Nov 28, 2021
Major code BA5195
College of Fine Arts
School of Music
Glidden Hall 440
Athens, OH 45701
Christopher Hayes, contact person
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.
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 currently attending Ohio University who wish to declare a major in music 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.
College of Fine Arts (COFA) B.A. Degree Requirements
B.A. Degree and Requirements
General requirements for a B.A. are
- a minimum of 120 semester hours;
- 57 hours of coursework above the 1999 level;
- the equivalent of two years of college-level foreign language;
- at least 9 hours each of humanities, social sciences, and 6 hours of natural sciences coursework;
- General Education Requirements —Tiers I, II, III; and
- all requirements stipulated by the school for the chosen major.
Minors are optional.
B.A. Degree Language Options
B.A.: Students must complete 2120 (or its equivalent). Students taking the Spanish, French, or German placement test and who test into 3410 will have fulfilled their foreign language requirement. The placement exam does not count as college credit. Students who test into 3410 are encouraged to take the course they placed into for college credit. These higher-level courses will count as humanities courses (and A&S 2000-level or higher) as well as towards a minor or major in the field.
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 - email@example.com - 740.654.6711 - Lancaster Campus
French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, or Russian - Modern Languages - Gordy Hall 283 - Contact person: Heather Young - firstname.lastname@example.org - 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 email@example.com - Ellis 210
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) of your own first language(s) will be considered a noncredit course.
Please contact the Fine Arts Undergraduate Student Affairs office at 740.593.1808 for additional information.
Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements
The humanities requirement may be met by selecting 9 semester hours, excluding the major, from the following (if no courses are listed, all courses apply):
- African American Studies: AAS 1060 , 1100 , 1500 , 2100 , 2110 , 2500 , 3100 , 3170 , 3500 , 3520 , 3530 , 3550 , 3560 , 3570
- Art: ART 1100 , 1200 , 1210 , 1220 , 1230 , 1240 , 1600 , 2640 , 3660
- Art History: AH
- Classical Archaeology, except CLAR 2110 , 2120 , 2130
- Classics in English (CLAS)
- College of Arts and Sciences: CAS 1110
- Communication Studies: COMS 3601 , 3602 , 3603
- Dance: DANC 1010 , 1020 , 1040 , 1050 , 1700 , 2235 , 2700 , 2710 , 3150 , 3550 , 4550 , 4710 , 4711 , 4750
- English: except ENG D150 , D160 , 1510 , 1610 , 4510 , 4520 , 4911 , 4912
- Film: FILM 2010 , 2020 , 2030 , 3400 , 3430 , 4440 , 4710 , 4720
- Fine Arts: FAR 1500
- Foreign language courses other than those used to complete the foreign language requirement and except FR 1199 , 4640 , JPN 3410 , and SPAN 1199
- History: HIST 1210 , 1220 , 1221 , 2950 , 3111J , 3140 , 3143 , 3144 , 3146 , 3148 , 3224 , 3280 , 3290 , 3291 , 3292 , 3293 , 3390 , 3400 , 3501 , 3520 , 3531 , 3532 , 3533 , 3540 , 3541 , 3542 , 3543 , 3560 , 3562 , 3600 , 3601 , 3602 , 3650 , 3700 , 3860 , 3861 , 3864 , 3900 , 4536
- Humanities: HUM 2070 , 2080 , 2170 , 2900
- Interdisciplinary Arts: IART
- International Literatures in English, International Literature: Linguistics, and International Literature: Modern Languages except ILL 3890
- Jewish Studies: (all), JS 1000 , 2100 , 2900
- Modern Languages: ML 2910 , 3210J , 3270J
- Music/Music Literature: MUS 1200 or 1250 , 1240 , 3210 , 4210 , 4211 , 4212 , 4213 , 4214 , 4215 , 4216 , 4270 , 4280
- Philosophy: except PHIL 1200
- Portuguese: PORT 3110 , 3120 , 4110 , 4120 ,
- Theater: THAR 1390 , 1710 , 1730 , 2130 , 2390 , 2710 , 2711 , 3396 , 3397 , 3398 , 4710
- University Professor: UP 1901 , 1901U , 4901U (class subjects vary; check Course Offerings for more information)
- Women’s and Gender Studies: except WGS 3910
- World Religions: CLWR
The social sciences requirement may be met by a selection of 9 semester hours, excluding the major, from the following (if no courses are listed, all courses apply):
- African American Studies: AAS 1010 , 1900 , 2020 , 2200 , 2250 , 2540 , 3400 , 3410 , 3450 , 3460 , 3680 , 4400 , 4820
- Anthropology: except ANTH 2010 , 3460 , 3550 , 4470 , 4480 , 4960 , and those listed as natural sciences below
- Business Law: BUSL 2000 , 2550
- Classical Archaeology: CLAR 2110 , 2120 , 2130
- College of Arts and Sciences: CAS 1120
- Economics: ECON
- Environmental and Plant Biology: PBIO 2170
- Geography: GEOG except those listed under Natural Sciences (see below)
- History: HIST except those listed under Humanities (see above)
