Overarching Goal:

The ability to think in music and to think about music.


  • To gain familiarity with a range of different musical practices and traditions, including selected Western classical, American popular, and non-Western practices.
  • To learn to create (perform and compose), and analyze music.
  • To learn to think about cultural, historical, and cognitive dimensions of music.
  • To develop the ability for sustained thinking in or about music.

Degree Requirements

Music majors are required to earn a minimum of eleven course credits.

All of the following:

  • MUS 210. Classical Music in Western Culture.
  • AM/MU 212. How Music Performs Culture: Introduction to Ethnomusicology.
  • MUS 231. Music Theory I. Foundational Concepts of Music Theory.
  • MUS 232. Music Theory II. Diatonic Harmony, Form, and Analysis.
  • MUS 331. Music Theory III. Chromatic Harmony, Form, and Analysis.
  • MUS 457 or 458. Senior Thesis.

One of the following cultural musicology courses:

  • MUS 247. History of Jazz.
  • MUS 248. Music in Contemporary Popular Culture.
  • AF/MU 249. African American Popular Music.
  • MUS 266. Miles Davis.

The remaining courses are chosen in consultation with the thesis advisor. No more than a total of two credits of applied music (MUS 270) and/or ensemble performance (MUS 290) may be counted toward the major.