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Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

World Music, B.M.

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Admission as a World Music Major

Music students who have developed a strong interest in world music and have demonstrated a high standard of academic achievement may apply for acceptance as a major in world music once they have met the requirements listed below. Application for admission to the works music major is usually made prior to the end of the sophomore year. Students who have achieved a passing score in their main performance medium may enter the College of Musical Arts as pre-World Music majors but are still required to apply for formal acceptance to the major once they have met the requirements to do so. It is also possible to add world music to an existing major for a double major. 

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 ethnomusicology faculty prior to submitting the statement. The ethnomusicology faculty will review the applications and the candidates’ qualifications. For acceptance as a major, 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 world music 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 world music majors is strongly encouraged.

Degree Requirements

The bachelor of music degree with a major in world music requires 122-128 hours. All world music degree candidates are subject to 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under Academic Policies , as well as general requirements listed under Bachelor of Music degree, none of which are superseded by individual degree requirements.

Completion Requirement

Candidates for the bachelor’s degree with a major in world music are required to submit scholarly papers that demonstrate an understanding of historical and cultural issues and basic research techniques. This is accomplished through MUCT 4200 - Introduction to Ethnomusicology .

BG Perspective (BGP) Requirements

Must complete at least 1 course in each of the following:

   English Composition and Oral Communication
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   Quantitative Literacy
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Must Complete at least 2 courses in each of the following:

   Humanities and the Arts
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   _____________________________    ________    

   Natural Sciences - at least one Lab Science required
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   _____________________________    ________                                                                                      

   Social and Behavioral Sciences
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                        

Complete total required BGP credit hours by selecting courses from any of the above categories:

   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                                    

University Requirements

Designated courses in Humanities and the Arts and the Social and Behavioral Sciences domains may be used to fulfill both the BGP requirement and one of the following university requirements:

Cultural Diversity in the US    ____________
International Perspective       ____________

Composition Requirement:
WRIT 1120                              

Total BGP Credits: Must be at least 36                      

Foreign Language

(12 Hours)

  • Two courses in the same language Credit Hours: 6
  • Two courses in a second language Credit Hours: 6


(Students must successfully complete 6 semesters of MUS 99 )


*WRIT 1110 , WRIT 1120 , SOC 2310 , and MUCT 2610  may count for BGP credit

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