- International Studies: INST
- International Literature: ILL 3890
- Japanese: JPN 3410
- Law, Justice, and Culture: LJC 2000
- Linguistics: LING
- Political Science: POLS
- Psychology: except PSY 1110 , 2110 , 2210 , 3110 , 3230
- Social Work: SW
- Sociology: SOC
- University Professor: UP 1901S , 4901S (class subjects vary; check Course Offerings for more information)
- Women’s and Gender Studies: WGS 3910
- World Religions: CLWR 4340 , 4350
The natural sciences requirement may be met by selecting 6 semester hours, excluding the major, from the following (if no courses are listed, all courses apply):
- Anthropology: ANTH 2010 , 3460 , 3550 , 4470 , 4480 , 4960
- Astronomy: ASTR
- Biological Sciences: BIOS
- Chemistry: except CHEM D015 , 1100 , 1150
- Computer Science: CS 4160
- Environmental and Plant Biology: except PBIO 2170
- Geography: GEOG 1100 , 2020 , 3010 , 3020 , 3030 , 3040 , 3050 , 3150 , 3160 , 3580 , 4060 , 4070 , 4080 , 4090 , 4110 , 4170 , 4660 , 4670 , 4712
- Geological Sciences: GEOL
- Mathematics: except MATH D005 , 1090 , 1101 , 1102 , 1200 , 1300 , 1321 , 1322 , 4100
- Physical Science: PSC
- Psychology: PSY 2110 , 2210 , 3110 , 3230
- Physics: PHYS
- University Professor: UP 1901N , 4901N (class subjects vary; check Course Offerings for more information)
*These listings must be used as the official guide for the completion of the Arts and Sciences area (distribution) requirements. Exceptions to the hour area distribution will be made only under the most unusual of circumstances and by petition only. Some courses from these categories may also be applied to the University Tier II requirements. However, the three area distributions differ in scope from the six Tier II groupings (Applied Science and Mathematics, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Fine Arts, Humanities and Literature, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences). If you wish to select a course that will apply to both area distributions and Tier II requirements, take care to choose a course that has been approved for the desired category in both the College and the University listings. (The list of courses approved for Tier II categories appears in the General Education Requirements section of the catalog.) Courses that can fulfill Tier I quantitative skills, the freshman composition requirements and the Tier III requirement do not apply to the three area distribution requirements, except for MATH 1350 and PSY 2110 .
Hours at the 200 level or above: Within the total hours applied to the degree, at least 57 semester hours of courses must be above the freshman level (numbered above 1999). These courses are listed earlier in this section under humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and include foreign languages, courses from the department major, and courses taught by faculty in the College of Fine Arts or Arts and Sciences intended to meet the junior composition or Tier III requirement.
Single Application of Credit and Exceptions
Excluding the exceptions listed below, no course may satisfy more than one of the three area distribution requirements in foreign language, humanities, social sciences, or the major requirement. For example, a theater major may not apply any courses in theater toward the humanities area distribution requirement. Courses that fulfill freshman General Education Tier I requirements or Tier III will not apply to the three area distribution requirements. Tier III-equivalent courses may fulfill both major and Tier III requirements.
- MATH 1350 , and PSY 2110 (will fulfill the Tier I quantitative requirement, as well as the natural science area distribution).
- Courses required for a major, but outside the major department (extradepartmental) will be counted toward the area distribution requirement.
- Courses required for a minor will be counted toward the area distribution requirement.
- Junior-level advanced composition courses offered by departments within the College of Fine Arts or the College of Arts and Sciences apply to the area distribution requirement except when they are required for the major.
Courses required for a second major may be used for the area distribution requirement.
Complete the following courses:
Complete the following courses:
Complete the following courses:
Complete 2 hours per semester for 4 semesters on the principal instrument for a total of 8 hours.
Students must attain junior level in performance by completing the following:
- Passing a qualifying jury at the end of the sophomore year;
- Complete two performance lab (MUS 1090) performances.
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.
Complete 4 semesters of the following course:
- 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.