Bachelor of Arts in Music

Core Curriculum

All students must complete the University’s Core Curriculum. In the process of fulfilling the core curriculum and other degree requirements, all students are expected to complete the Skills and Experience flags:

  1. Writing: two flagged courses beyond Rhetoric and Writing 306 or its equivalent
  2. Quantitative Reasoning: one flagged course
  3. Global Cultures: one flagged course
  4. Cultural Diversity in the United States: one flagged course
  5. Ethics and Leadership: one flagged course
  6. Independent Inquiry: one flagged course

Courses that may be used to fulfill core curriculum and flag requirements are identified in the Course Schedule. They may be used simultaneously to fulfill other requirements, unless otherwise specified. Please note, students may not earn the cultural diversity and global cultures flags from the same course. Students are encouraged to discuss options with a departmental academic adviser.

Prescribed Work

  1. Foreign language: Six semester hours beyond course 507, 508K, or the equivalent in one foreign language.
  2. General culture: Three semester hours chosen from the following areas: architecture, classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), comparative literature, humanities, philosophy, and interdisciplinary fields outside the Butler School of Music such as American studies, African and African diaspora studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, Mexican American studies, and women’s and gender studies. The student is encouraged to choose coursework of a multicultural nature. Courses outside the Butler School of Music that are cross-listed with music courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement. A course used to fulfill this requirement may not also be counted toward any core curriculum requirement.

Major Requirements

  1. Performance: At least 12 semester hours, consisting of four semesters of principal instrument course 210 and approval of the faculty; four semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in Butler School of Music Special Requirements; and Music 201N (completed to the satisfaction of faculty) for students whose principal instrument is not piano
  2. Music: Music 605, 411, 612, 312C, 213M, 213N, and 230L
  3. Emphasis in Music, Music Business, or Recording Technology:
    1. For Emphasis in Music: 15 semester hours in a concentration of music courses approved by the coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts in Music program, at least 11 hours of which must be upper-division, and including at least three hours chosen from Music 321J, 325L, 325M, 331J, 334337, 342, 343J, or 379K
    2. For Emphasis in Music Business: Three semester hours in addition to the requirements of the core curriculum chosen from Communication Studies 306M, 310K, 331K, 355K, 359, 365K, or any course with a writing flag; 15 additional semester hours in a concentration consisting of Music Business 339M, 339N, 347M, 347N, and 377P
    3. For Emphasis in Recording Technology: Mathematics 408D; either Physics 303K and 303L, or 317K and 317L (physics courses that also fulfill part I of the natural science requirement of the core curriculum); 15 additional semester hours in a concentration consisting of Music Recording Technology 316M, 316N, 335M, 335N or 336C or 345, and 377P

When taken in residence, Music 312C (in requirement 2) may also be counted toward the three-semester-hour writing flag portion of the core curriculum English composition requirement. Music 334 which may be used to complete requirement 3a is also approved to fulfill the visual and performing arts requirement of the core curriculum and may be used to fulfill both.

Secondary Field of Study

The secondary field of study must be approved by the coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts in Music program and must include at least six hours of upper-division coursework.

  1. For Emphasis in Music: 12 semester hours of coursework outside the Butler School of Music
  2. For Emphasis in Music Business and Emphasis in Recording Technology: 12 semester hours of coursework outside the Butler School of Music chosen from one of the following three areas:
    1. Courses towards the Business Minor as specified by the McCombs School of Business
    2. Courses within the Bridging Disciplines Programs
    3. Other topics determined in consultation with the coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts in Music program

Electives

  1. For Emphasis in Music: Six to eight semester hours of electives. At least six hours must be from outside the Butler School of Music, and three of these six hours must be upper-division. Courses that are crosslisted with music courses may not be counted toward this requirement. Additional elective coursework may be needed to provide the total number of semester hours required for the degree.
  2. For Emphasis in Music Business: Three to five semester hours of electives. Additional elective coursework may be needed to provide the total number of semester hours required for the degree.
  3. For Emphasis in Recording Technology: Two to four semester hours of electives. Additional elective coursework may be needed to provide the total number of semester hours required for the degree.

Total Minimum Requirements

For the Bachelor of Arts in Music: 120 semester hours as outlined above.

Advancement to Upper-Division Standing

To advance to upper-division standing in the program, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Upper-division standing at the University
  2. A grade point average of at least 2.50 for all coursework taken in residence at the University
  3. Completion of the following courses or their equivalents with a grade point average of at least 2.50: Music 201N (required only for students whose principal instrument is not piano), 605A, 605B, 411A, 411B, 612A, 612B, 312C, 213M, and 213N
  4. Approval of the coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts in Music program

When taken in residence, Music 312C (in requirement 3) may also be counted toward the three semester-hour-writing flag portion of the core curriculum English composition requirement.