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    Jul 23, 2024  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music with an emphasis in Music History and Literature, BA

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The Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in music history and literature is designed for music majors who are ready to embark upon a rigorous program of study in music history that stresses critical thinking and excellence in verbal expression and writing. Classes cover a variety of musical periods, genres, cultural sources, and the music of representative composers. The primary goal of the Bachelor of Arts with a major in music and an emphasis in music history and literature is to prepare students for graduate study in musicology or other related careers.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts with a major in music and an emphasis in music history and literature must meet the following requirements:

Hours required and general/college requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the “General university requirements ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Music  requirements.

Major requirements

Completion of 51 hours of music, including

Keyboard skills, 2 hours

(may be waived by successful completion of the Piano Proficiency upon entrance to UNT, and replaced by 2 credits of MUAS 1000-level applied secondary)

Applied music, 8 hours

Concentration level (MUAC)

Music laboratory (MULB), 6 hours

Other course requirements

Foreign language requirement

Minimum of 12 hours in the same language, including 6 advanced hours.

General studies electives, 18 hours (advanced)

The advanced courses (3000 level or higher) must be from outside the College of Music.



Other requirements

  • In order to be accepted to the music history and literature emphasis, students must submit two writing samples to the music history area. This may be done as early as the spring semester (March 1) of the freshman year or at any point thereafter (it is strongly recommended to submit before the completion of the sophomore year). The first sample is a personal statement. The second sample should be a paper that the student has written for any college-level class, with the professor’s comment and grade on it. The music history area will assign a professor to serve as mentor to students whom it accepts as majors. Students who are rejected may apply only one more time, in a subsequent semester, to the emphasis.
  • Students should choose the general studies elective credits in consultation with their mentor (music history faculty). Recommended fields include (but are not limited to) philosophy, history, art, English literature and foreign languages.
  • German is the recommended foreign language if the student intends to pursue musicology at the graduate level. Another language may be more appropriate if the student has alternative career goals. The language should be selected in consultation with the student’s mentor.
  • Students must complete all music history credits with no grade lower than B.
  • Completion of the University Core Curriculum (42 hours). See “University Core Curriculum Requirements .” Some courses required on degree plans may be used to fulfill requirements under the Creative Arts, Life and Physical Sciences, Discovery and Capstone categories of the University Core Curriculum. 

    University Core Curriculum requirements include:
    • Component Area Option (6)
    • Communication (6) – ENGL 1310  and ENGL 1320  recommended
    • Mathematics (3) – MATH 1580  or MATH 1581  recommended
    • Life and Physical Sciences (6) – PHYS 1270  and additional laboratory science
    • Creative Arts (3)
    • Language, Philosophy and Culture (3)
    • American History (6) – HIST 2610  and HIST 2620  
    • Government/Political Science (6) – PSCI 2306  and PSCI 2305  
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
  • Proficiency Examinations:
    • Theory Proficiency Examination
    • Piano Proficiency Examination
    • Successful completion of Upper Division examination in applied lessons (MUAC)



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