2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog *As of 10/16/2023 
    Dec 08, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog *As of 10/16/2023

Jazz and Popular Music, B.A. (temporarily suspended through Spring 2023*)

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*This Program/concentration is under voluntary review by the academic department.  During this period of evaluation, no new students will be admitted to the program/concentration.

The Jazz and Popular Music Program prepares competent, professional musicians for careers in the many fields associated with jazz and popular music performance. Through intense performance and theoretical studies in a traditional liberal arts setting, students will develop skills, knowledge, and abilities through a curriculum that is based on an interdisciplinary setting, with a focus on practical performance applications in a diverse society. Graduates will have many choices of future endeavors, and will be prepared for immediate careers or graduate school in the fields of jazz and popular music performance, arranging, composing, teaching, and other areas. Admission to the program is by audition only; students must also be admitted to the University.

The Jazz and Popular Music program requires 122 credit hours for completion, which includes 41 credits in general education requirements, 75 credits for core music courses, and 6 credits in supporting areas.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements

All students are expected to complete a common body of academic course work. The General Education Requirements are designed to promote the development of a comprehensive educational base which will effectively support a student’s choice of a major concentration. MATH 099  does not meet the General Education Requirement and does not apply toward graduation requirements.

Curriculum Area I - Arts and Humanities: Credits 9

Discipline E: Speech

Discipline B: History

One course from: Discipline B, Discipline C or Discipline D.

Discipline C: Foreign Language

Languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, American Sign Language, Hindi, Russian,

Curriculum Area II - Social and Behavioral Sciences: Credits 6

Students must select one course in each of two disciplines:

Curriculum Area IV – Mathematics: Credits 3

Curriculum Area V - English Composition: Credits 9

Curriculum Area VI - Emerging Issues: Credits 7

Additional Courses: Credits 6

In addition, students must take 6 credits from foreign language or approved international liberal arts courses:

Total Required for General Education: Credits 41

1Students must pass ENGL 101  and ENGL 102  with grade of “C” or above before taking ENGL 203  

2Honors students should take honors courses

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