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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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An investigation of formal types, processes and functions in the instrumental tonal music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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A study of the theories and analytical methodologies developed by the Austrian theorist Heinrich Schenker. Prerequisite: MTHC 410 or permission of the instructor. LEC
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A seminar designed to develop and explore the use and programming of microcomputers as an aid in research and the production of music. Topics will include composition and production tools for music, structured program design, data representation, and basic computer-assisted instruction models. Prerequisite: EECS 138 or equivalent or permission of the instructor. LEC
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Procedures for teaching theoretical concepts and skills. Survey of available texts and related materials. Three credits when offered during a full academic term; one-two credits when offered as a short-term institute. Prerequisite: MTHC 315 or MTHC 316 or permission of instructor. LEC
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Essentially for theory and composition majors on the master's level. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. RSH
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Prerequisite: MTHC 676, or consent of department. May be repeated for credit. RSH
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Topics vary by semester. May be repeated for credit. LEC
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Essentially for theory and composition majors on the doctoral level. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three 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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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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This is an all-purpose fill in the blank course for freshmen and sophomores. It can be used when need arises. IND
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A study of concert and recital music as it relates to the performer and listener. Students will have interaction with professional musicians through live performances and discussions with the performers. Music performed on the concert and chamber music series and on concerts of music department faculty will be carefully examined. Baroque through modern music, jazz, and music of other cultures are the basic units in the course. Written research projects and reviews of performances are required. LEC
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A team-taught, performance-based survey for wind and string students of musical styles from the Baroque to present. Students will examine music from their perspective literature from several different perspectives including: historical, theoretical, technical, and expressive. The integration of these perspectives into the students' performance is the ultimate goal of the course. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of applied instrumental instructor. IND
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This is an all-purpose fill in the blank course for juniors and seniors. It can be used when need arises. IND
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A study of concert and recital music as it relates to the performer and listener. Students will have interaction with professional musicians through live performances and discussions with the performers. Music performed on the concert and chamber music series and on concerts of music department faculty will be carefully examined. Baroque through modern music, jazz, and music of other cultures are the basic units in the course. Written research projects and reviews of performances are required. LEC
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A team-taught, performance-based survey for wind and string students of musical styles from the Baroque to present. Students will examine music from their perspective literature from several different perspectives including: historical, theoretical, technical, and expressive. The integration of these perspectives into the students' performance is the ultimate goal of the course. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of applied instrumental instructor. IND
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A course covering commercial aspects of the music business, including publishing, copyright law, recording, live performance, the motion picture and radio business, composition, teaching, and music merchandising. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. LEC
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Considerations involved in booking, scheduling, and presenting music, theatre, and dance events. Locating and selecting artists, reading and negotiating contracts, fund raising, grant writing, working with support groups, marketing techniques, publicity, personnel, and finance management. LEC
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A study and analysis of music from the turn of the century to World War II. For non-music majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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A study and analysis of music from World War II to the present. For non-music majors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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This is an all-purpose fill in the blank course for graduate students. It can be used when need arises. LEC
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Honors version of MUSC 136/MUSC 336. Open only to students in the University Honors Program or by permission of instructor. Designed to aid non-music majors in developing skills needed for listening to music. Emphasis on masterworks of Western music. A student may receive credit for only one of the four courses numbers: MUSC 135, MUSC 335, MUSC 136, MUSC 336. LEC
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Designed to aid non-music majors in developing the skills needed for listening to music. Emphasis on masterworks of Western music. Open only to freshman and sophomore non-music majors. A student may receive credit in either MUSC 136 or MUSC 336, but not both. LEC
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Addresses music as a social and cultural phenomenon shaping broader patterns of human activity. It examines the ideas, behaviors and beliefs people have about their music based on selected case studies of traditional and popular music from North America, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The main goal of this course is to understand why people from different parts of the world do music the way they do. LEC
