Declaring a Major/Minor

All students are required to declare a major field of study by their third semester credit standing. To stay on track for graduation, it is strongly advised that the declaration of major paperwork be submitted prior to your assigned online registration time during your second semester.

To begin the process of declaring or changing a major or minor, take the following steps:

  1. Download the Declaration/Change of Major/Minor form.
  2. Complete the form at the departmental office of the appropriate major or minor (performance majors begin with their instrumental department).
  3. Submit the form to the Office of the Registrar by the end of check-in week, which is the Friday before the start of classes. If approved, the declaration of major will be effective for that semester. Forms received after the deadline will be effective, if approved, for the following semester. 

Visit the departments for more definitive declaration instructions since some majors have an earlier declaration deadline and specific requirements for declaration. More information on declaring, changing, or dropping your major/minor can be found on pages 18–20 in the Academic Policies section of the 2019–2020 Policy Handbook for Students.

Not Sure Which Major to Declare?

Following is a list of majors and suggested entry courses. The entry courses provide an overview of the respective majors and begin to build a foundation for courses that follow in the major.

Note: Some of these courses have prerequisites. Be sure to check the course description for details.

MAJOR Course Number Course Title

Contemporary Writing and Production

AR-112

Arranging 2

Contemporary Writing and Production

LMSC-208

Principles of Musical Acoustics

Contemporary Writing and Production

ISKB-211

Basic Keyboard 1 (not required for piano principals)

Composition

CM-211

Tonal Harmony and Composition 1

Composition

CP-210

The Art of Counterpoint

Composition

CM-103

The Composer’s Toolkit: Shaping Sound in Time

Composition

CM-357

Introduction to Electroacoustic Music for Composers

Composition

ISKB-211

Basic Keyboard 1 (not required for piano principals)

Electronic Production and Design

EP-210

Survey of Electroacoustic Music

Electronic Production and Design

EP-225

Control Systems in Electronic Production

Electronic Production and Design

EP-250

Electronics in the Soundtrack

Electronic Production and Design

LMSC-208
OR
LMSC-209

Principles of Music Acoustics

Applications of Music Acoustics

Film Scoring

CM-211

Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 (required in second semester)

Film Scoring

CP-210

The Art of Counterpoint

Film Scoring

FS-221

Introduction to Film Scoring

Film Scoring

ISKB-211

Basic Keyboard 1 (not required for piano principals)

Jazz Composition

AR-112

Arranging 2

Jazz Composition

AR-228

Survey of Jazz Composition and Arranging

Jazz Composition

ISKB-211

Basic Keyboard 1 (not required for piano principals)

Music Business/Management

MB-101

Introduction to the Music Business

Music Business/Management

MB-131

Taxation in the Music Business

Music Business/Management

MB-201

Principles of Business Management

Music Business/Management

MB-205

The Business of Flamenco Music

Music Business/Management

MB-211

Legal Aspects of the Music Industry

Music Business/Management

MB-287

Business Communication

Music Business/Management

LMSC-130

Concepts of Mathematics

Music Business/Management

LSOC-225

Principles of Economics

Music Business/Management

LMSC-251

Data Management and Statistics

Music Education

ME-111

Introduction to Music Education

Music Education

ME-152

Computer Applications for Music Education (highly recommended)

Music Production and Engineering

MP-110

Introduction to Music Production and Engineering

Music Production and Engineering

MP-113

Accelerated Pro Tools

Music Production and Engineering

MP-114

Critical Listening Lab for Musicians

Music Production and Engineering

MP-115

Production Analysis Lab for Musicians

Music Production and Engineering

LMSC-208
OR
LMSC-209

Principles of Musical Acoustics
Applications of Music Acoustics (required in second semester)

Music Production and Engineering

MP-210

Principles of Independent Record Production (intended for non-MPE majors)

Music Production and Engineering

MP-310

Sound Reinforcement for Musicians (intended for non-MPE majors)

Music Therapy

MTH-201

Introduction to International Music Therapy

Music Therapy

LSOC-211

General Psychology

Music Therapy

ISGT-231

Guitar Class for Music Therapists 1

Music Therapy

ISPC-231

Percussion for Music Therapy

Music Therapy

ILVC-210

Elements of Vocal Technique for Non-Voice Principals (not required for voice principals)

Music Therapy

MTH-311

Psychology of Music

Performance

PFSS-XXX

Approved Styles Survey (The course code is determined by your principal instrument; see Major Grid.)

Performance

PSXX-XXX

Performance Studies

Professional Music

 

Does not have a special entry course; see department advisor in the Professional Music Department

Songwriting

SW-111

Essentials of Songwriting

Songwriting

SW-211

Songwriting 1

Songwriting

SW-221

Lyric Writing 1

Songwriting

ISKB-211

Basic Keyboard 1 (not required for piano principals)