Bachelor of Arts - Musicology Option

The Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Musicology is designed for students who are broadly interested in the historical and cultural background of music. 

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In consultation with a Bachelor of Arts adviser in the School of Music, students may structure an option that includes music courses as well as non-music courses that focus on subject matter of special interest to the student. Students pursuing this degree are NOT required to audition and take lessons on a primary instrument. However, students do have the option to audition to take lessons if they want to as part of any BA degree. 

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Bachelor of Arts in Music: Music Core Requirements 

Music Theory Core Hours 
MUS 101, 102, 201 and 202 - Music Theory and Practice I, II, III, and IV 8
MUS 107, 108, 207 and 208 - Aural Skills I, II, III, and IV 7
Advanced music theory (chosen in consultation with an advisor) 3
Music History and Literature Core Hours
MUS 110 - Introd Art Mus: Intl Perspect 2
MUS 313 and 314 - The History of Music I and II 6
Advanced music history (chosen in consultation with an advisor) 3
Performance Studies Hours
MUS 172 and 173 - Group Instruction Piano for Music Majors I and II
    or MUS 454 - Advanced Keyboard Skills I (keyboard majors) 


 Option Core Requirements

Option Core   Hours 
Upper level music courses (300-400 level) 8-9
Professional courses (outside the School of Music) 11-12
Senior Project (optional, depending on Option) 2

How to Apply:

1. Complete the University Application.
2. Complete the Supplemental Music Application (will become available 24-48 hours after submitting the University Application) DUE BY DECEMBER 5.
3. 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). All writing samples should be submitted in .pdf format by email to by February 1st.
4. 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. All writing samples should be submitted in .pdf format by email to by February 1st.
5. Complete the Music Theory Diagnostic Test: Applicants who attend an on-campus audition/interview will complete the exam on site; all others must arrange for a proctor to administer the exam. Applicants wishing to engage a proctor must complete and return the Proctor Approval Form.
Interview: Only required for internal undergraduate transfer applicants