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Bachelor of Music (History and Literature)

The Bachelor of Music degree in Music History-Literature provides comprehensive music training aimed toward further study in musicology or related fields and encourages the formation of a diverse approach to music scholarship. The Music History-Literature degree prepares students for entrance into graduate programs and careers in musicology and college teaching, in addition to music criticism, broadcasting, publishing, and library/archival science.


General Education

32 hours normally

(For specific course options to meet the general education requirements below, see the Christ at the Core General Education requirements.)

Core Competencies:



Oral Communication

 2 hours



 4 hours

Shared Core:



Old Testament

 4 hours


New Testament

 4 hours


Christian Thought

 4 hours


First Year Seminar

 4 hours


Advanced Integrative Seminar

See below Thematic Core


Capstone Experience

See below Senior Capstone

Thematic Core:



Select three themes from Categories I and II below. One of the courses must be an Advanced Integrative Seminar (AIS), and it is advised to select double-tagged courses.

No more than 1 Theme may be met with transfer credit. Transfer courses will receive one tag only.


Categories I and II:

 8 hours minimum


*       Category I (choose one theme from this category):

*       Diversity in the United States

*       Global Perspectives


*       Category II (choose two themes from this category):

*       Applied Abstract and Quantitative Reasoning

*       Historical Perspectives

*       Literary Explorations

*       Philosophical Investigations

*       Scientific Practice

*       Scientific Issues and Perspectives

*       Social Inquiry


Visual and Performing Arts - Art/Theater

  (VPAV or VPAT)

 2 hours

Other Non-music requirements

12 hours


Foreign Language (German or French; if proficient in one, elect the other)

 8 hours


Philosophy of the Arts PHIL 216

 2 hours


Physics of Music PHYS 205

 2 hours

Context Studies (MUCS)

28 hours


Music Before 1600

 2 hours (MUCS 261)


Baroque and Classical Music

 4 hours (MUCS 262)


Nineteenth-Century Music

 2 hours (MUCS 263)


World Music

 2 hours (MUCS 264)


Twentieth-Century Music

 4 hours (MUCS 361)


Style Analysis

 2 hours (MUCS 433)


Senior Capstone

 2 hours (MUCS 494)


Intro to Music Research and Bibliography

 2 hours (MUCS 363)


MUCS Electives

 6 hours


Senior Document

 2 hours (MUCS 495)




Music Theory & Composition (MUTC)

20 hours


Music Theory 1-4

 11 hours (MUTC 151, 171, 241, 261)


Aural Skills 1-5

 5 hours (MUTC 152, 172, 252, 272, 352)



 2 hours (MUTC 353 or 354)



 2 hours (MUTC 355)




Methods Studies (MUMS)

 5 hours


Introduction to Music Studies

 2 hours (MUMS 115)


Basic Conducting & Lab

 3 hours (MUMS 248/346)




Individual Performance Studies (MUIP)

14 hours


Primary Instrument

 10 hours (MUIP 201-422)


Secondary Instrument

 4 hours (MUIP 101-122)




Ensemble Performance (MUEP)

 4 hours (MUEP 213-218)


Large Ensemble (eight semesters)





Music Electives (Choose any music course(s) other than MUCS 101-103 or MUTC 101)

 4 hours




Recital and Concert Attendance (MUEP)

 0 hours (MUEP 219)


Eight Semesters





Free Electives (may include music courses)

 6 hours




 0 hours (MUMS 494)



Piano Proficiency (Consult Conservatory Handbook)




Total hours required for degree

124 hours minimum.

(In order to meet all requirements, hours needed may exceed 124).


Revision Date: August 1, 2016



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