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About the Major


A major in music leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 36 credits as follows:

  1. MUS 120, 161, 162, 201, 202, 260, 395, 473 or 493 (thesis), and completion of one of the following sequences:
    1. History: three courses chosen from MUS 220, 221, 231, 232, 233, 295, 331, 332 and 396
    2. Theory-Composition: MUS 361, 362, and one course chosen from MUS 233, 397, and 423 (with the approval of the theory/composition faculty)
    3. Performance: three credits chosen from applied music courses at the 300-level or above; and six credits chosen from MUS 220, 221, 231, 232, 233, 331, 332, 361, 362, 396, and 423
  2. Enrollment in ensemble courses (108-115) is required every fall and winter term after declaring the music major
  3. Demonstrated piano proficiency by the end of the junior year
  4. Concert attendance as required by the department.


A minor in music requires at least 23 credits. A student may not complete both a major and a minor in music. In meeting the requirements of this discipline-based minor, a student may not use more than nine credits that are also used to meet the requirements of another major or minor.

  1. MUS 120, 161,162, 202
  2. Two additional 3- or 4-credit courses in music taken at the 200 level or above
  3. Three credits of ensemble coursework chosen from MUS 108-115

Note: Limits of eight credits in ensemble courses (MUS 108-116) and of nine credits for non-majors and 12 credits for majors from applied music courses (MUS 141-143, 241-243, 341-343, 441-443) allowable toward a degree. Credits taken in excess of these limits will be treated as repeats of the earliest unrepeated credit of each kind. A fee is charged for applied music; music majors are entitled to take one applied music course per term without charge. One credit is earned for a 45-minute private lesson and a minimum of five hours practice a week during fall and winter terms; a one-hour private lesson and a minimum of seven hours practice a week are required during the spring term.

HONORS: An Honors Program in music is offered for qualified students; see department head for details.