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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the role of music in today's diverse world
  2. Understand the applications of technology to musical activities
  3. Form personal goals in the field of music and complete a capstone project related to those goals
  4. Demonstrate understanding of music theory within a cultural context
  5. Demonstrate understanding of music history within a cultural context
  6. Demonstrate competence in musical performance within a cultural context
  7. Demonstrate competence in musicianship skills
  8. Communicate effectively

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper-division
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No Major or Support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

MU 103Music Theory I: Diatonic Materials4
MU 104Musicianship I2
MU 105Music Theory II: Chromatic Materials4
MU 106Musicianship II2
MU 108Musicianship III2
MU 121Introduction to Non-Western Musics4
MU 303Music Theory III: Advanced Chromaticism4
MU 305Music Theory IV: Contemporary Practices4
MU 311Introduction to Recording, Synthesis, and Production4
MU 320Music Research and Writing4
MU 325America's Music4
or MU 326 Cultural Concepts and Structures in Music
or MU 336 Jazz History and Theory
or MU 470 Music History: Selected Advanced Topics
MU 331Music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance4
MU 332Music of the Baroque and Early Classic Eras4
MU 431Music of the Classic and Romantic Eras4
MU 432Music of the Modern Era4
MU 461Senior Project3
Approved Music Lecture Courses (300-400 level)
Select from the following: 112
Advanced Recording, Synthesis, and Production
Music and Society
America's Music
Cultural Concepts and Structures in Music
Women in Music
Jazz History and Theory
Conducting: Fundamentals
Conducting: Choral
Conducting: Instrumental
Music for Classroom Teachers
Sonic Interactions with Technology
Sculpting Experience with Sound
Choral Literature and Rehearsal Techniques
Instrumental Literature and Rehearsal Techniques
Music History: Selected Advanced Topics
Major Ensemble 100-level
Select from the following:6
Piano Accompanying
University Jazz Band
Instrumental Ensembles
Wind Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Symphony Orchestra
Chamber Winds
Vocal Ensemble
University Singers
Chamber Choir
Arab Music Ensemble
Major Ensemble at 300-level
Select from the following:3
Piano Accompanying
University Jazz Band
Instrumental Ensemble
Wind Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Symphony Orchestra
Chamber Winds
Vocal Ensemble
University Singers
Chamber Choir
Arab Music Ensemble
Applied Study
Select from the following:9
Applied Music
Applied Music
Applied Music
Applied Music
(See GE program requirements below. )72
Free Electives 221
Total units180

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science4
B2Life Science4
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning4
Upper-Division B4
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives8
Total units72