Admission as a Music History and Literature Major
Music students who have developed a strong interest in music history and literature and have demonstrated a high standard of academic achievement may apply to the chair of the musicology/composition/theory department for acceptance as a major in music history and literature. It is also possible to add music history and literature to an existing major for a double major. Application for admission to the music history and literature program is made prior to the end of the sophomore year. Applicants should submit a 2-page statement of purpose to the department chair, indicating why they are interested in the degree, and how they plan to use it. Applicants are also encouraged to meet with all musicology faculty prior to submitting the statement. The musicology faculty will review the applications and the candidates’ qualifications. For full acceptance into the program, a student must have achieved a 3.0 average in each of the following groups of courses: music theory and history (MUCT 1510 , MUCT 1520 , MUCT 2510 , MUCT 2610 ), world music or jazz (MUCT 2360 , MUCT 2370 , or MUSP 2190 ), and aural skills (MUCT 1410 , MUCT 1420 , MUCT 2410 ). Students with an average of 2.5 to 2.9 may be accepted as majors on probationary status. Students accepted on this status must achieve a 3.0 average in major area courses within two semesters, summer excluded. Failure to do so will result in discontinuation as a music history and literature major.
MUCT Small Ensembles
The department offers small ensembles as a training ground for performance practice and a showcase for music of different genres. Participation in a variety of MUCT small ensembles by music history and literature majors is strongly encouraged.
The bachelor of music degree with a major in music history and literature requires 122-135 total credits. All history and literature degree candidates are subject to the general requirements listed under Academic Policies , as well as general requirements listed under Bachelor of Music degree, none of which are superseded by individual degree requirements.
Candidates for the bachelor’s degree in music history and literature are required to submit scholarly papers that demonstrate an understanding of historical issues and basic research techniques. This is accomplished through MUCT 4060 - Problems in Music History .