
Select from:
Introduction to African-American Literature
Introduction to Africana Literature
African-American Literature Pre-1930
African-American Literature Post-1930
Postcolonial Literatures
Studies in Africana Literature and Culture
Environmental Literature
Introduction to African-American Literature
Introduction to Africana Literature
Twenty-first Century Literature and Culture
Shakespeare
Literature and the Other Arts
World Literature
World Literature
American Literature: The Beginnings to Civil War
American Literature: Civil War to Present
Survey of English Literature I
Survey of English Literature II
Medieval English Literature
The English Renaissance
Seventeenth-Century Literature
Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture
Early British Drama
Nineteenth-Century Literature (Romantic)
Nineteenth-Century Literature (Victorian)
The American Renaissance
African-American Literature Pre-1930
Arthurian Literature
Fantasy Literature
Gay and Lesbian Literature
Science Fiction Present and Past
Life and Literature of the Southwest
Life and Literature of the American South
American Ethnic Literature
African-American Literature Post-1930
Modern and Contemporary Drama
Twentieth-Century Literature to World War II.
Literature, World War II to Present.
Literature and Film
Native American Rhetorics and Literatures
Literature for Children
Young Adult Literature
Latino/a Literature
The Bible as Literature
American Poetry
American Realism and Naturalism
Women Writers
Nineteenth-Century American Novel
The American Novel Since 1900
The British Novel to 1870.
The British Novel, 1870 to Present.
Postcolonial Literatures
Studies in British Literature
Folklore, Literature, and World Cultures
Studies in Literature, Religion and Culture
Studies in Africana Literature and Culture
Studies in Genre
Studies in American Literature
Studies in Shakespeare
Milton
Studies in a Major Author
Chaucer
Studies in Women Writers
Literature and Film
Latino/a Literature
World Literature
World Literature
Studies in Literature, Religion, and Culture
Gay and Lesbian Literature
Women Writers
Studies in Women Writers
Total Semester Credit Hours12
Mathematics6
Select any two courses with the KMTH attribute 3
Total Semester Credit Hours6
Foreign Language14
4 semesters (14 hours) completed in the same foreign language
Total Semester Credit Hours14
Life and Physical Science 9
Select any courses with the KLPS attribute 3
Total Semester Credit Hours9
Language, Philosophy, & Culture and Creative Arts 39
Select any course with the KLPC attribute (except MUSC, THAR, or PERF courses)
Select any course with the KCRA attribute (except MUSC, THAR, or PERF courses)
Select any course with either the KLPC or KCRA attributes (expect MUSC, THAR, or PERF courses)
Total Semester Credit Hours9
Social and Behavorial Science 6
Select any two courses with the KSOC attribute 3
Total Semester Credit Hours6
Citizenship12
American National Government
State and Local Government
Select any two courses with the KHIS attribue 3
Total Semester Credit Hours12
General Electives 4,513
Select any courses except MUSC 100-499; PERF 100-499; THAR 100-499.
Total Semester Credit Hours13
1

 Each applied course is 1 credit hour.

2

Students can take either MUSC 206 and co-requisite MUSC 207 or MUSC 212 and co-requisite MUSC 212.

3

A list of approved courses can be found at http://core.tamu.edu/

4

University Core Curriculum requires six hours of International & Cultural Diversity coursework, 3 hours of which will be satisfied by PERF 301. A list of approved courses can be found at http://icd.tamu.edu/

5

Select at least one course with [UICD] attribute