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Degree Requirements

Music Major with a Specialization in Music and Culture
(14.5 semester course credits)

The student, in consultation with her advisor, completes the core requirements listed below (7.5 credits) in addition to these requirements (7.0 credits) for the music major with a specialization in music and culture.

Select three courses from the following:

MUS 014 Musics of the World: The Pacific, Asia, and India (1) or
MUS 015 Musics of the World: Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Americas (1)

MUS 116 Women in Creative Music (1)

MUS 117 History of European Music to 1750 (1)

MUS 120 American Music (1)

MUS 141 The Music of India (1)

MUS 163 The World of Opera (1)

MUS 170 African-American Music: The Meaning and the Message (1)

LET 111 Theorizing Cultural Studies in the Americas (1)

SOC 146 Sociology of Hip Hop (1)

Individual instruction in performance (.5) to include one semester of:

MUS 128 Gamelan Ensemble (.25) and/or
MUS 129 African Drumming (.25)
May include individual instruction and/or any listed ensemble in the Music Department.

One semester of language, either at Mills, or through cross-registration at a participating institution (1).

For those interested in pursuing graduate studies in musicology, German or French are strongly recommended; for those wishing to pursue ethnomusicology, a language pertinent to the student’s interests is advisable (such as Chinese, Spanish, Hindi, or Arabic).

MUS 137 Seminar in Music Literature and Criticism (1)

And, in consultation with the major advisor, select an upper-division elective from among courses in related disciplines (Anthropology, Art History, Ethnic Studies, History, Letters Division, Literary and Cultural Studies* see list below) (1)

MUS 160 Practicum, taken in the senior year. A senior thesis should be completed in conjunction with the practicum (.5).

Note: a related course offered at Mills or through cross-registration (such as an ethnomusicology course at a participating institution) may be substituted for an upper-division credit earned from taking an elective course in a related discipline.

Note: Students planning graduate study in ethno/musicology are strongly advised to take at least a year of foreign language study.

Core Requirements

Undergraduate core (7.5 credits):

MUS 001 Exploring Music: Performance, Creation, and Cultural Practice (1)

MUS 003 Musicianship (Levels II, III, and IV) (1.5)

MUS 005 Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint I (1)

MUS 006 Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint II (1)

MUS 056 Musical Form: Listening and Analysis (1)

MUS 101 20th-Century Styles and Techniques I: 1900–1945 (1) or
MUS 102 20th-Century Styles and Techniques II: 1945 to the Present (1)

MUS 118 Classic and Romantic Music (1)

Upper Division Elective in Related Disciplines

*Courses such as:

ANTH 158 Cultural Anthropology (1)

ARTH 181 The Art of Mughal India (1)

ARTH 137 Art of the 20th Century (1)

ARTH 122 Art in Venice between East and West (1)

ARTH 186 Japanese Painting and Prints (1)

ETHS 114 African Diasporic Representations in Film (1)

FREN 170 Orientalism in the Novel (1)

FREN 155 The Enlightenment (1)

HIST 100 Europe in the Middle Ages (1)

HIST 102 The Italian Renaissance (1)

HIST 104 Early Modern Europe (1)

HIST 125 France: From the 1789 Revolution to the Present (1)

HIST 127 Germany and Central Europe: From the Beginnings to the European Union (1)

HIST 129 Spain: From the Golden Age to the Present (1)

HIST 154 Modern China (1)

LET 149 Post-Colonial Conditions: Contemporary Women's Writings from Africa (1)

LET 150 Women Writers and Film Directors from India and the South Asian Diaspora (1)

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