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May be repeated for credit. (Same as CHOR 254.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. ACT
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May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. ACT
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A survey of the history of jazz from its beginnings in the early twentieth century to the present. Open to music and non-music majors. LEC
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A survey of the American popular song in the twentieth century, with an emphasis on the composer's lyricists, and performers who made them popular. LEC
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A detailed study of the major styles of jazz that developed between 1920 and 1980, with an emphasis on aural recognition of their characteristics. LEC
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A detailed study of the most innovative and influential figures in the history of jazz. LEC
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A survey of the Broadway Musical from the early twentieth century to the present. LEC
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A survey of the film musical from the 1920s through the 1980s. LEC
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Designed for non-music majors, the course surveys the geographical and ethnographical sources of the many forms of music in Latin America. The various forms of music will be examined from historical, cultural, and stylistic perspectives. LEC
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A survey of concert music in Europe and the United States in the twentieth century. Not open to music majors. LEC
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Survey of the many musical traditions of Black Africa and the Middle East, emphasizing their cultural and social context. Open to both majors and non-majors. LEC
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Survey of the history of rock and roll, starting with its origins in rhythm and blues and continuing to the present day. Open to both majors and non-majors. LEC
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A survey course for non-majors on the history of film music from silent films to the present. Students will use written texts, website materials such as streaming video and audio, and regular screening in an auditorium setting for assignments and papers. LEC
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This course examines the richness and diversity of African American music and its influence on the entire American musical landscape. Beginning with African retentions in African American music, the course will trace the history and development of both written and oral traditions from 1700 to the present day. LEC
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This course examines the history, culture, and musical traditions of the Andean region: Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, and Venezuela. It focuses on a selection of indigenous rituals and popular music of mestizo and African American origin. By the end of the semester students will be acquainted with particular genres, instruments, and the social contexts with which they are associated. LEC
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This course examines the history, culture, and musical traditions of Mexico and the Caribbean. It focuses on a selection of rituals and traditional and popular music of the region. By the end of the summer students will be acquainted with various musical genres, instruments, and the social contexts with which they are associated. LEC
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Introduction to world music; and Western music to 1400. Prerequisite: One year of music theory. LEC
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Honors version of MUSC 136/MUSC 336. Open only to students in the University Honors Program or by permission of instructor. Designed to aid non-music majors in developing skills needed for listening to music. Emphasis on masterworks of Western music. A student may receive credit for only one of the four course numbers: MUSC 135, MUSC 335, MUSC 136, MUSC 336. LEC
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Designed to aid non-music majors in developing the skills needed for listening to music. Emphasis on masterworks of Western music and writing about music. Open only to junior and senior non-music majors. A student may receive credit for either MUSC 136 or MUSC 336, but not both. LEC
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A selected topic in music or an interdisciplinary topic in the fine arts. The course may be repeated for credit when topic varies. Open only to non-music majors. LEC
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The course may be repeated for credit when topic varies. Open only to music majors. Prerequisite: MUSC 320 or permission of instructor. LEC
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Addresses music as a social and cultural phenomenon shaping broader patterns of human activity. It examines the ideas, behaviors and beliefs people have about their music based on selected case studies of traditional and popular music from North America, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The main goal of this course is to understand why people from different parts of the world do music the way they do. LEC
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Western Music from 1400 to 1750. Prerequisite: MUSC 320. LEC
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Investigation of a subject by means of directed study of primary sources. Prerequisite: A grade of "A" or "B" in MUSC 298, or equivalent, and permission of instructor. IND
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Western Music from 1750 to 1900. Prerequisite: MUSC 340. LEC
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Western music since 1900, classical and vernacular. Prerequisite: MUSC 440. LEC
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A concentrated survey of Western music from about 500 to 1400. Prerequisite: MUSC 320. LEC
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A concentrated survey of Western music from about 1400 to 1600. Prerequisite: MUSC 340. LEC
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A concentrated survey of Western music from about 1600 1750. Prerequisite: MUSC 340 and MUSC 440. LEC
