Dec 07, 2023  
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Music (BA in Music)

Required Credit Hours: 37

Major Computing Requirement:

The Major Computing Proficiency Requirement is fulfilled by earning a C- or better in MUSC 345 .

Major Writing Requirements:

The Major Writing Requirement is fulfilled by earning a C- or better in MUSC 345 .

Core Requirements:

  • 16 credits in core requirements: MUSC 201  (4), MUSC 213  (4),  MUSC 241  (4), and MUSC 345  (4).
  • 4 credits of performance:  The 4 music performance credits will consist of 2 credits in a single department ensemble; the remaining 2 credits may be fulfilled either in a single department ensemble (not necessarily the same ensemble that fulfilled the ensemble requirement), or through lessons in a single performance area (that is, lessons in single vocal or instrumental style).
  • 16 credits of elective courses: At least 2 academic elective courses 300-level or above are required.  A maximum of 4 additional credits of lessons or ensembles in any combination may be applied to the elective requirements.
  •  1 credit as the senior project: Majors in Music will also complete MUSC 491 (Senior Project), which is designed in conjunction with a project advisor. The project advisor need not be the same as the major advisor. The senior project consists of a supervised independent study that may culminate in either a recital or a lecture-recital of approximately an hour in length, or in a substantive research paper exhibiting scholarly engagement with an original topic (e.g., a paper, a composition, etc.). During the semester in which a major undertakes the Senior Project, she or he is required to enroll in MUSC 491 for one credit. Students satisfying the Senior Project requirement with a recital must receive permission by audition; during the semester of the recital, they must register both for MUSC 491 and performance instruction. Students completing Honors in Music will satisfy the Senior Project requirement with MUSC 495-MUSC 496.

MUSC 101  and MUSC 210  may not be used towards the major. No more than 12 credits toward the major may be transferred from elsewhere. Potential music majors are strongly encouraged to take MUSC 201 , MUSC 213 , MUSC 241  as early as possible, and to take MUSC 345  by their junior year.

All music majors must complete and submit a Senior Project Form that is signed by the project advisor/s. For seniors graduating in December, the form must be filed by one week after the fall semester drop/add deadline; for May graduates, the form must be submitted by the Friday after fall break. These forms are available in the Department of Music office and on the Department of Music webpage (