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Bachelor of Arts in Music - Elective Studies in Pre-Law Option

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Bachelor of Arts in Music - Elective Studies in Pre-Law Option (120 Credits)

The Bachelor of Arts in Music, Elective Studies in Pre-Law option is designed to provide students with the opportunity to pursue a music degree while also preparing for possible admission to law school. In collaboration with the Pre-Law Resource Center, this degree plan offers suggestions for UCORE and non-music electives that develop critical reading, writing, research, and communication skills, along with attaining some background and knowledge of the law.

To be admitted as a major pursuing any degree in music, students must meet the following criteria:
Completion of 24 credits; cumulative GPA of 2.0; completion of 10 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a grade of C or better in those courses selected: MUS 151, 181, 182, 251, 252, 253, 254, and up to four credits of applied study; approval of the appropriate applied study area coordinator; [approval requires two semesters' study as specified by each area: Brass, Woodwind, Strings, Percussion, and Keyboard at 300 level with grade of B- or better, and Voice at 200 level with grade of B- or better]; completion of application available from department.

This four-year program is designed to meet the needs of students pursuing a broad liberal arts background with a major in music. Of the total 120 credits required for a degree in this program, 50 credits are in music and 70 credits are devoted to courses outside music, including the University Common Requirements (UCOREs). Non-music courses other than those used for the UCOREs must be at the 200-level or above. 40 credits of the 120 required for the degree must be 300-400 level. Other requirements include: achieve a cumulative 2.5 GPA and a grade of C or better in all music classes; senior qualifying exam; piano proficiency exam or grade of C or better in MUS 182.

Only 9 credits of MUS courses can be used to fulfill UCORE requirements.
First Year
First TermCredits
Applied MUS12
MUS 1641
MUS 18120 or 1
MUS 25133
MUS 25231
MUS Ensemble41
PHIL 201 [QUAN] or Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Second TermCredits
Applied MUS12
Equity and Justice [EQJS]53
MUS 18220 or 1
MUS 25363
MUS 25461
MUS Ensemble41
Second Year
First TermCredits
Applied MUS12
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab74
MUS 2413
MUS 35133
MUS 35231
MUS Ensemble41
Second TermCredits
Applied MUS12
MUS 2422
MUS 35363
MUS 35461
MUS 359 [HUM] [M]63
MUS Ensemble41
Social Science [SSCI]83
Complete Writing Portfolio
Pass Piano Proficiency
Third Year
First TermCredits
Foreign Language or Non-MUS Electives95
MUS 36033
MUS Ensemble41
PHIL 1033
Physical Science [PSCI] with lab74
SOC 361 [DIVR], ECONS 428 [DIVR], or Diversity [DIVR] (Non-MUS)3
Second TermCredits
ENGLISH 201 [WRTG], PHIL 200 [WRTG], Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
Foreign Language or Non-MUS Electives97
MUS 461 [CAPS]63
MUS Ensemble41
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
300-400-level MUS Electives4
Non-MUS Electives911
Senior Qualifying Exam
Second TermCredits
300-400-level MUS Electives6
Non-MUS Electives910

1Applied MUS (8 credits required): Approved courses include MUS 301-318, 320, 401-418, and 420.
2Class piano credits not required in degree. Students must either take the listed class piano sequence or pass the piano proficiency exam and take an additional 2 credits of MUS electives.
3Fall only.
4Music Ensemble: 6 ensemble credits required on the student’s major instrument (MUS 428-444) with at least 4 credits from MUS 429, 430, 431, 432, 434, 435 (guitar ensemble only), 436, 437, 438 or 441. 3 credits taken from ensemble courses designated as ARTS fulfill the [ARTS] UCORE requirement.
5CRM J 205 [EQJS], SOC 340 [EQJS], or POLS 438 [EQJS] recommended.
6Spring only.
7To meet University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements, students must take a [BSCI] course with lab and [PSCI] course with lab.
8CRM J 101 [SSCI], SOC 101 [SSCI], ECONS 101 [SSCI], or POL S 101[ SSCI] recommended.
9Students must complete a minimum of 33 credits of 200-level or above electives outside of MUS and UCORE requirements. Please consult with advisor and Pre-Law Resource Center for elective selection.

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