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Bachelor of Arts in Music

In addition to the traditional Bachelor of Arts in Music, we also offer a concentration in musical theatre for voice students.  The B.A. is designed for students who wish to receive a broad, liberal arts education.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The B.A. in Music is designed for students who want to major in music while receiving a broad, liberal arts education. B.A. students will select a cognate (12 credits) or minor area (18 credits) outside the School of Music to prepare for a variety of careers that may be interdisciplinary in nature.

Students must satisfy all general education requirements as specified in the chosen degree. These requirements are designed to give students broad experience in liberal arts and sciences and opportunities to develop intellectual skills in analysis and evaluation, as well as competence in written and oral communication. These requirements vary somewhat between the bachelor of arts and the bachelor of music degrees.

If you'd like to get started, please contact the admissions team by completing the online interest form.

Bachelor of Arts in Music - 121 hours total

Carolina Core
a) Aesthetic Interpretation and Understanding (AIU): MUSC 115 [3 credits]; any CC-AIU courses [9 credits]
b) Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (ARP): any CC-ARP course [6 credits]
c) Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communication: Written (CMW): ENGL 101, 102 [passed with "C" or higher, 6 credits]
d) Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (GSS):  any CC-GSS courses[6 credits]
e) Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (GHS): 1 US and 1 non-US CC-GHS course [6 credits]
f) Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (GFL): Language Proficiency through 122 [0-9 credits]
g) Scientific Literacy (SCI): Two 4-credit hour CC-SCI courses [8 credits]
h) Overlay Eligible Courses: Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component (CMS); Information Literacy (INF); Values, Ethics and Social Responsibility (VSR); up to two of these requirements may be met in overlay courses [3-9 credits]

47-56 credits

Major Requirements 
a) Music Theory and Aural Skills: MUSC 117, 118, 215, 217, 218; two theory elective courses [13 credits] 
b) Music History and Literature: MUSC 353, 354; one history elective course [9 credits]
c) Applied Music courses: minimum of six semesters of MUSC 111 [12 credits]
d) Ensembles, at least 4 credits of major ensemble and 1 credit of chamber music [8 credits] 
e) Music Electives [6 credits]
f) Recital Class: MUSC 100  [0 credits; 5 semesters]
g) Music Advocacy: MUSC 100A [0 credits]
h) Recital Class Lab: MUSC 100L [1 credit]

49 credits

Cognate or Minor

12-18 credits

Nonmusic Electives

0-13 credits
Course details and Four-Year Degree Plan

Requirements for previous academic years may be found here


Bachelor of Arts in Music (Musical Theatre Concentration)

The B.A. in Music (Musical Theatre Concentration) is designed for students interested in focused study in Musical Theatre. Students receive applied instruction in the various styles of Musical Theatre and participate in a musical theatre ensemble. In lieu of a cognate or minor, students in this concentration complete 18 credit hours of dance and theatre courses.

If you'd like to get started, please contact the admissions team by completing the online interest form.

Bachelor of Arts in Music (Musical Theatre Concentration) - 121 hours total

Carolina Core
a) Aesthetic Interpretation and Understanding (AIU): MUSC 115 [3 credits]; THEA 170 [3 credits]; any CC-AIU courses [6 credits]
b) Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (ARP): any CC-ARP course [6 credits]
c) Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communication: Written (CMW): ENGL 101, 102 [passed with "C" or higher, 6 credits]
d) Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (GSS):  any CC-GSS courses[6 credits]
e) Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (GHS): 1 US and 1 non-US CC-GHS course [6 credits]
f) Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (GFL): Language Proficiency through 122 [0-9 credits]
g) Scientific Literacy (SCI): Two 4-credit hour CC-SCI courses [8 credits]
h) Overlay Eligible Courses: Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component (CMS); Information Literacy (INF); Values, Ethics and Social Responsibility (VSR); up to two of these requirements may be met in overlay courses [3-9 credits]

47-56 credits

Major Requirements 
a) Music Theory and Aural Skills: MUSC 117, 118, 215, 217, 218; two theory elective courses [13 credits] 
b) Music History: MUSC 353, 354; one history elective course [9 credits] 
c) Applied Music courses: at least six semesters of MUSC 111 [12 credits]
d) Ensembles, at least 4 credits of MUSC 130M or MUSC 450 and 1 credit of chamber ensemble [8 credits] 
e) MUSC 278: Intro to Diction or MUSC 500: Styles of Singing [2 credits]
f) Music Electives [4 credits]
g) Recital Class: MUSC 100 [0 credits; 5 semesters]
g) Music Advocacy: MUSC 100A [0 credits]
h) Recital Class Lab: MUSC 100L [1 credit]

49 credits

Musical Theater Concentration
a) DANC 102B: Ballet Technique I [2 credits] 
b) DANC 112B: Contemporary Dance [2 credits]
c) DANC 178: Jazz Dance Technique I [2 credits]
d) THEA 240: Beginning Voice and Speech [3 credits] 
e) THEA 270: Beginning Acting [3 credits]
f) THEA 280: Elements of Design for Theatre Production [3 credits]
g) THEA 370: Intermediate Acting [3 credits]

18 credits

Nonmusic Electives

0-13 credits

2022-2023 Course Details and Four-Year Degree Plan
Requirements for previous academic years may be found here.

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