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Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts

Studio Art Major

  1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for All Programs except Music Performance."
  2. Studio art: Sixty semester hours, consisting of
    1. Studio Art 303K, 303L, 304K, and 304L.
    2. Twelve semester hours, consisting of three hours from each of the following four areas:
      1. Area A: drawing, life drawing
      2. Area B: painting, printmaking
      3. Area C: photography, transmedia
      4. Area D: ceramics, metals, sculpture
    3. Thirty-six additional semester hours of studio art, of which at least twenty-four hours must be upper-division.
  3. Art history: Twelve semester hours, consisting of Art History 302, 304, and six semester hours of upper-division art history.
  4. Electives: Nine semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the Department of Art and Art History.

Total requirements for the degree: 120 semester hours as outlined above.

Design Major

  1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for All Programs except Music Performance."
  2. Studio art: Twenty-one semester hours, consisting of Studio Art 303K, 303L, 304K, 304L, and nine additional semester hours of studio art.
  3. Design: Forty-five semester hours, consisting of Design 370 with a grade of at least C and approval of the design faculty; Design 371 with a grade of at least C and approval of the design faculty; and thirty-nine additional hours of design, of which at least twenty-four must be upper-division. Approval of the design faculty is required before the student may begin upper-division design courses. A student with transfer credit in design must have approval of the design faculty before taking upper-division design courses at the University.
  4. Art history: Twelve semester hours, consisting of Art History 302, 304, and six semester hours of upper-division art history.
  5. Electives: Three semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the Department of Art and Art History.

Total requirements for the degree: 120 semester hours as outlined above.

Visual Art Studies Major

The major in visual art studies is a preprofessional academic program recommended for students seeking teacher certification in art or planning to pursue graduate training for visual arts careers in areas such as community art development, museum education, and art therapy.

  1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for All Programs except Music Performance."
  2. Studio art: Thirty-nine semester hours, consisting of Studio Art 303K, 303L, 304K, 304L, 310K, 311K, 315K or 316K, and eighteen additional semester hours of studio art, of which at least twelve hours must be upper-division.
  3. Art history: Twelve semester hours, consisting of Art History 302, 304, and six semester hours of upper-division art history.
  4. Visual art studies: Twelve semester hours, consisting of Visual Art Studies 330 or 370C, 241C, 141D, 251C, 151D, 261C, and 161D.
  5. Minor: Twelve semester hours approved by the visual art studies adviser.
  6. Approved electives: Six semester hours of coursework approved by the visual art studies adviser.

Total requirements for the degree: 120 semester hours as outlined above.

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Theatre Studies Major

The major in theatre studies is a preprofessional academic program recommended for students seeking teacher certification in theatre arts or considering careers in areas such as drama and theatre for youth, theatre arts programming, community and regional theatre, recreational theatre, and drama for special populations such as the elderly or those with physical or mental disabilities.

  1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for All Programs except Music Performance."
  2. Theatre and dance: Fifty-one semester hours, consisting of
    1. Theatre and dance core: Theatre and Dance 311, 313C, 314C, 314P (two semesters), 317C, 317D, and 351S.
    2. Theatre studies emphasis
      1. Acting and directing: Theatre and Dance 313D and 323C.
      2. Design and technical production: Theatre and Dance 314M and nine semester hours chosen from Theatre and Dance 324 and topics of Theatre and Dance 354T. These nine hours must include one course in each of the following three areas: costume, lighting, and scene.
      3. Theatre studies: Theatre and Dance 326C, 326D, and 326E.
  3. Three semester hours chosen from Theatre and Dance 313E, 323D, 123P, 223P, 323P, 353T, and 356T; Theatre and Dance 351T (Topic: Creative Drama II); and six additional semester hours of coursework in theatre and dance.
  4. Approved electives: Twenty-seven semester hours of coursework approved by the theatre studies adviser.

Total requirements for the degree: 129 semester hours as outlined above.

Dance Major

  1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for All Programs except Music Performance."
  2. Theatre and dance core: Twenty-one semester hours, consisting of Theatre and Dance 311, 312M, 314P (two semesters), 317M, 317N, and 351S.
  3. Dance emphasis: At least sixty-five semester hours, consisting of
    1. Dance technique
            To fulfill the degree requirements in dance technique, the student must achieve a suitable level of proficiency and obtain the approval of the dance faculty. At the discretion of the dance faculty, a student may be required to repeat specific dance technique courses in addition to those required for the degree.
            The student must be registered for dance technique each long-session semester in residence.
      1. Contemporary dance technique: Eighteen semester hours, consisting of two semesters of Theatre and Dance 312C, two semesters of 312D, and two semesters of 322E.
      2. Ballet: Eighteen semester hours, consisting of two semesters of Theatre and Dance 312F, two semesters of 312G, and two semesters of 322J.
      3. Dance focus: Fourteen semester hours, consisting of (a) six semester hours chosen from Theatre and Dance 332M, 332P, and 332R, and (b) eight semester hours chosen from Theatre and Dance 112T, 212T, 312T, 332N, 332Q, 332S, 152T, 252T, and 352T.
    2. Movement and composition: Theatre and Dance 312N.
    3. Dance performance and repertory: Eight semester hours, consisting of two semesters of Theatre and Dance 212P and two semesters of 222P.
    4. Somatics/anatomy: Four semester hours, consisting of Theatre and Dance 112 and 352.

