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2009-2010 University Catalog 
2009-2010 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music – Minor

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The minor in music allows students who have an interest in music to deepen their knowledge and ability in this discipline while attending USP. The arts foster a creative and critical way of thinking. Thus, the music minor is a logical option for a science-rich curriculum.

Recent history has produced scientists such as Einstein, Helmholtz, Dewar, and Apgar who were also musicians and/or musical instrument makers. Conversely, the famous composers Berlioz, Borodin, and Elgar had simultaneous careers in the sciences. The duality of these great achievers illustrates how a music and science- or math-based education can lead to success.

A science major with a minor in any humanities discipline shows prospective employers and graduate school admissions personnel a well-rounded and intellectually flexible candidate. Additionally, the USP minor in music provides the student musician with a solid base of knowledge that can be expanded easily by the student in future study.


Interested students should apply to the minor program early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work. A student must have a 2.00 GPA or higher and must have the approval of his/her advisor in order to apply for the program.

Requirements (18 credit hours)

Required Courses

  • Music Theory I Credits: 3
  • Introductory or Intermediate Piano (as appropriate) Credits: 3
  • Music History I or II Credits: 3
  • Ensemble/Chorus Credits: 3
    Only 3 credits of Ensemble/Chorus may be applied to the total minor requirement.

Additional Courses May Include

  • Music History I or II Credits: 3
  • World Music Credits: 3
  • The Blues Credits: 3
  • Intermediate Piano Credits: 3
  • Independent Study Credits: may vary

Additional Information

Independent studies may include music history research, integrated science and music projects, and recitals. Independent studies and HU 340 courses must be approved by the minor advisor.

Transferred credits must be approved by the department chair. A maximum of six credits may be transferred from another institution. A minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum.

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