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Choral SingersMusic students focus on the history and theory of music, exploring historical genres and periods represented in different cultures and styles. Music students develop skills in theoretical analysis, listening perception and analysis, and music composition. Senior Music students complete a thesis project in history or theory and composition, working in consultation with a faculty mentor.

Major Requirements: 10 courses/40 credit hours.

Music Emphasis Requirements

  • Three Music Theory courses:
    • MU110 Music Theory I
      Note: Students may take a proficiency test to place directly into Music Theory II.
    • MU210 Music Theory II
    • MU210 Music Theory III
  • Two Music History courses:
    • MU201 Music History I
    • MU202 Music History II
  • Four semesters of Music Performance (8 credit hours, equivalent to two 4-credit-hour courses)
    This requirement may be satisfied in a variety of ways—for example, four semesters of individual instrumental or voice lessons; three semesters of lessons and one semester of ensemble; or two semesters of instrumental or voice lessons and two semesters of ensemble. 
    NB—students are not required to take lessons on the same instrument every semester or to participate in the same ensemble.
  • One Music Elective at or above the 200-level (may also be satisfied by two 2-credit hour performance courses). 
    NB-students who place out of Music Theory I should take an additional Music Elective.
  • One Fine Arts elective selected from Art History (FAH), Studio Art (FAS), or Theatre (FAH/EN, FAS/EN) course offerings.
  • FAH490 Senior Seminar

Recommended Course Sequence for Classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017


Please refer to the College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Recommended Course Sequence for Class of 2018 and Beyond


Students will select courses in conjunction with an advisor, selecting core courses, major courses and electives to fit the individual student's interests and field of emphasis. If necessary, substitutions may be made for required emphasis courses with permission of the advisor and/or department chairperson.

Freshman Year
Fall Spring
HU103 Conversatio I HU104 Conversatio II
Major Course Major Course
Language Language
EN105 Freshman English Elective - FAH, FAS, or MU course

Subsequent years will be planned in consultation with an advisor in relation to individual student's needs and interests, including internships and study abroad programs.

A student who wishes to major in Fine Arts after the first semester of the junior year must have permission of the Fine Arts Department Chair, who will also consult with appropriate faculty in the student's selected major area of emphasis.  Transferring late to the major may result in enrollment in additional courses in summer school and/or a later graduation date.