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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)

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A survey of significant anthem literature. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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Handbell history, literature, performance, and rehearsal techniques. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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A study of the history and literature of children's choirs, vocal characteristics of children, and rehearsal procedures with the children's choir. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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A study of the historical development of hymnody. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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Applied study in improvisation at the organ. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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Applied music lessons for freshmen and sophomores not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for freshmen majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for sophomores majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 121-level until the music major has accumulated 4 credits (8 for performance majors). IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 221-level until the music major has accumulated 8 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons for seniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 321-level until the music major has accumulated 12 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons. Must be taken in the semester a recital is being performed and as required by the degree program. Not for performance majors. IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors majoring in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Performance majors must accumulate 16 credits at the 121/221 levels. IND
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For graduate students not majoring in clarinet. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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For graduate students majoring in clarinet. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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A study of clarinet repertoire and performance techniques in the 18th and 19th centuries. LEC
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A study of clarinet repertoire and performance techniques from 1900 to the present. LEC
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Individual instruction. Open only to students who have been admitted to the D.M.A. curriculum in clarinet. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. RSH
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Maximum seven hours credit. RSH
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A lecture-recital and scholarly paper on a subject pertinent to the student's major field. Open only to candidates for the D.M.A. in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. RSH
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A scholarly paper on a subject pertinent to the student's major field. Open only to candidates for the D.M.A. in performance and conducting. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. RSH
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An introduction to the principles of conducting through exercises and musical examples designed to develop a specific technical skill. A study of the basic conducting patterns and their application. IND
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A continuation of COND 245. Prerequisite: COND 245. IND
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Conducting technique, choral musicianship, and choral methods. Prerequisite: MEMT 246, MEMT 330, and/or consent of instructor. RSH
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Continuation of COND 711. RSH
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A study of conducting techniques and problems in rehearsal and performance. Score analysis and repertoire development. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. RSH
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Development of skills in the reading of all clefs and the most common transpositions. Simultaneous reading of multiple lines and their practical rendition at the piano. May be repeated for credit. RSH
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A study of conducting techniques as they pertain to developing an expressive and precise choral ensemble. Participating in rehearsals under the supervision of instructor. May involve conducting in public performance. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. Prerequisite: Four hours of conducting and/or consent of instructor. IND
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Refinement of conducting and teaching skills in a choral setting. Focus on relationships between gesture and choral sound, rehearsal structure and optimal learning, and age-appropriate choral literature and development of musicality. (Same as MEMT 820.) LAB
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Development of fluency in reading full scores at the piano. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Two semesters of COND 791 or consent of instructor. RSH
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A study of techniques needed to project the conductor's concept in rehearsal and performance. Participating in rehearsals under the supervision of the instructor. May involve conducting in public performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. RSH
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Choral literature from 1450 to 1650. LEC
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Symphonic repertoire. LEC
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Operatic repertoire. LEC
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Solo repertoire with orchestra. LEC
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A study of literature for wind band including original works and transcriptions. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. LEC
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Open only to students who have been admitted to the D.M.A. program in conducting. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. RSH
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Maximum credit, four hours. THE
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A lecture-recital and scholarly paper on a subject pertinent to the student's major field. Open only to candidates for the D.M.A. in conducting. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. RSH
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A scholarly paper on a subject pertinent to the student's major field. Open only to candidates for the D.M.A. in performance and conducting. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. THE
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Applied music lessons for freshmen and sophomores not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Studio performance of solo, ensemble, and orchestral audition repertoire for students concurrently enrolled in violin (viola, etc.) study. For freshman and sophomores (120); juniors and seniors (320); graduate student (720) (as appropriate). May be repeated for credit. LEC
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Applied music lessons for freshmen majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for sophomores majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 121-level until the music major has accumulated 4 credits (8 for performance majors). IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Studio performance of solo, ensemble, and orchestral audition repertoire for students concurrently enrolled in violin (viola, etc.) study. For freshman and sophomores (120); juniors and seniors (320); graduate student (720) (as appropriate). May be repeated for credit. LEC
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Applied music lessons for juniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 221-level until the music major has accumulated 8 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons for seniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 321-level until the music major has accumulated 12 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons. Must be taken in the semester a recital is being performed and as required by the degree program. Not for performance majors. IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors majoring in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Performance majors must accumulate 16 credits at the 121/221 levels. IND
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For graduate students not majoring in double bass. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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Studio performance of solo, ensemble, and orchestral audition repertoire for students concurrently enrolled in violin (viola, etc.) study. For freshman and sophomores (120); juniors and seniors (320); graduate student (720) (as appropriate). May be repeated for credit. LEC
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For graduate students majoring in double bass. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for freshmen and sophomores not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for freshmen majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for sophomores majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 121-level until the music major has accumulated 4 credits (8 for performance majors). IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 221-level until the music major has accumulated 8 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons for seniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 321-level until the music major has accumulated 12 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons. Must be taken in the semester a recital is being performed and as required by the degree program. Not for performance majors. IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors majoring in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Performance majors must accumulate 16 credits at the 121/221 levels. IND
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For graduate students not majoring in euphonium. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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For graduate students majoring in euphonium. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for freshmen and sophomores not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for freshmen majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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One or two lessons per week. For freshmen and sophomores. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for sophomores majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 121-level until the music major has accumulated 4 credits (8 for performance majors). IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 221-level until the music major has accumulated 8 credits. IND
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One or two lessons per week. For juniors and seniors. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for seniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 321-level until the music major has accumulated 12 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons. Must be taken in the semester a recital is being performed and as required by the degree program. Not for performance majors. IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors majoring in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Performance majors must accumulate 16 credits at the 121/221 levels. IND
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For graduate students not majoring in flute. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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For graduate students majoring in flute. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three credits. IND
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A study of repertoire and performance practice relating to the baroque flute and recorder during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. LEC
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A study of repertoire and extended performance techniques of the twentieth century. LEC
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Individual instruction. Open only to students who have been admitted to the D.M.A. curriculum in flute. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. RSH
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Maximum seven hours credit. THE
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A lecture-recital and scholarly paper on a subject pertinent to the student's major field. Open only to candidates for the D.M.A. in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. RSH
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A scholarly paper on a subject pertinent to the student's major field. Open only to candidates for the D.M.A. in performance and conducting. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. THE
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Applied music lessons for freshmen and sophomores not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for freshmen majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for sophomores majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 121-level until the music major has accumulated 4 credits (8 for performance majors). IND
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For freshmen and sophomores. Study and performance of ensemble literature for the horn. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 221-level until the music major has accumulated 8 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons for seniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 321-level until the music major has accumulated 12 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons. Must be taken in the semester a recital is being performed and as required by the degree program. Not for performance majors. IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors majoring in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Performance majors must accumulate 16 credits at the 121/221 levels. IND
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For juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Study and performance of ensemble literature for the horn. May be repeated for credit. IND
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For graduate students not majoring in French horn. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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For graduate students majoring in French horn. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three credits. IND
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Individual instruction. Open only to students who have been admitted to the D.M.A. curriculum in French Horn. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to two hours. RSH
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A lecture-recital and scholarly paper on a subject pertinent to the student's major field. Open only to candidates for the D.M.A. in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. RSH
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