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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2012-13 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2012-13 [Archived Catalog]

Music Major (B.A.)

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Major code BA5195

College of Fine Arts
School of Music
Glidden Hall 440
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4244
Fax: 740.593.4255

Christopher Hayes, contact person

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) at Ohio University is designed for academically talented students with excellent musicianship and a strong background in music who seek a more flexible degree program than is typically possible within a B.Mus. curriculum. This includes students who want to perform and study music while preparing for law or medical school, students who want to pursue a double major, and students who want to focus on academic music studies in the context of a broader liberal arts background. The B.A. requires fewer credit hours in music compared to the B.Mus. degree, so opportunities abound for study in a second area of interest, whether through additional minors or a double major. The B.A. is a true “liberal arts” degree; students complete a range of coursework including foreign language study, humanities, sciences, and mathematics as well as the core music curriculum in performance, musicianship, music theory, and music history.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Admission to the B.A. program is selective, with high academic and music performance standards. In addition to completing the standard application for admission to the University, applicants are required to complete a successful audition on their major instrument, and submit a writing sample. Admission decisions will also take into account academic background (high school curriculum, GPA, class rank, standardized test scores, and so on). Additional information regarding this application process, including audition dates, may be found online at www.finearts.ohio.edu/music.

Change of Program Policy

Students who are currently attending Ohio University, but who wish to declare a major in music (B.A. or any of the B.M. degrees) are required to audition for admission to the School of Music before they may declare the major.

External Transfer Policy

All undergraduates, whether prospective freshmen or transfer students, are required to audition for admission to the degree programs offered by the School of Music. In general, students may not pursue coursework in the major until they have successfully auditioned and been admitted to a music degree program.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The B.A. degree prepares students for a wide variety of careers. In addition to providing a solid foundation for graduate studies in music, the B.A. degree provides enough flexibility for premed and prelaw studies. Or the B.A. in music can be combined with another major, like business or biology. Or a minor may be added to another area of interest; perhaps telecommunications or African American Studies. The degree also provides the flexibility for adding a concentration in one of the academic areas of music study, such as music history/literature or music theory.



Major Hours Requirement

The Bachelor of Arts major in music requires a minimum of 124 hours.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the College of Fine Arts

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Fine Arts. 

College of Fine Arts (COFA) B.A. Degree Requirements

Select and complete courses to satisfy the distribution requirements for all College of Fine Arts (COFA) B.A. degrees.

COFA Foreign Language Requirement

The foreign language requirement has been revised for NEW (incoming freshmen and transfer) students enrolling at OU Summer 2012 and moving forward. current students may choose the new requirements, if they feel that this is beneficial.

BA: Students must complete 213/2130 (or its equivalent). Students taking the SPANISH, FRENCH and GERMAN placement test and who test into 341/3410 will have fulfilled their foreign language requirement. The placement exam does not count as college credit. Students who test into 341/3410 are encouraged to take the course they placed into for college credit. These higher-level courses will count as humanities courses (and FAR 2000-level or higher) as well as towards a minor or major int he field.

Note: High school courses are no longer reviewed for the foreign language requirement.

Students who have prior knowledge of one of the following foreign languages should contact the academic departments listed below for test-out and placement information:

American Sign Language - Contact person: Becky Brooks (saunderb@ohio.edu) 740.654.6711 - Lancaster Campus

French German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, or Russian: Modern Languages - Gordy Hall 283
Contact person: Heather Young (youngh1@ohio.edu) 740.593.2765

Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Kikuyu, Khmer, Somali, Sudanese Arabic, Swahili, Thai, Twi, Vietnamese, Wolof or Zulu: Linguistics - Gordy Hall 383

Greek or Latin: Classics and World Religions - Contact person: Bill Owens (owensb@ohio.edu) - Ellis 210

Please contact the Fine Arts Undergraduate Student Affairs office at 740.593.1812 for additional information.

International Students

For international students whose first or native language is not English, and who completed high school where the first or native language was the one primarily used for instruction, the foreign language requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating competence in English. This must be approved by the assistant dean in the College of Fine Arts, and it generally requires the successful completion of at least one or more courses in English as a foreign language.

You may also satisfy the foreign language requirement by taking a foreign language other than your own first language at Ohio University, or by successfully completing the NYU foreign language exam.

Enrollment in the beginning or intermediate level (under 3000) or you own first language(s) will be considered a noncredit course.

COFA Humanities and Fine Arts Requirement

Complete 9 credit hours from at least 3 different areas from the following list of courses. Courses offered through the school in which your major is housed are not eligible to satisfy this requirement. Courses used to fulfill the foreign language requirement can not also satisfy this requirement.

