Theatre Arts, Drama, or Performing Arts has been part of coursework and student activities at the University of San Diego
since the College for Women began courses in 1952. Theatre Arts was offered as a major in the College for Women within Humanities.
Between 1963 and 1969, twelve College for Women students majored in Speech and Theatre Arts. Upon the merger of the College
for Men and College for Women into the University of San Diego, Speech and Theatre Arts was dropped from a major to each becoming
a minor. This was largely due to under-staffing and lack of technical support for a quality major (Report of the San Diego
College for Women to the Accrediting Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the California State
Board of Education, February 1969.)