Major Requirements

The music major offers world-class training in music theory and performance within Boston College's distinctive liberal arts framework. Students encounter historical, theoretical, cultural, ethnographic, and performance perspectives on music, preparing for a wide range of careers.



courses (minimum)


credits (minimum)


semesters of ensemble performance and/or private lessons

Through a combination of coursework, ensemble performance, and individual instruction in voice or an instrument, music majors acquire a robust base of knowledge in music theory, history, performance, ethnography, and culture. They also gain higher-level knowledge in a particular area of music through their choice of one of four specializations:

  • Composition
  • Performance
  • Music History
  • Cultural Studies


The music major requires a minimum of 12 courses (38 credits), to be taken across the following categories.

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Fall 2024 Music Courses