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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Music - The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Music (120 units)

A non-performance-focused degree that sets music within the broader context of interdisciplinary studies, diversity, and contemporary thought. This degree has a basic music core, upper-division elective music units focused on popular, world, and film music as well as art music, an individualized track of non-music elective studies that focuses in at least two other disciplines (one major area and one or more minor areas), and a final research project culminating in a comprehensive senior paper.

Audition required prior to entrance for majors to assess performance standard; All applicants to the program must meet with the BA adviser prior to, or at the beginning of, the first semester of residence to review the statement of purpose and to draw up an individualized study plan.


Music Theory (15-16 units)

Take all of the following:

  • MUS 141A Musicianship I (2)
    Corequisite: MUS 142A.
  • MUS 141B Musicianship II (2)
    Prerequisite: MUS 141A or satisfactory score on theory placement test. Corequisite: MUS 142B.
  • MUS 142A Harmony I (3)
    Corequisite: MUS 141A.
  • MUS 142B Harmony II (3)
    Prerequisites: MUS 141A & 142A or satisfactory score in theory placement test. Corequisite: MUS 141B.
  • MUS 341 Form and Analysis (3)
    Prerequisites: MUS 241 or consent of instructor.

Take one course from the following: MUS 372A, 342

Music History/Literature (18 units)

Take all of the following:

  • MUS 190* Listener's Approach to Music (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: ENGL 100 or another GE Foundation course.
  • MUS 290 Popular Music in America (3)
    Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.
  • MUS 490* Introduction to Music Cultures (3)
    Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.

*double-counts as GE

Take three courses from the following: MUS 160, 360, 374, 363I, 364I

Performance Ensembles (6 units)

Take 6 units of the following: MUS 100, 200, 201 and/or 300, 400, 401 (ensemble must meet Conservatory approval)

Applied Music (6 units)

Take 6 units of the following: MUS 129/329

Complete Upper-Division Screening Exam (UDSE)

Piano Proficiency

Take the following:

Successful completion of the piano proficiency exam (equivalent to MUS 220B)

Music Forum

Take the following:

  • MUS 210A Writing About Music (1)
    Prerequisite: None
  • MUS 210B Introduction to Basic Music Technology (1)
    Prerequisite: None

Music History Electives (9 units)

Take 9 units the following: MUS 393, 468I, 467, 471 (repeatable to 6 units), 363I, 364I (if not taken in Music History 18-unit core)

Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies (12 units, 6 upper division)

Take 6 units from one major discipline area and an additional 6 units in one or more areas. These areas can be, but are not limited to:

Anthropology; Africana Studies; Asian and Asian-American Studies; Comparative World Literature and Classics; Film Studies; Geography; History; International Studies; Journalism; Philosophy; Political Science; Religious Studies; Romance, German, Russian Languages; and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Final Exit Requirement (4 units)

  • MUS 496 Research Methods (3) (taken penultimate semester of graduation)
    Prerequisite: None

One of the following:

  • MUS 423C. Senior Thesis (1)
    Prerequisites: MUS 360, 374, 496 and consent of Director of Music History.
  • MUS 423D. Senior Project (1)
    Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of instructor.
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