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  • This page outlines requirements for the degree in Contemporary Music (BA Contemporary Music). Students can also study this subject as a minor or as part of a self-designed major (BA or BS Liberal Arts). Students majoring in The Arts who are interested in studying contemporary music should choose the Arts in Context concentration (BA The Arts). For example, a student can focus on music criticism by taking courses in Contemporary Music and Writing or Journalism; other majors, such as Psychology, Culture and Media, or Anthropology, can also provide wider contexts for music studies. Arts in Context students should follow the Music minor requirements below or an alternative plan of study approved by the Music director.

    Requirements for BA in Contemporary Music - Updated for 2020-2021

    The curriculum of the Contemporary Music concentration is structured around three focus areas: popular and global music; music technology and new media; and music history, theory, and criticism. Only specific courses satisfy the major requirements, including electives. Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the Departmental Faculty Advisor and your Student Success advisor. Learn more and track your progress in the Detailed Degree Requirements and Arts Requirements Worksheets below.

    Introductory courses:

    • LMUS 2010 Fundamentals of Western Music (3-4 credits)
    • LMUS 2200 Global Perspectives on Music (3-4 credits)

    Other required courses:

    • 5 LMUS courses (15-20 credits)
    • LMUS 2053 Sound and Technology: An Introduction (3-4 credits)
    • 3 Interarts (LINA) courses (9-12 credits)

    Senior Capstone:

    • Choose one (3-4 credits):
      • Interarts (LINA) senior seminar
      • An approved individual/independent project

    Total credits: 36-38

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