Lang’s General Degree Requirements
In addition to the requirements outlined here, Lang has specific requirements, including a minimum number of credits in liberal arts courses as well as college residency requirements. All students should read Lang’s General Degree Requirements and consult with both their Student Success advisor and their Departmental Faculty Advisor each semester to ensure that they are on track to graduate.
To be sure their Degree Works account reflects the information in this worksheet, students should forward any approved exemptions from the following requirements to their Student Success advisor.
Requirements for the BA in Contemporary Music
As of fall 2020, students declaring the major in Contemporary Music must take 12 courses, outlined as follows. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses to meet the requirements for the major in Contemporary Music. Declare your major by following the process outlined in Declaring Your Major. Students who have declared the major in Contemporary Music before fall 2020 but wish to follow the fall 2020 curriculum can consult their Student Success advisor about submitting a Change of Catalog Year request. 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. Track your progress using the program worksheet (below). See the university course catalog for fall 2023 Contemporary Music courses that fulfill these requirements.
The curriculum of Eugene Lang College's Contemporary Music program provides undergraduate students with a range of intellectual perspectives and practical skills that enable them to address the new and evolving challenges of careers in music today. Approaches from musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory serve as a foundation for this program, but interdisciplinary approaches are equally important as students learn to apply their knowledge and skills within and across artistic disciplines (such as theater and dance) and other liberal arts disciplines (such as history, literature, and philosophy). Hands-on practice and the creative process are also emphasized, so that students learn to engage with musical thinking as well as music making in inventive ways.
Most courses in the Contemporary Music curriculum are suitable for students at all levels of musical training and experience; many courses do not require the ability to read music notation. Lang students can also enroll in other music courses, performance ensembles, and private lessons through Mannes School of Music, the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and Parsons School of Design. For students interested in study abroad, Lang occasionally offers a summer course, Music in Berlin, in collaboration with the FUBIS program at the Free University in Berlin.
Introductory courses (9-12 credits):
- LMUS 2010 Contemporary Music: Theories (3-4 credits)
- LMUS 2053 Contemporary Music: Technologies (3-4 credits)
- LMUS 2200 Contemporary Music: Methods (3-4 credits)
Other required courses (24-32 credits):
- 5 LMUS courses (15-20 credits)
- 3 Interarts (LINA) courses (9-12 credits)
Senior Capstone (3-4 credits):
- Choose one (3-4 credits):
- LINA 4900: The Arts Senior Seminar
- LINA 4990 Approved Individual or Independent Senior Project
Total credits: 36-48