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Musical Arts, BMA

Offered in: CHICAGO

The Bachelor of Musical Arts degree is an interdisciplinary program requiring 122 semester hours of course work. The degree is designed for students with strong academic background who wish to combine the study of music with an emphasis in an outside field. The outside field may be a self-designed course of study that combines several subjects if desired (e.g. History and Political Science). Students’ programs are individualized according to their interests and culminate in a senior project that melds their work in music with their second discipline.


A grade point average of at least 3.0 is required for admission into the program.

General education

  Mathematics .....3
  Two Science courses .....7
  Two Social Science or Humanities courses (depending on area of focus) .....6
  ACP 101 First-Year Seminar .....3
  ACP 110 Primary Texts .....3
  ACP 250 Grounds for Change .....3
  ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing .....3
  ENG 102 Composition II: Introduction to Academic Research .....3
  LIBS 201 Writing Social Justice .....3

Music requirements

  Applied Music .....8 min
  Ensemble .....2 min
  Senior project supervised by faculty .....3
  MUHL 210 The Music of America .....3
  MUHL 251 History of Western Music I .....3
  MUHL 252 History of Western Music II .....3
  MUHL 253 History of Western Music III .....3
  MUSC 121AB Musicianship I .....5
  MUSC 122 A Musicianship II .....5
  MUSC 221AB Musicianship III .....5
  MUSC 222AB Musicianship IV .....5
  PERF 099 Performance Attendance (six semesters required) .....
  Guided electives in music, chosen in consultation with faculty .....25

Six hours of foreign language are recommended. This may be counted in fulfillment of the humanities requirement or as part of the second emphasis if that is of an interdisciplinary nature.

Second Emphasis/Minor Requirements


Six courses (18 credit hours) in one of the areas listed below:

  • African/African American Studies
  • Art
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Literature
  • North American Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Social Justice
  • Sociology
  • Theatre
  • Women's and Gender Studies