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Music Major (BA)

School of Music, 175 Moody Music Building
www.as.ua.edu/music
music@as.ua.edu

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of arts degree must complete all University, college (see p. 50-52), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA and all work attempted applicable to the major throughout the entire higher education career.

Major courses. The major in music (BA) requires successful completion of the following 45 semester hours:

CoursesSemester hours
MUS 1154
MUS 1174
MUS 2154
MUS 2174
MUS 2503
MUS 2513
MUS 2523
MUS 3073
MUS 3233
MUS 4970
MUS electives 300 or 400 level6
MUA applied 100 level (four semesters)14
MUA ensembles (four semesters)24
MUA 010 (five semesters)0
MUA 2990
Total45

1Students must earn a minimum of 4 hours and four semesters in a single instrument or voice chosen from: MUA 170, MUA 171, MUA 172, MUA 174, MUA 175, MUA 176, MUA 177, MUA 178, MUA 179, MUA 180, MUA 181, MUA 182, MUA 183, MUA 184, MUA 185, MUA 186, MUA 187, MUA 188, or MUA 189.
2Four semesters of ensembles should be chosen from MUA 150:350, MUA 152:352, MUA 153:353, MUA 154:354, MUA 155:355, MUA 156:356, MUA 157:357, MUA 158:358, MUA 159:359, MUA 160:360, MUA 161:361, MUA 162:362, MUA 163:363, MUA 165:365, MUA 167:367, MUA 168:368, or MUA 169:369.

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. The music major does not require ancillary courses.

Required minor. This major requires the completion of a minor.

Additional major requirements. MUS 121 does not satisfy the fine arts (FA) general education requirement for music majors. At the beginning of the senior year, the student, in consultation with the music advisor, selects a faculty advisor for the senior project, which is usually a substantial paper on a historical or theoretical topic. The topic and format of the project must be approved by the project advisor. The project must be turned in one month before the last day of classes in the final semester. It will be examined by a faculty committee selected by the project advisor. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester.

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