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General Requirements & Courses


General Requirements

  • Students will complete 45 credit hours to fulfill requirements in each track.
  • No course for the major may be taken S/U.
  • A total of 16 hours of MUS 300, 320, and 310 may be applied toward the 124 academic hours requirements for graduation, although all applied music and ensembles must be taken for credit. Students may not apply MUS 300, 310, or 320 as electives in any of the tracks.
  • Performance track students enrolled in MUS 320 must also be co-enrolled in a MUS 300 primary ensemble. The following ensembles will count toward this requirement:
    • Collaborative Piano
    • Concert Choir
    • Guitar Ensemble
    • Emory Jazz Ensembles
    • Emory Symphony Orchestra
    • University Chorus
    • Emory Wind Ensemble.
  • Music majors on all three tracks are required to take the core Theory courses MUS 121, MUS 122, and MUS 221, and the introductory History and Culture course MUS 200. See further details for requirements on the Composition Track, Performance Track, and Research Track respectively. Courses in the regular rotation for options in the History and Culture categories A, B, and C are listed below.

Other information

  • AP Music Theory Exam — A score of 4 will transfer to Emory as MUS 114. A score of 5 on both the written and aural components will transfer to Emory as MUS 121 and the student may move on to MUS 122 in the spring semester. IB theory is not accepted.
  • Any transfer credits from another institution, before or after enrolling at Emory, must be approved in writing by the Director of Undergraduate Studies in order to count toward the music major or minor, even if the College has accepted credit for the courses.
  • No more than three credit hours of Supervised Reading or Study Abroad courses may count toward fulfillment of the music major.
  • An internship may not count toward the music major.

History and Culture Courses (all Tracks)

(Students may not count the same course for two categories)

History and Culture Category A
Courses designed to build broad-based knowledge of Western classical repertoires
MUS 280Early Music Explorations
MUS 281Baroque Music
MUS 282Haydn, Mozart, & Beethoven
MUS 28319th Century Music
MUS 284Music & Contemporary Society
History and Culture Category B
Courses designed to build knowledge of music outside of the Western classical tradition
MUS 204Music Cultures of the World
MUS 211Tango Music & Dance
MUS 215Jazz: Its Evolution & Essence
MUS 302American Music
MUS 303Black Music: Culture, Commerce, & the Racial Imagination
MUS 304Music & Cultural Revolution since the 1960s
MUS 306Music of the Harlem Renaissance
MUS 381Music & Storytelling
History/Culture/Theory Category C
Courses designed to teach essential research and writing skills in historical musicology, ethnomusicology or theory
MUS 306WMusic of the Harlem Renaissance
MUS 356WWomen, Music, & Culture
MUS 360WWriting About Music
MUS 364WRomanticism in Music
MUS 365WWagner & Wagnerism
MUS 381WMusic & Storytelling
MUS 383WMusic & Film
MUS 455WMusic in Emory's Special Collections
MUS 456WAnalysis & Archival Study
MUS 460WStudies in Music History & Culture
MUS 461Discipline of Ethnomusicology
MUS 463WSeminar in Ethnomusicology
MUS 464WStudies in Music Theory

Concert Attendance

Attendance at concerts is an important part of the student's musical education. When possible, students should be present at concerts sponsored by the Department of Music. Several music courses require students to attend concerts at Emory or in the Atlanta area. Visit the Arts at Emory web site for a list of artists performing at Emory during the current academic year.