Texas A&M Accepting Applications for Masters' Program in Performance Studies
Friday, December 14, 2012
The Department of
Performance Studies at Texas A&M University is accepting applications for
the Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies. Performance Studies scholars
examine relationships between performance and culture. Our program emphasizes
the ethnographic study of vernacular culture and the integration of practice
and research. The department has research strengths in Africana studies, dance
and ritual studies, ethnomusicology, folklore, performance ethnography, popular
music studies, religious studies, theatre history, media studies, and women’s
As a terminal M.A. program, we focus on preparing students for professional
careers in research, performance creation, and public outreach; for teaching at
the community-college level; and for admission to top-tier, research-intensive
Ph.D. programs. Many of our students conduct ethnographic fieldwork and include
performance as components of their M.A. theses. As they’re writing and
researching, they’re also delivering papers at national and regional
conferences, publishing book reviews, and winning university- and college-wide
fellowships for their research and professional development.
The Department of Performance Studies hosts a series of exciting guest artists
(including James Luna, the Grammy-award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and
Tim Miller) and the Rothrock Agenda for Music and Performance Studies lecture
series (featuring scholars such as Diana Taylor, Peter Manuel, and John
McKenzie). Our graduate students work closely with these scholars and artists
as part of their coursework and through special residency activities.
Information on the application process, courses, and the degree plan can be
found at http://performancestudies.tamu.edu/performance-studies.
Please contact Dr. Kirsten Pullen, Director of Graduate Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
For full funding consideration for Fall 2013, students should apply by January
15, 2013. Applications will be reviewed until February 15, 2013 or until all assistantships