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A concentrated survey of Western music from about 1750 to 1815. Prerequisite: MUSC 440. LEC
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A concentrated survey of Western music from about 1815 to 1900. Prerequisite: MUSC 440 and MUSC 480. LEC
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A concentrated survey of Western music during the twentieth century. Prerequisite: MUSC 480. LEC
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A concentrated survey of music in the United States. Prerequisite: One course in the field of musicology or permission of the instructor. LEC
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A concentrated survey of the history of opera. Prerequisite: MUSC 340, MUSC 440, and MUSC 480. LEC
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A concentrated survey of the history of chamber music. Prerequisite: MUSC 440 and MUSC 480. LEC
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A concentrated survey of the history of the concerto. Prerequisite: MUSC 440 and MUSC 480. LEC
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A concentrated survey of the history of the symphony. Prerequisite: MUSC 440 and MUSC 480. LEC
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A chronological survey of the development of the wind band/ensemble and its music, using standard musical works from each historical period. Prerequisite: MUSC 440 and MUSC 480 or permission of the instructor. LEC
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A historical survey of music theory, both practical and speculative, from the ancient Greeks to the late twentieth century. Prerequisite: MUSC 240, MUSC 340, MUSC 440, and MUSC 480. LEC
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Prerequisite: Minimum average of B in MUSC 320, MUSC 340, MUSC 440, MUSC 480 or equivalent, and permission of instructor. IND
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An original research project that will result in a scholarly paper of moderate size. May be repeated once for credit. IND
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An introduction to music as part of the cultural experience in India, Southeast Asia, the Orient, and Africa, with comparisons to Western traditions and influences on contemporary music. LEC
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Prerequisite: MUSC 320, MUSC 340, MUSC 440, and MUSC 480 or permission of instructor. LEC
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May be repeated for credit. (Same as CHOR 654.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. ACT
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Investigation of a subject by means of directed readings using primary schorlarly sources. Prerequisite: MTHC 410 and consent of instructor. LEC
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May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. ACT
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Investigation of a subject by means of directed study of primary resources. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. IND
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Prerequisite: MUSC 320. LEC
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Prerequisite: MUSC 340. LEC
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Prerequisite: MUSC 340 and MUSC 440. LEC
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Prerequisite: MUSC 440. LEC
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Prerequisite: MUSC 440 and MUSC 480. LEC
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Prerequisite: MUSC 480. LEC
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Prerequisite: MUSC 340 or MUSC 440 or permission of instructor. LEC
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A survey of historical developments from the Pilgrims to the present. (Same as AMS 737.) Prerequisite: One course in the field of music history or permission of the instructor. LEC
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Prerequisite: MUSC 340, MUSC 440, and MUSC 480. LEC
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Prerequisite: MUSC 340 and MUSC 440, or permission of instructor. LEC
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Prerequisite: MUSC 440 and MUSC 480, or permission of instructor. LEC
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Prerequisite: MUSC 440 and MUSC 480, or permission of instructor. LEC
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Prerequisite: MUSC 440 and MUSC 480, or permission of instructor. LEC
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A chronological survey of the development of the wind band/ensemble and its music, using standard musical works from each historical period. Prerequisite: MUSC 440, MUSC 480, or permission of instructor. LEC
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Prerequisite: MUSC 340, MUSC 440, and MUSC 480. LEC
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Prerequisite: MUSC 340, MUSC 440, and MUSC 480. LEC
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A historical survey of music theory, both practical and speculative, from the ancient Greeks to the late twentieth century. (Same as MTHC 778.) LEC
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Investigation of a subject by means of directed reading of primary literary sources. Prerequisite: A grade average of "B" in two musicology courses numbered 500 or above and consent of instructor. IND
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Bibliography, research methods, and scholarly writing in music for entering graduate students. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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Advanced bibliography and writing of research papers. Prerequisite: MUSC 801. LEC
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A research course designed primarily for doctoral students in musicology. Prerequisite: MUSC 801, or its equivalent. LEC
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Primary and secondary sources in performance practices dealing mainly with the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, with implications applicable to student's performance medium. LEC
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Each semester a topic (to be inserted in the blank) will be the basis for discussion, reports, and a research paper. May be repeated for credit provided no course duplication takes place. LEC
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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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