The music major is founded on a balance in the core training between the fields of music history, ethnomusicology, theory, and composition. Through a series of requirements, you will acquire a foundation that introduces you to the sheer range of musical traditions available for study and to a series of specialist skills and tools that facilitate and deepen that study.
The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 34.0. Double majors may entail more course units.
For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.
|College General Education Requirements and Free Electives|
|Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives||20|
|Music History Core Courses|
|MUSC 130||Introduction to European Art Music||1|
|MUSC 135||Introduction to the Music Life in America||1|
|MUSC 150||Introduction to Ethnomusicology||1|
|Music Theory Core Courses|
|MUSC 170||Theory and Musicianship I||1.5|
|MUSC 171||Theory and Musicianship II||1.5|
|Tier Two Courses|
|Select 4 course units of Tier Two courses||4|
|Historical Eras and Topics: Earlier Periods|
|Historical Eras and Topics: Later Periods|
|Themes in Music History|
|Studies in African-American Music|
|Performance, Analysis, History|
|Music, Religion, Ritual in South and Southeast Asia.|
|Accordions of the New World|
|Music and Performance of Africa|
|Caribbean Music and Diaspora|
|Latin American Music|
|Theory and Musicianship III|
|Composition I: Historical Practices|
|Composition II: Contemporary Practices|
|Composition for Musicians|
|Tier Three Courses|
|Select 2 course units of Tier Three courses||2|
|Seminar in Music History|
|Seminar in Ethnomusicology|
|Seminar in Theory and Composition|
Any Graduate course MUSC 508 and above
|Select 2 course units of Performance Requirement courses||2|
|Marian Anderson Performance Program|
|Marian Anderson Group Performance Program|
|Total Course Units||34|
You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.
Applicants must have completed one Guided Reading course, have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher, and complete a research paper.
|Guided Reading Courses|
|MUSC 239||Honors Thesis in Music I||0.5|
|MUSC 259||Honors Thesis in Music II||0.5|
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.