Musicology Major

This major offers a broad cultural education that unites academic and musical training. It also provides preparation for the graduate study required for research and teaching in musicology or ethnomusicology.

Students must complete a fourth-level college foreign language course or its equivalent for graduation. French, German, or Italian are strongly encouraged.

The fourth-year student, working with an adviser, must complete a satisfactory thesis (MUS 299) as part of the requirements for the Music History Major Bachelor of Music Degree.

Music Theory Core
MUS 101Music Theory and Practice I2
MUS 102Music Theory and Practice II2
MUS 201
MUS 202
Music Theory and Practice III
and Music Theory and Practice IV
MUS 107Musicianship I2
MUS 108Musicianship II2
MUS 207
MUS 208
Musicianship III
and Musicianship IV
Advanced Music Theory6
Music History and Literature Core
MUS 110Introd Art Mus: Intl Perspect2
MUS 313
MUS 314
The History of Music I
and The History of Music II 1
Advanced Music History6
Required Music Courses
Ensembles 28
MUS 242Elements of Conducting2
Applied music 316
MUS 172
MUS 173
Grp Instr Pno for Mus Major I
and Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj II
Foreign language 48
Supporting Coursework:12
Additional course in advanced music theory chosen in consultation with an advisor3
Advanced music history (chosen in consultation with an advisor)6
Four courses in relevant disciplines outside of music chosen in consultation with a Musicology advisor 5
MUS 419Sr Seminar in Musicology3
MUS 299Thesis/Adv UG Honors in Music1
Electives as needed to total 130 hours

Completion of both MUS 313 and MUS 314 meets the general education Humanities and the Arts requirement.


All students are required to enroll in at least one approved performance ensemble each semester in residence, with a maximum of 16 semester hours of such ensemble applicable to the Bachelor of Music degree. 


Students enroll in applied music in the same instrument or in voice each semester. It is strongly recommended that students in this major acquire a thorough practical knowledge of the piano beyond basic keyboard competency as part of the applied music study.


Students must complete the equivalent of a fourth-level college foreign language course or demonstrate fourth-level proficiency for graduation.  French, German, or Italian are strongly encouraged.


May not be used to satisfy general education requirements.