To continue in this degree program, the student must pass an annual evaluation by the dance faculty. Students whose progress in dance technique is judged unsatisfactory by the faculty will be dismissed from the program.

Total requirements for the degree: At least 125 semester hours as outlined above.

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Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Music

Voice Performance Major

  1. Basic education requirements for music performance majors: At least thirty semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for Programs in Music Performance."
  2. Additional basic education requirement in a foreign language: Ten to fifteen semester hours, including course 506 in French, German, and Italian. The appropriate level of proficiency in one of these languages may also be used to fulfill the basic education requirement for foreign language. In such cases, credit for courses 506 and 507 in that language may not be counted toward the degree.
  3. Music
    1. Performance: Thirty-two semester hours, consisting of four semesters of Voice 210, two semesters of Voice 462, Music 420R, Music 460R, Music 210J and 210K, Piano 202 and approval of the faculty, and Music 223J. With the recommendation of the faculty, given in advance, the student may substitute Music 460P and two semesters of Voice 260 and approval of the faculty for one semester of Voice 462 and Music 420R.
    2. Music literature and music theory: Forty-one semester hours, consisting of Music 605, 205M, 205N, 411, 612, 313M, 313N, 219, 221J, 229, 330L, and six hours chosen from Music 334, 337, 342, 343J, and 379K.
    3. Music ensemble: At least eight semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements" in this chapter.
  4. Electives: Two semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the School of Music.

Total requirements for the degree: At least 123 to 128 semester hours as outlined above, and ensemble as stated in "School of Music Special Requirements."

Piano Performance Major

  1. Basic education requirements for music performance majors: At least thirty semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for Programs in Music Performance."
  2. Music
    1. Performance: With the recommendation of the faculty, given in advance, students may choose either of the following two options.
      1. Thirty-eight semester hours, consisting of four semesters of Piano 412, two semesters of Piano 462, Music 420R, Music 460P, Music 460R, and Music 222J or 223J. This option is normally suggested for students who wish to emphasize performance.
      2. Thirty-four semester hours, consisting of four semesters of Piano 412, two semesters of Piano 260, Piano 462, Music 460P, Music 460R, and Music 222J or 223J. This option is normally suggested for students who wish to emphasize pedagogy.
    2. Music literature and music theory: Forty-two semester hours, consisting of Music 605, 411, 612, 313M, 313N, 221J, 221K, 325M, and 330L; two semesters of Music 259N; and six hours chosen from Music 334, 337, 342, 343J, and 379K.
    3. Music ensemble: Eight semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements" in this chapter.
  3. Electives: To be chosen from courses either within or outside the School of Music.
    1. For students who choose option 1 (emphasis on performance) to fulfill the performance requirement: Two semester hours.
    2. For students who choose option 2 (emphasis on pedagogy) to fulfill the performance requirement: Six semester hours.

Total requirements for the degree: At least 120 semester hours as outlined above, and ensemble as stated in "School of Music Special Requirements."

Organ or Harpsichord Performance Major

  1. Basic education requirements for music performance majors: At least thirty semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for Programs in Music Performance."
  2. Music
    1. Performance: Thirty-four semester hours, consisting of four semesters of major instrument course 412, two semesters of major instrument course 462, Music 420R, Music 460R, and Music 222J or 223J.
    2. Music literature and music theory: Forty-one semester hours, consisting of Music 605, 411, 612, 313M, 313N, 221J, 221K, 325L, 325M, 330L, and six semester hours chosen from Music 334, 337, 342, 343J, and 379K.
    3. Music ensemble: Eight semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements" in this chapter.
  3. Electives: Seven semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the School of Music.

Total requirements for the degree: 120 semester hours as outlined above, and ensemble as stated in "School of Music Special Requirements."

