Make the Major Work for You

Below we’ve listed examples of how the new major could work for a particular student’s interests (four electives including up to two cross-listed electives, if desired, and a capstone). Please note that we do not currently offer the elective courses marked as “NEW COURSE,” but are hoping to offer courses such as these in the future.

Composition & Theory Track

The Electro-Acoustic Composer
  • MUS 106b Advanced Undergraduate Composition
  • MUS 103b Western Classical and Popular Music II, Part 2
  • MUS 104b Western Classical and Popular Music II (lab)
  • MUS 107a Introduction to Electro-Acoustic Music
  • Capstone: MUS 292a,b Seminar in Composition
The Songwriter
  • MUS 106a Undergraduate Composition
  • MUS 103a Western Classical and Popular Music II, Part 1
  • MUS 104a,b Western Classical and Popular Music II (labs)
  • Proseminar in Popular Music (NEW COURSE)
  • Capstone: MUS 103b Western Classical & Popular Music II, Part 2

History & Culture Track

The Hip-Hop Scholar
  • AMST/MUS 38a American Music
  • AMST/MUS 35a History of Rock
  • MUS 136b Divas
  • AAAS 155b Hip Hop History and Culture
  • Capstone: Proseminar in Popular Music (NEW COURSE)
The Global Musics Generalist
  • MUS 6b Survey of West African Music
  • Musical Exchange along the Silk Road (NEW COURSE)
  • MUS 48b "Love is the Message": Dance Musics and their Cultures from Disco to Dubstep
  • ANTH 184b Cross-Cultural Art and Aesthetics
  • Capstone: Introduction to Ethnomusicology (NEW COURSE)
The Film Music Buff
  • AMST/MUS 55a Music in Film
  • MUS 131c Music in Western Culture: 19th c. to Today
  • Video Game Music (NEW COURSE)
  • FILM 100a Introduction to the Moving Image
  • Capstone: MUS 190a Proseminar in Music since 1900 (Film music) 

Performance Track

The Jazz Bassist
  • MUS 32b Elements of Jazz
  • Music Arranging (NEW COURSE)
  • Advanced Jazz Theory (NEW COURSE)
  • AMST/MUS 38a American Music
  • Capstone: MUS 118 a/b Senior Performance (performing w/ Jazz Band, arranging, etc.)
The Oboist
  • AMST/MUS 55a Music in Film
  • MUS 56b Romanticism: Breakdowns and Breakups
  • MUS 131b 18th/19th c. European Music
  • MUS 117a/b Junior Recital
  • Capstone: MUS 118 a/b Senior Performance (Oboe recital)
The Music Director
  • MUS 150b Choral Methods
  • Music Arranging (NEW COURSE)
  • MUS 131b 18th/19th c. European Music
  • MUS 113a Introduction to Conducting
  • Capstone: MUS 118 a/b Senior Performance (Conducting)