The Ph.D. in Performance Studies is a four to five year program.
In the first two years of study, students develop an
understanding of performance by drawing from a range of regular
course offerings in the field to identify, explore, and define a
field or fields of research. Students are required to complete
four core courses out of nine. Each individual program is then
built from seminar and/or practice as research courses, as well
as independent or group studies.
The four courses consist of PFS 200, and three of the four
offered PFS 265 A, B, C, or D. Each quarter there are a variety
of PFS 265s offered apart from core 265s that will satisfy the
requirements. For a clearer understanding of what is offered,
please look at the Courses page for
a complete list of core courses and participatory
elective courses offered by quarter. PFS 299 is an
additional independent study course students may take with a
given instructors if there is a need or interest in exploring
fields of study not available in the regular rotating catalog.
PFS 299 can be utilized throughout a student’s academic career.
Please note that PFS 299 requires the consent of the instructor
and has a variable unit load.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 60 units before
taking the qualifying examination (QE). Units must be comprised
of a core required courses as well as elective courses
offered by departments and professors that participate in
the Performance Studies graduate group. For a list of core
courses and electives offered by quarter, please see the Courses page.
All students are required to have a good reading knowledge of a
language other than English; ideally, this language should be one
relevant to the field of dissertation research. This requirement
should be passed by the end of the second year of study, and must
be passed before the student will be approved to take qualifying
examination. Students passing the language requirement with
course work taken at another institution must demonstrate that
this course work is sufficiently recent to demonstrate a useful
working knowledge of the language. No more than 12 units may
be taken below the graduate level unless specifically approved by
the PhD graduate program adviser.
As part of a funded program of study, students may be required to
accept a teaching assistantship (TA) appointment for at least one
year, and for many students TA work will be the primary source of
funding. This requirement may be waived in individual cases by
petitioning the Graduate Group Main Adviser. Students are not
required to accept teaching appointments if they are not
receiving commensurate support in the form of a teaching
assistantship or other funding. The University offers several
courses to train Teaching Assistants.