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    Jun 24, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, BA

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Students completing the Bachelor of Arts with a major in music will have developed a strong understanding of music history, literature and theory. Musicianship skills will have been developed to a level commensurate with a liberal arts degree. The curriculum serves as a basis for advanced degrees in non-performance areas of music.

Degree requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in music should consult their advisor about core 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 “University Core Curriculum ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Music  requirements.

Major requirements

52 hours of music including:

Music communication and literature

3 hours from the following courses

Music history and ethnomusicology, 12 hours

Plus 3 hours from

A 4000-level MUET or MUJS course

Music electives (9), 6 hours (advanced)

9 credit hours in music (guided electives), 6 of which must be advanced. See specific emphasis requirements.

Other course requirements

Foreign language requirement

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




2 hours (or as many as needed to complete the requirements for the degree).

General studies electives, 18 hours (advanced)

18 advanced credit hours of courses must be from courses outside the College of Music (3000 level or higher). See specific emphasis requirements.

Supplemental information

  • 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 Communication, Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences, American History, Government/Political Science, Creative Arts, Language, Philosophy and Culture, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Core Option (Component Area Option) Courses. 
    • Communication (6) — ENGL 1310 and ENGL 1320 recommended.
    • Mathematics (3) — MATH 1580 or MATH 1581 recommended.
    • Life and Physical Sciences (6) — met by PHYS 1270 and an additional laboratory science course.
    • Language, Philosophy and Culture (3) — met by MUET 3030.
    • American History (6) — met by HIST 2610 and HIST 2620.
    • Government/Political Science (6) — met by PSCI 2306 and PSCI 2305.
    • Creative Arts (3) — met by MUMH 1610, MUMH 2050, MUMH 2060, MUMH 3100 or MUMH 3200.
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (3).
    • Core Option/Component Area Option Courses (6) — met by MUMH 3500 and MUMH 3510.
  • Proficiency examinations:
    • Piano Proficiency Examination.
    • Successful completion of the Upper Division Examination in applied lessons (MUAC and MUAM).

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