Course Catalog

Music (BA)

Courses in music are designed as cultural enrichment for students whose principal interests are in other disciplines and for students pursuing a major in music history. Music courses develop the student’s ability to listen critically to a wide spectrum of music from many traditions, and educate students about the cultural, social, religious and political influences that shape the music of any given place and era. The introductory courses present a general appreciation of music by exploring traditional Western music as well as the music of non-Western cultures. Such experience is extremely beneficial to a liberal arts education and will enhance the student’s creative work and performance in the humanities, science and other professional areas. It also provides an excellent background for more specialized offerings. There is no strict sequence in which music courses must be taken; however, the introductory courses (MUS 120 or MUS 121) are normally taken first.

Majors in Music

Majors offered in music include arts administration and a music history major. The study of music can lead to careers in a wide variety of fields, including teaching, arts administration, music editing or publishing, positions in music archives, recording, programming for broadcasts, etc. The major in music would be enriched if combined with a major in another area, such as English, math, communications, management, or history.

Program Requirements:

Students are required to complete 32 semester hours in one of the tracks listed below:

Music History

  • Five music history courses (two at the 200 level)
  • One course in theory or theoretical studies
  • Two electives chosen from music history, or theory