If you're looking for a greater balance between the liberal arts and music, the Bachelor of Arts degree in music gives you the flexibility to take a significant number of elective courses. In fact, only about one third of your coursework will be done in the music department so the B.A offers attractive double major or major/minor possibilities. Students seeking a B.A. in Music are classified as music majors and eligible for music major scholarship consideration. Furman students intending to major in music must perform an audition and complete a music theory placement examination. Final approval for a music degree takes place during your sophomore year.

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A student may choose music as a major toward the Bachelor of Arts degree. (Course sequence guidelines are included as an appendix.) A Bachelor of Arts in Music major will complete the core courses plus a two-credit music elective chosen from the music courses numbered in the 300 or 400 levels; and one of the following: Philosophy 275, or four credits of study in any combination from Theater or Art.

Core courses:

  • Basic Musicianship I (MUS-111)
  • Basic Musicianship II (MUS-112)
  • Introduction to Music Literature (MUS-120)
  • Basic Musicianship III (MUS-211)
  • Basic Musicianship IV (MUS-212)
  • World Music I (MUS-220)
  • Music History I (MUS-221)
  • Music History II (MUS-320)
  • Music History III (MUS-321)
  • Basic Conducting (MUS-352)
  • Two credits of performance topics
  • Recital Attendance for seven semesters (MUS-050)
  • Freshman Music Colloquium for one semester (MUS-051)
  • Membership in at least one ensemble: Symphony orchestra (MUS-060), Furman band (MUS-061), Furman Singers (MUS-062), Furman men's chorale (MUS-063), Furman women's chorale (MUS-064), or Guitar Ensemble (MUS-076).

In addition, candidates for the B.A. in Music will complete a two-credit Performance Topics course, normally in the freshman year, in the area of the student’s primary performance instrument. Candidates for the B.A. degree will complete a minimum of 8 credit hours of performance studies. Normally these credits are taken in the same instrument or voice; however, students demonstrating proficiency in more than one performance studies medium may petition the faculty for permission to complete this requirement through the study of more than one instrument. Beyond the minimum course requirements, there is no limit on courses or credits of electives in music. Participation in a large ensemble is required for eight semesters, beginning with first semester of the freshman year. Seven terms of recital attendance is required (MUS 050).

Course sequence

To view a detailed four year course sequence, open the PDF document Music Handbook and scroll to page 37.
Updated September 2015.

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