The Performing Arts Theatre emphasis will be expanding, pending final approvals by the Chancelor's Office, to a B.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies.

New Program Description

The Theatre and Performance Studies program at California State University Channel Islands provides an inclusive learning environment that promotes and values creativity, collaboration, community, and culture through embodied performance, on stage, on screen, and in everyday life. The degree offers students a strong foundation of performance skills in the areas of theatre as well as new media. Coursework is anchored in imagination, individual experiences, local and global awareness, current and historical events, and the performance traditions of diverse cultures, all as sources of artistic expression, intellectual inquiry, and human connection.

Theatre and Performance Studies offers students opportunities to:

  • Develop proficiency in performance-based storytelling, whether live, recorded, in-person, or virtual
  • Cultivate an understanding of how representation functions and how it matters on various stages and screens, and beyond
  • Explore and appreciate multiple aspects of theatre-making: acting, directing, writing, managing, producing
  • Use their voices, both physically and metaphorically, as individuals, as community members, and as global citizens


The Theater and Performance Studies major prepares students to forge their own unique and creative career paths by integrating their skills in collaboration, critical thinking and creative problem-solving, with their understanding of embodied performance forms, histories, and cultures in order to work or pursue advanced studies in diverse interconnected careers and contexts, including Hollywood, Broadway, regional theatre, digital platforms, education, community organizations, arts activism, somatic practice, drama therapy, social work, arts administration, and other performance-oriented jobs not yet in existence.

Lower Division (21 units for 4-year plan; 18 for AA-T/Transfer Model Curriculum)

THTR 100 Theatre and Performance Studies in Our Communities

THTR 180 Acting I: Foundations

THTR 181 Vocal Empowerment on Stage and Screen

PA 191 Production

THTR 238 Global Theatre and Performance in History I

THTR 280 Acting II: Characterization

THTR 281 Script Analysis for Stage and Screen

Upper Division (33 units for 4-year plan; 36 for AA-T/Transfer Model Curriculum)

THTR 300 Engaging Communities with Theatre and Performance Studies

THTR 338 Global Theatre and Performance in History II

THTR 344 Global Theatre and Performance Literatures

THTR 380 Acting III: Performance Styles

THTR 381 Performance and Presence on Stage and Screen

THTR 382 Directing

PA 391 Advanced Production

THTR 480 Acting IV: Preparation for Professional Performance+

THTR 481 Research Methods for Stage and Screen+

THTR 499 Capstone: Community Collaboration in Theatre and Performance Studies~

Repeat twice for 6 units of different topics:

THTR 333 Topics in Theatre & Performance Studies

Curriculum and flowchart (PDF, 40KB)

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