Music, BA

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 35.5. 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 Electives20
Music History Core Courses
MUSC 130Introduction to European Art Music1
MUSC 135Introduction to the Music Life in America1
MUSC 150Introduction to Ethnomusicology1
Music Theory Core Courses
MUSC 170Theory and Musicianship I1.5
MUSC 171Theory and Musicianship II1.5
MUSC 270Theory and Musicianship III1.5
Tier Two Courses
Select 4 course units of Tier Two courses4
Tier Three Courses
Select 2 course units of Tier Three courses2
Performance Requirement
Select 2 course units of Performance Requirement courses2
Total Course Units35.5

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 239Guided Reading in Musicology1
MUSC 259Guided Research Ethnomusicology1
MUSC 279Guided Research in Theory and Composition1

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2018 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.