Research Track

Requirements for the BA in Music: Research Track

Students may complete a Music Major Track Selection Form online and submit.

Theory/Analysis (15 hrs)

  • MUS 121
  • MUS 122
  • MUS 221*

*Ethnomusicology: a student pursuing the Research Track and writing a research thesis may substitute one elective appropriate to his or her research focus for MUS 221, if approved by the student¿s advisor.

History/Culture/Theory (20 hrs)

  • MUS 200 Music, Culture, and Society
  • History & Culture Category A:  Choose two courses
  • History & Culture Category B:  Choose one course
  • History/Culture/Theory Category C:  Choose two courses

Performance (4 hrs)

Choose any combination of MUS 300 Ensembles and/or MUS 320 Applied

Electives (6 hrs)

Choose two courses from the following list:

  • Courses from History & Culture Categories A, B, or C
  • MUS 222
  • 3 credit hours of MUS 497 Supervised Reading
  • A cognate course arranged with the student's advisor


Optional: If approved, a student may write a capstone thesis during the senior year. Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher may submit a proposal to complete an honors thesis in the research track. See honors guidelines for detailed information. Click here for more information.