Majoring in Music: Previous Requirements

A new Music Major curriculum was announced in April 2020. This page archives the former requirements.

Required Courses

Music Majors must take the following courses:

1. MUS 105 and MUS 106 (the two prerequisite music theory courses)

2. MUS 205 and MUS 206 (a second complete year of music theory)

Students who place out of Music 105 and 106 begin their theory sequence with MUS 205 and 206 and take two additional theory electives.

3. Four 200-level courses in music history. 

4. Three electives at the 300- or 400-level. 

Music Majors who are also in the Program in Music Performance may use one performance course (e.g. MUS 213, MUS 214, MUS 219, MUS 298/299) as an elective.  

In rare cases and with permission from the instructor, students may count a 500-level graduate seminar towards this requirement. 

Cross-listed courses in which Music is not the sponsoring Department can be used as an elective only with the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

In addition, in the junior year, Music Majors take a Junior Seminar with a final project, as designed by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, which counts as the Fall Junior Paper*.  Independent work also includes a Spring Junior Paper and a Senior Thesis. The senior comprehensive exam, taken soon after Dean's Date, is the final requirement for the Major.

*Juniors who are participating in the Royal College of Music Program or spending the fall semester abroad submit a JP, either a paper or composition, at the end of the fall semester