Winthrop University: Majors and More - Bachelor of Arts in Music

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Majors and More

Bachelor of Arts in Music

It is the purpose of the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music to provide students with a general music education within a liberal arts setting.  Students will acquire and expand their knowledge of musicianship and performance which serve to develop their creative and musical potentials.

General Education


Semester Hours

ACAD 101 Principles of the Learning Academy


Shared Skills and Proficiencies
Writing and Critical Thinking    
WRIT 101 Composition


HMXP 102      Human Experience 3
CRTW 201 Critical Reading, Thinking & Writing


Oral Communication See approved list 3
Technology See approved list 3
Intensive Writing Met in major with MUST 306 0
Constitution Requirement See approved list; may be met with another requirement 0-3
Physical Activity See approved list; 1
Thinking Critically Across Disciplines    
Global Perspectives Met in major with MUST 307


Historical Perspectives Met in major with MUST 305


Introducing Students to Broad Disciplinary Perspectives


Social Science See approved list; must include 2 designators


Humanities and Arts See approved list; must include 2 designators; may not use MUSA or MUST


Quantitative Skills and Natural Science (3 courses) 9-12
Quantitative Skills See approved list (3-8)
Natural Science See approved list; must include one lab science.  [If 2 courses taken, must
be in 2 different groups:  Life, Physical ,Earth]


Subtotal   38-44
Music Core — Applied  


  MUSA 111, 112, 211, 212, 311, 312 Private Lessons in the Major Instrument


  MUSA 151 or MUSA 152 (guitar, piano, organ, voice majors)
  MUSA 156 or MUSA 157 (wind/percussion majors) or
  MUSA 161 (string majors)
Major Ensemble (guitar majors may substitute up to 3 hours of MUSA 168)


  MUSA 181, 182 Piano Class I-II


Music Core — Theoretical  


  MUST 121 Introduction to Music Technology


  MUST 111, 112, 211, 212 Music Theory I-IV


  MUST 113, 114, 213, 214 Aural Skills I-IV


  MUST 305, 306, 307 History of Music to 1750, Hist of Music from 1750-1900, Music Since 1900


  MUSA/MUST Electives Any courses numbered above 299 except MUST 315


  MUST 5___ 500-level MUST elective


  MUSR 498 Recital attendance requirement 0
Minor   15-24
Choose from courses with any course designator other than MUSA or MUST




*C or better must be earned in each course and cannot be taken on the S/U basis.

A minimum of 21 hours of MUSA/MUST courses must be taken in residence at Winthrop University.

Not more than 36 hours in any one subject designator may be applied toward the major for a BA degree.

For additional degree requirements, please visit the Degree Requirements page.

Last Updated: 6/17/20