Harp Performance Major

  1. Basic education requirements for music performance majors: At least thirty semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for Programs in Music Performance."
  2. Music
    1. Performance: Thirty-four semester hours, consisting of four semesters of Harp 412, two semesters of Harp 462, Music 420R, Music 460R, and Music 222J. With the recommendation of the faculty, given in advance, the student may substitute Music 460P and two semesters of Harp 260 and approval of the faculty for one semester of Harp 462 and Music 420R.
    2. Music literature and music theory: Thirty-nine to forty-one semester hours, consisting of Music 605, 411, 612, 313M, 313N, 221J, 221K, and 330L; six semester hours chosen from Music 334, 337, 342, 343J, and 379K; and the courses in one of the following options:
      1. Composition: Two semesters of Music 214C.
      2. Counterpoint: Music 325L and 325M.
      3. Orchestration: Music 226J and 226K.
    3. Music ensemble: Eight semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements" in this chapter.
  3. Electives: To be chosen from courses either within or outside the School of Music.
    1. For students who choose the option in orchestration or composition: Nine semester hours.
    2. For students who choose the option in counterpoint: Seven semester hours.

Total requirements for the degree: 120 semester hours as outlined above, and ensemble as stated in "School of Music Special Requirements."

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Orchestral Instrument Performance Major

This program is offered in the following instruments: violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, euphonium (baritone), trombone, tuba, percussion, and guitar.

  1. Basic education requirements for music performance majors: At least thirty semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for Programs in Music Performance."
  2. Music
    1. Performance
      1. Thirty-six semester hours, consisting of four semesters of major instrument course 412, two semesters of major instrument course 462, Music 420R, Music 460R, Music 222J, and Music 210K and approval of the faculty. With the recommendation of the full faculty, given in advance, a violin, viola, or violoncello major may substitute Music 460P and two semesters of principal instrument course 260 and approval of the faculty in violin, viola, or violoncello for one semester of major instrument course 462 and Music 420R.
      2. For violin majors, proficiency in viola equivalent to Viola 201 and approval of the faculty.
      3. For euphonium majors, proficiency in trombone equivalent to Trombone 201 and approval of the faculty.
    2. Music literature and music theory: Forty-three or forty-four semester hours, consisting of
      1. Music 605, 411, 612, 313M, 313N, 221J, 221K, 226J, 226K, and 330L.
      2. Two semesters of either Music 259N or 259P.
      3. Either two additional semesters of Music 259N or 259P or one semester of Music 334, 342, or 379K.
      4. Music 334, 337, 342, 343J, or 379K.
    3. Music ensemble: Eight semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements" in this chapter.
  3. Electives: Two or three semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the School of Music.

Total requirements for the degree: At least 120 semester hours as outlined above, and ensemble as stated in "School of Music Special Requirements."

Jazz Performance Major

This program is offered in the following instruments: double bass, drum set, guitar, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and vibraphone.

  1. Basic education requirements for music performance majors: At least thirty semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for Programs in Music Performance."
  2. Music
    1. Performance
      1. Piano majors: Thirty-six semester hours, consisting of three semesters of major instrument course 412, two semesters of major instrument course 412J and approval of the faculty, two semesters of major instrument course 462J, Music 420J, and Music 460J.
      2. Majors in other instruments: Thirty-four semester hours, consisting of two semesters of major instrument course 412, two semesters of major instrument course 412J and approval of the faculty, two semesters of major instrument course 462J, Music 420J and 460J, and Music 210J and approval of the faculty.
    2. Music literature and music theory: Forty-three or forty-five semester hours, consisting of Music 605, 411, 612, 313N, 221J, 226J, 226K, 228G, 228J, 228L, 328M, 329E, 330L, and 343J; majors in instruments other than piano must also complete Music 228K.
    3. Music ensemble: Eight semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements" in this chapter.
  3. Electives: Four semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the School of Music.

Total requirements for the degree: 121 semester hours as outlined above, and ensemble as stated in "School of Music Special Requirements."

Music Theory Major

  1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for All Programs except Music Performance."
  2. Music
    1. Performance: At least fourteen semester hours, consisting of four semesters of principal instrument course 210, two semesters of principal instrument course 260 and approval of the faculty, and Music 222J or 223J. Proficiency in Piano 202, second semester, and approval of the faculty are required if the principal instrument is not piano.
    2. Music literature and music theory: Fifty-five semester hours, consisting of Music 605, 411, 612, 313M, 313N, 214C (two semesters), 221J, 221K, 325L, 325M, 226J, 226K, 329E, 330L, 364, and 369P, and three semester hours chosen from Music 334, 337, 342, 343J, and 379K.
    3. Music ensemble: Eight semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements" in this chapter.
  3. Electives: Four semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the School of Music.

Total requirements for the degree: At least 120 semester hours as outlined above, and ensemble as stated in "School of Music Special Requirements."