  • African American Studies (AAS) 1100, 1500,2100, 2110, 2500, 3500, 3520, 3530, 3570
  • Arabic (ARAB), any course
  • Art History (AH), any course
  • Chinese (CHIN), any course
  • Classical Archaeology (CLAR), any course
  • Classics and World Religions (CLWR), any course
  • Communication Studies (COMS) 3520
  • Dance (DANC) 1700, 2010, 2020, 2040, 2050, 2235, 2700, 2710, 3150, 3550, 4550, 4710, 4711, 4750
  • English (ENG), any course, except 1510, 4510, 4520
  • Film (FILM) 2010, 2020, 2030, 3400, 3430, 3440J, 4440, 4710, 4720
  • Fine Arts (FAR) 1500
  • French (FR), any course, except 1199, 4640
  • German (GER), any course
  • Greek (GK), any course
  • History (HIST) 1210, 1220, 1221, 2950, 3140, 3142, 3144, 3146, 3148, 3280, 3281, 3290, 3291, 3292, 3300, 3390, 3400, 3501, 3531, 3532, 3533, 3540, 3541, 3543, 3560, 3562, 3570, 3600, 3601, 3602, 3650, 3700, 3901, 3902, 3904
  • Humanities (HUM), any course
  • Indonesian/Malay (INDO), any course
  • Italian (ITAL), any course
  • Interdisciplinary Arts (IART), any course
  • International Literature - Linguistics (ILL), any course
  • International Literature - Modern Languages (ILML), any course
  • Japanese Culture (JPC), any course
  • Japanese Language (JPN), any course, except 3410
  • Jewish Studies (JS) 1000, 2100
  • Latin (LAT), any course
  • Modern Languages (ML) 2500, 2543, 2544, 2545, 2546, 2547, 2548, 2910, 3210J, 3270J
  • Music (MUS) 1011, 1021, 1200, 1240, 1250, 3210, 3220
  • Philosophy (PHIL), any course, except 1200
  • Portuguese (PORT) 4110
  • Russian (RUS), any course
  • Spanish (SPAN), any course, except 1199
  • Swahili (SWAH), any course
  • Theater (THAR) 1110, 1111, 1390, 1710, 1720, 1730, 2390, 2510, 2720, 3210, 3396, 3397, 3398, 4710, 4720, 4730
  • Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) 1000, 2000, 2100, 3200, 3500, 4100, 4500, 4600, 4610, 4800, 4810

COFA Social Sciences Requirement

Complete 9 credit hours from at least two different areas from the following list of courses:

  • African American Studies (AAS) 1010, 1900, 2020, 2250, 2540, 3410, 3450, 3460, 3680, 4820
  • Anthropology (ANTH), any course, except 2010, 3460, 3550, 4470, 4480, 4920, 4960
  • Business Law (BUSL) 4550
  • Classical Archaeology (CLAR) 2310, 2320, 2330
  • Economics (ECON), any course
  • Geography (GEOG), any course, except 1010, 2020, 3020, 3030, 3040, 3050, 3150, 3160, 3580, 4060, 4070, 4170, 4660, 4670, 4712, 4901
  • History (HIST) 1210, 1220, 1221, 2950, 3140, 3142, 3143, 3144, 3146, 3148, 3280, 3281, 3290, 3291, 3292, 3300, 3390, 3400, 3501, 3531, 3532, 3533, 3540, 3541, 3543, 3560, 3562, 3570, 3600, 3601, 3602, 3650, 3700, 3901, 3902, 3904
  • International Studies (INST), any course
  • Japanese Language (JPN) 3410
  • Linguistics (LING), any course
  • Political Science (POLS), any course
  • Psychology (PSY), any course, except 1110, 2110, 2210, 3230
  • Social Work (SW), any course
  • Sociology (SOC), any course
  • Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) 3600

COFA Natural Sciences Requirement

Complete 6 credit hours from at least two different areas from the following list of courses:

  • Anthropology (ANTH) 2010, 3460, 3550, 4470, 4480, 4920, 4960
  • Astronomy (ASTR), any course
  • Biology (BIOL) 1010
  • Biological Sciences (BIOS), any course
  • Computer Science (CS) 4160
  • Chemistry  (CHEM), any course, except 1100, 1150
  • Environmental and Plant Biology (PBIO), any course
  • Geography (GEOG) 1010, 2020, 3020, 3030, 3040, 3050, 3150, 3160, 3580, 4060, 4070, 4170, 4660, 4670, 4712, 4901
  • Geological Sciences (GEOL), any course
  • Mathematics (MATH), any course, except 1090, 1101, 1102, 1200, 1300, 1321, 1322, 4108, any developmental course
  • Physical Science (PSC), any course
  • Physics (PHYS), any course
  • Psychology (PSY) 2210, 3230

COFA Upper Division Credit Hour Minimum

At least 57 credit hours must be earned at the 2000 level or higher. All courses used to satisfy University General Education, COFA B.A. Degree Requirements, and courses from your major are eligible.

Music Theory

Complete the following courses:

Aural Skills

Complete the following courses:

Music History

Complete the following courses:

Applied Music

Complete 2 hours per semester for 4 semesters on the principal instrument for a total of 8 hours.

Students must attain junior standing in performance by completing the following:

  • Passing a qualifying jury at the end of the sophomore year;
  • Complete two performance lab (MUS 1090) performances.

Major Ensemble Requirement

Complete 4 semesters of major ensemble participation for 1 hour each semester. See School of Music Undergraduate Handbook for ensembles appropriate to the principal instrument and major.

Performance Lab

Complete 4 semesters of the following course:

Additional Music Courses

Complete additional music courses, as needed, to complete the 48-hour requirement. The following courses cannot be used to satisfy this requirement: MUS 1000, MUS 1011, MUS 1200, and MUS 2440.

Additional Requirements

  • Pass the second year review; and
  • Either pass the Keyboard Skill Proficiency (KSP) as required in the School of Music Undergraduate Handbook or complete the following courses with a grade of B (3.0) or better.

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