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Music, B.A.

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.

Audition and Declaration Requirements

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. Learn more about auditions.

General Requirements

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 the first semester of the freshman year. Seven terms of recital attendance are required.

Course Sequence

See the suggested course sequence for a B.A. in Music [PDF].

Degree Requirements