Music, B.A.

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:  


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.

Major GPA  2.0 required, 'C-' or better in all courses.


MUS 115 – World Music (T2GA)
MUS 117 – Introduction to Music Technology (T1TF)
MUS 210 – Music History I (T2CE)
MUS 211 – Music History II
MUS 225 – Music Theory I
MUS 226 – Music Theory II
MUS 325 – Music Theory III
MUS 326 – Music Theory IV
MUS 220 – Musicianship I
MUS 221 – Musicianship II
MUS 320 – Musicianship III
MUS 321 – Musicianship IV
MUS 420 – Improvisation I
MUS 421 – Improvisation II
MUS 341 – Applied Music
MUS 342 – Applied Music
MUS 441 – Applied Music
MUS 442 – Applied Music

Select 3 credits:
MUS 102 – University Choir
MUS 104 – University Band I
MUS 105 – University Band II
MUS 171 – Chamber Singers
MUS 204 – Small Ensembles  
MUS 205 – Small Ensembles

Select 3 credits:
MUS 102 – University Choir
MUS 104 – University Band I
MUS 105 – University Band II
MUS 106 – Orchestra
MUS 108 – Jubilee Singers
MUS 109 – Stage Band
MUS 171 – Chamber Singers
MUS 200– 209 - Small Ensembles

Specialization (9 Credits)
Select 9 credits from one of the specializations:

Music Performance
MUS 330 – Improvisation in Contemporary Culture
MUS 400 – Solo or Chamber Recital
MUS 426 – Arranging
MUS 465 – Entrepreneurship for Musicians

Music Technology
MUS 428 – Electronic Music
MUS 429 – Producing Music for Visual Media
MUS 430 – Advanced Audio Recording, Editing, and Sound Manipulation

Music Traditions
MUS 300 – Beethoven and Revolution
MUS 301 – American Music
MUS 303 – In Search of Mozart
MUS 311 – Jazz History
MUS 314 – Music of the Jewish People
MUS 315 – Jazz History since 1945


Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete an accelerated pathway. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Accelerated Pathway to Graduate Program
In consultation with their advisor, students may select up to 12 credits of graduate level coursework (500-level or higher) appropriate to their intended graduate program of study. While Southern does not offer graduate studies in music, students interested in studying music at the graduate level (for instance, in music education or music business) may elect to take graduate coursework that could be applied to graduate study.