The Department of Music offers two undergraduate degree programs (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music) as well as a minor in music. Each of these programs offers significant flexibility, and can be customized to emphasize specialty areas in music or blend with studies in other disciplines. A brief outline of these programs is below, and you can find complete information in the Catalog.

Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a versatile degree that offers maximum flexibility for combining. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree often have additional majors in biology, chemistry, history, economics, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, global studies, psychology, and many more. With fewer course requirements than the Bachelor of Music degree, this degree is perfect for students wishing to study music at the collegiate level while also pursuing another area of study. Optional pathways are available in any of the areas mentioned below.

Updated requirements for the B.A. degree can be found on the Catalog website here.

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)

Our most intensive degree, the Bachelor of Music is the traditional course of study for students wishing to pursue music at the graduate and professional level. With the option to focus studies in areas such as composition, musicology, performance, and jazz studies, just to name a few, this degree option is ideal as a foundation for future music studies.

Updated requirements for the B.Mus. degree can be found on the Catalog website here.

Optional Pathways

Students working towards the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music degree have the option to pursue one or more optional pathways in their musical studies. These optional pathways identify recommended course selections for students who have interests in one or more areas. We suggest 9 credit hours (for B.A. students) or 12 credit hours (for B.Mus. students), but students are free to take additional credits within a particular optional pathway.

B.A. optional pathway classes can be found here under the “Requirements” tab. B.Mus. optional pathway classes can be found here under the “Requirements” tab.

  • composition
  • ethnomusicology
  • instrumental performance
  • jazz studies
  • music education (B.Mus. only)
  • music history
  • music theory
  • musicology
  • piano performance
  • popular music
  • voice performance

Please note that these optional pathways are for internal use only and will not appear on the student’s diploma.

Minor in Music

The music minor is an easily attainable supplement to an undergraduate career. With a variety of courses available to satisfy the music minor requirements, students are allowed to mold this degree option however best fits them.

Updated requirements for the Music Minor can be found on the Catalog website here.

Double-Majoring at UNC

Many students choose to have more than one area of study at Carolina. Our students often have diverse interests and strive to create their own paths toward success after graduation. Per University Advising, you may choose up to three areas of study. This could be two majors and a minor, or one major and two minors. Always see an advisor to determine which combination of majors and minors works best for you.

A common question that comes up around graduation by students who chose to have more than one area of study, is what will appear on their diploma. To learn more about this, please follow the link below to learn more about degree hierarchy at UNC.

Degree Hierarchy at UNC