Music: Jazz and Popular Music, Minor

There are two paths of study for the Music minor.  One flexible path allows students to draw together five courses on a wide array of topics in History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology.  The other path is the Interdisciplinary minor in Jazz and Popular Music studies, which is intended for students who wish to integrate their interest in music in the contemporary world and in academically-based community service as a form of learning.  This minor is also for music majors who wish to include knowledge of jazz and popular music performance into their degrees.

Minor Requirements
Core Requirements2
Select 2 of the following:
Jazz Style and History
Thinking About Popular Music
World Musics and Cultures
Select 4 of the following courses in performance, history and culture or the music industry: 1,2
African-American Literature
Literatures of Jazz
Sounding Poetry
On Belonging: Music, Displacement, and Well-Being (SNF Paideia Program Course)
Music of Africa
Music in Troubled Places
Seeing/Hearing Globally (SNF Paideia Program Course)
Introduction to Theory and Musicianship
Introduction to the Music Life in America
Introduction to Ethnomusicology
Modular Electronic Music Systems & Performance
Recording Music: Theory & Methods
Studies in African-American Music
Music and Healing
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
Seminar in Ethnomusicology
Critical Approaches to Popular Culture
Media and Popular Culture
American Musical Theatre
Only 1 C.U. in Performance coursework may be used toward minor elective requirements from the list below:
Ensemble Performance (0.5 c.u. per semester)
Marian Anderson Performance Program
Marian Anderson Performance Program
Marian Anderson Group Performance Program
Marian Anderson Group Performance Program
Beginning Tabla I
Beginning Tabla II
Beginning Sitar I
Beginning Sitar II
Total Course Units6

Only 1 course unit of performance coursework may be used toward minor electives. Consult with the Minor advisor.


If MUSC 0070 Ensemble Performance (0.5 course unit) is chosen as an elective, additional semesters are required.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2024 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.