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. Emphases 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.M.)

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.M. degree can be found on the Catalog website here.


Students working towards the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music degree have the option to pursue one or more areas of emphasis in their musical studies. These emphases 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.M. students), but students are free to take additional credits within a particular emphasis.

B.A. emphases classes can be found here under the “Requirements” tab. B.M. emphases classes can be found here under the “Requirements” tab.

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

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.