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    Jul 16, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 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 49 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

Music communication and literature

3 hours from the following courses

Music history and ethnomusicology, 18 hours


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

Other course requirements

Foreign language requirement

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

General studies electives, 15 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.

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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