Undergraduate Program

Welcome to the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.

TDPS houses two sets of majors and minors; one set in Theater, and the other in Dance.  You can find more information about the learning goals and course requirements of our programs using the links to the right.

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies teaches performance as a mode of critical inquiry, creative expression and public engagement. Through performance training and research, we create liberal arts graduates with expanded analytical, technical and imaginative capacities. As a public institution, we make diversity and inclusion a key part of our teaching, art making and public programming.

Undergraduate majors and minors are well prepared for the future, both as artists and engaged citizens of the world.  The flexibility and integration of curriculum makes our majors excellent candidates for a variety of professions in the social, corporate, legal, and arts sectors as well for admission to graduate programs in the arts and in professional schools.  We are proud of the ways our graduates have used their critical and expressive skills toward successful careers as professional artists in dance, theater, and experimental performance as well as in law, advertising, human resources, publishing, radio, technology, social work, and in all aspects of for-profit and non-profit administration.

At a time when scholars and practitioners across a variety of fields call for more cross-disciplinary intellectual collaboration and project-based learning in higher education, we take pride in our daily commitment to collaboration and to the kind of rigorously critical, team-based projects we develop with our students, staff, and faculty both in the classroom and in our production season.

The faculty, staff, and students welcome you to our diverse and energetic department.  In the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, you will find small class sizes, inspiring faculty, engaged staff, talented students, and multiple opportunities to purse your artistic, intellectual, and creative capacities in ways that are both challenging and fulfilling.

Academic questions, declare major, class schedule planning:
Michael Mansfield, Undergraduate Advisor
15B Dwinelle Hall (office hours: Mon-Fri, 1pm to 4pm)
(510) 643-4050