Composition Major

  1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for All Programs except Music Performance."
  2. Music
    1. Performance: At least fourteen semester hours, consisting of four semesters of principal instrument course 210, two semesters of principal instrument course 260 and approval of the faculty, and Music 222J or 223J. Proficiency in Piano 202, second semester, and approval of the faculty are required if the principal instrument is not piano.
    2. Music literature, music theory, and composition: At least fifty-seven semester hours, consisting of
      1. Music literature: Music 313N; 330L; and 334, 337, 342, 343J, or 379K.
      2. Music theory: Music 605, 411, 612, 221J, 221K, 325L, 325M, 226J, 226K, and 364.
      3. Composition: Two semesters of Music 214C, two semesters of 224G, at least two semesters of 224J and approval of the music theory and composition faculty, and 329E. Fulfillment of this requirement signifies the completion of original compositions of a quality and a quantity sufficient to present the composition recital described below. At the discretion of the music theory and composition faculty, a student may be required to complete more than two semesters of Music 224J.
    3. Recital: Upon approval of the music theory and composition faculty, a composition major must present a recital of his or her works. The recital must be approximately thirty minutes in length and must consist of works approved by the student's composition instructor. It is normally given during the student's last semester of Music 224J. It is graded by a jury of designated music theory and composition faculty members. The student must receive from the jury an average grade of at least B for the recital; if the average grade is less than B, the student, upon approval of the music theory and composition faculty, must present another composition recital.
    4. Music ensemble: Eight semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements" in this chapter.
  3. Electives: Two semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the School of Music.

Total requirements for the degree: At least 120 semester hours as outlined above, and ensemble as stated in "School of Music Special Requirements."

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Jazz Composition Major

This program is offered in the following instruments: double bass, drum set, guitar, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and vibraphone.

  1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for All Programs except Music Performance."
  2. Music
    1. Performance
      1. Piano principals: Eighteen semester hours, consisting of three semesters of major instrument course 210, two semesters of major instrument course 212J and approval of the faculty, one semester of major instrument course 462J, and Music 420J.
      2. Principals in other instruments: Eighteen semester hours, consisting of two semesters of major instrument course 210, two semesters of major instrument course 212J and approval of the faculty, one semester of major instrument course 462J, Music 420J, and Music 210J and approval of the faculty.
      Each student must also complete a recital of compositions and/or arrangements. This recital is given in the senior year and must be approved by the jazz faculty.
    2. Music literature, music theory, and composition: Fifty-one or fifty-three semester hours consisting of Music 605, 411, 612, 313N, 214C, 221J, 226J, 226K, 228G, 228J, 228L, 328M, three semesters of 228P, 329E, 330L, and 343J; principals in instruments other than piano must also complete Music 228K.
    3. Music ensemble: Eight semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements" in this chapter.
  3. Electives: Six or eight semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the School of Music.

Total requirements for the degree: 124 semester hours as outlined above, and ensemble as stated in "School of Music Special Requirements."

Music Studies Major

The major in music studies is a preprofessional academic program recommended for students seeking teacher certification in music or intending to pursue graduate preparation for careers in areas such as music and human learning, music therapy, music management, music merchandising, music publishing, and community music development.

  1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described in this chapter in the section "Basic Education Requirements for All Programs except Music Performance."
  2. Music
    1. Performance: Twelve to fourteen semester hours, consisting of four semesters of principal instrument course 210; two semesters of principal instrument course 260 and approval of the faculty; and Music 210K, or equivalent proficiency, and approval of the faculty. Music 210K or equivalent proficiency is required of all music studies majors, regardless of principal instrument.
    2. Music theory and literature: Twenty-nine or thirty semester hours, consisting of Music 605, 411, 612, 313M, 313N, and 330L; two semester hours chosen from Music 226G, 226J, and 226N; and Music 221J, 334, 337, 342, 343J, or 379K. The choice of upper-division music literature course must be approved by the student's adviser.
    3. Conducting: Four semester hours, consisting of either Music 222J and 222K or Music 223J and 223K.
    4. Choral or instrumental music techniques, literature, and performance practices: Seventeen semester hours in one of the following areas of emphasis.
      1. Choral music emphasis:
        1. Music 354C, 354F, 255V, and 356G.
        2. Music 354D or three semester hours approved by the music studies adviser.
        3. Two semester hours chosen from Music 255D (strings), 255E (brasses), and 255F (woodwinds).
        4. One semester hour chosen from Music 115D (violin), 115E (trumpet), 115F (clarinet), 115G, and 155C. The course used to fulfill this requirement must involve the study of a family of instruments different from that used to fulfill the preceding requirement.
      2. Instrumental music emphasis: Music 354C or 354F; Music 155C, 255D, 255E, 255F, and 356J; and, with the approval of the music studies adviser, four semester hours chosen from Music 115D, 115E, 115F, and 255M.
    5. Music ensemble: Eight semester hours of music ensemble courses as explained in "School of Music Special Requirements" in this chapter.
  3. Approved electives: Eight to eleven semester hours of coursework approved by the music studies adviser.

Total requirements for the degree: 120 semester hours as outlined above, and ensemble as stated in "School of Music Special Requirements." The student must also make a recital appearance as described in "Recital Requirement for Music Studies Majors."

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