Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Bachelor of Arts — Creative, inquisitive and unique. Have you ever questioned how music functions, communicates, and shapes our social and cultural world? The BA in Music program allows students to follow their interests and curiosities through a range of courses combining critical thinking and personal expression. We offer courses that teach you how to listen in new ways, to consider how music can be an object of study across traditions and cultures, and how technologies shape our experience of music both in the past and present. You can explore these topics through writing essays, performing in ensembles, composing, and much more. The BA in Music offers outreach courses and study abroad programs, and no previous formal training is required to be a BA student.

Bachelor of Arts - Honors in Music

This is a four-year program that allows students to study music in a way that emphasizes academic excellence. The degree is ideal preparation for students considering graduate study in musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, and popular music studies. Like the BA in Music, the Honors degree allows students to pursue their own individual interests and extends this work into a Honors thesis or research creation project.

Admission into the first year of a B.A. Honors program is dependent upon a high matriculation average. Entrance into the Honors in Music program normally takes place at the end of the first year but students can also enter at an earlier or later date depending on the circumstances and if they have the required courses and GPA.

To be eligible to continue in this program route, students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 with an average of 3.3 in music courses. For more information please visit the University Calendar.

Bachelor of Arts - Major or Minor in Music

The Bachelor of Arts is a four-year program that allows for greater flexibility for enrollment in courses across the faculty of Arts while pursuing a focus on music. A student can choose to complete a Major or Minor in Music, which allows one to obtain a broad-based musical education that can be complemented with other arts disciplines or combined with parallel studies such as our World Sound Arts Certificate program.

Bachelor of Arts in Music students have the option of pursuing a double major, with a major subject in music and another major subject across Arts. Or, a music major can select a minor across Arts and Science. Minors in music can select a major across Arts or Sciences.

For information on the Bachelor of Arts programs and course requirements, please visit the University Calendar.