Core Offerings

Arts Core

The department offers three courses (MUSA1100, MUSA1200, and MUSA1300) that satisfy the University Core requirement in the Arts.  Each introduces a different area of musical knowledge: theory, musicology, ethnomusicology


Fundamentals of Music Theory focuses on technical aspects of the language of music: the basic vocabulary and manipulation of scales, chords and use of figured bass.  This is a prerequisite for the major and minor and is recommended for those intending to continue in music.


Introduction to Music surveys a the broad history of Western music history through the various style periods styles: the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Baroque, Classical Era, Romantic Era, 20th century and contemporary art music.


History of Popular Music offers a socio-historical approach to the history and context of American popular music from the; upper level cross-cultural courses deal with Western traditions (such as Celtic Musics, Irish Folk Music, Music in America, Rhythm and Blues) and non-Western traditions.

Cultural Diversity Core

The following courses fulfill the cultural diversity requirement and fulfill requirements or act as electives within the music major and minor.

MUSA1320 Introduction to Musics of the World

MUSA2306 African Music

MUSA2307 Musics of Asia

MUSA2309 Music and Culture of the Middle East