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2023-2024 General Catalog [Current] 
2023-2024 General Catalog [Current]

Music (B.A.)

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Program Summary

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree offers students a liberal arts education which allows for more electives in music and other arts studies.  This degree is ideal for those that may not wish to pursue a professional degree in performing or music education, but rather a well-rounded music foundation upon which they can seek careers in many other fields of music and other disciplines.

Program Information

  • Ensembles: All majors must be a member of one of the following ensembles in their applied emphasis each semester: MUSC 3320 - Wind Symphony , MUSC 3350 - Opus Chamber Choir , MUSC 3360 - Concert Choir  (4 semesters maximum), or MUSC 3380 - Symphony Orchestra . The total minimum number of major ensemble credits required for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music is six (6).
  • Music Theory: Students must be enrolled concurrently in Music Theory and Aural Skills classes.
  • Piano Proficiency: Students must pass a piano proficiency exam before enrolling in MUSC 2110 - Music Theory III  and MUSC 2130 - Aural Skills III . MUSC 1150  and MUSC 1160  may be taken to assist in preparation for the exam.
  • In order to move to upper-level applied study (MUSC 3410 - Individual Applied Music Instruction ), students must pass the Music Gateway.
  • Senior Recital: The B.A. degree requires a half-recital to be given during the junior or senior year. Students must enroll in applied music each semester until the recital requirement is met.
  • To fulfill all graduation requirements, all zero (0) credit courses must appear on the transcript.
  • Each major or minor in music is required to abide by the policies and procedures set up in the Departmental Student Handbook (see
  • All courses must be passed with a “C” (2.0) or better to be counted in the major, except for Applied Music courses which require a “B” (3.0) or higher.
  • An audition is required to be admitted into the music major.
  • The Department of Music follows National Association of Schools of Music standards.

General Education Requirement (30-35 Credits)

See General Education  for course options.

  • Core Course Requirements (12-15 Credits)
  • Knowledge Area Requirements (16-20 Credits)

Please note: All students must complete a minimum of 30 credits between the Core and Knowledge Area requirements.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree Requirement (16 Credits**)

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Foreign Language requirement 16 Credits

** Note: One semester of a foreign language may also fulfill the General Education  Humanities requirement. The 16 credits may be fulfilled by taking four semesters of a foreign language or by testing out of a language and purchasing the credits. These credits are typically counted in the degree total at the bottom of the page. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details. 

Music Curriculum (51 Credits)

Foundation Courses (4 Credits)

All students must satisfy these requirements before achieving advanced standing:

Music Core Requirements (41 Credits)

Major Ensemble Requirement (6 Credits)

Complete 6 credits from the following:

Free Electives (18-26 Credits)

Total elective credit is determined by General Education courses taken, degree type selected, additional credits earned, and any additional math or other prerequisite courses needed. For a bachelor’s degree, students must earn a minimum of 40 upper-division credits (courses numbered 3000-4999). Students may need to select additional upper-division courses not included in their major requirements in order to reach this minimum. Please consult your Student Success Advisor for details.

Total Credits, B.A. Degree: 120

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