Bachelor of Arts, Musicology Option

The Musicology option combines a humanistic approach typical of a liberal arts degree, with a focus on communication, critical thinking and listening, and global awareness. Students can pursue music coursework in ethnomusicology and music history, as well as supporting coursework in humanities.

Talent Requirements for Application

When applying to the University of Illinois, prospective first-year and transfer students should select the “Music” degree option, and specify the “Musicology” option on the supplemental music form. The link to your supplemental music form will be emailed to you 24-48 hours after you submit your University application. To be considered for acceptance into the BA in Musicology program, applicants must also:

  1. Submit a Writing Sample: Submit a writing sample, preferably on the topic of music that best represents your writing ability. This writing sample should be no less than 3 pages in length (3-5 pages is typical).
  2. Submit a Personal Statement: Submit a personal statement that tells our faculty about your musical and academic background, how you became interested in musicology and what you hope to learn, and your career goals. The personal statement should be 1-2 pages in length.

An audition on an instrument is not required for the BA degree.

About Bachelor of Arts, Musicology

The Bachelor of Arts in Music, musicology option is designed for students who are broadly interested in the historical and cultural background of music. In addition to courses taught by musicologists who are leaders in their field, students in the Musicology BA option are encouraged to take supporting coursework such as anthropology, history, gender and women’s studies, theatre, literature, media, architecture, ethnic studies, and philosophy.


Musicology faculty

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