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Music is vital to contemporary society, whether as commercial entertainment, political or social statement, spiritual expression, fine art, or personal pastime. The Minor in Music and Culture focuses on engendering an understanding of music in and as culture and examines music’s functions through a critical lens, using a broad repertoire that allows students to make connections between musical expression and broader political, economic, religious and social spheres.

Administered by: Department of Philosophy and Music


To receive this Minor, you must complete six (6) courses from the following curriculum:

One (1) of the following:

MUS 101 Intro to World and Early European Music
MUS 106 The Architecture of Music

Minimum of two (2), maximum three (3) of the following:

MUS 101* Intro to World and Early European Music
MUS 106* The Architecture of Music
MUS 105 Voices Without Borders: Global Chorus
MUS 201 Introduction to Classical Music
MUS 211 Music Cultures of the City
MUS 303 Global Guitar

*If not taken as the required foundation course

Minimum of two (2), maximum of three (3) courses of the following:

MUS 401 Music, Religion and Spirituality
MUS 501 Music of World Cultures
MUS 503 Social Issues in Popular Music
MUS 505 Popular Music and Culture
MUS 507 Architecture of Music II
CLD 315 Creative Arts II
PSY 701 The Psychology of Music

Please see Senate Policy 2, Section 7.4 for further information about Minors.