BA Four-Year Degree Plan: Music (General)

Bachelor of Arts in Music

A music degree at Missouri State can be completed in four years or a total of eight semesters. However, a four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring upon admission to the University.

Degree options

The music department offers a non-comprehensive Bachelor of Arts, a non-comprehensive Bachelor of Science and a comprehensive Bachelor of Music degree that can be taken with a focus in one of five areas.

Your path to graduation may vary slightly based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school, your choice to pursue music as a comprehensive Bachelor of Music, or as the non-comprehensive BA or BS, which require a minor or second major.

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

BA Four-Year Degree Plan: Music

The below schedule is only one example of a possible degree plan and is provided for informational purposes only. Meet with an advisor early to develop a degree plan that best suits your needs.

The following degree plan is based on the 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 103 Theory and Musicianship I 3
MUS 107 Recital Attendance I 0
MUS 137 Piano Class I 1
ENG 110 Writing I 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Performing Ensemble 1
BA Requirement - Fine Arts 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations
or UHC 110 Freshman Honors Seminar
2
Quantitative Literacy - General Education 3
Total hours17

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 104 Theory and Musicianship II 3
MUS 108 Recital Attendance II 0
MUS 138 Piano Class II 1
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Performing Ensemble 1
Life Sciences or Physical Sciences (no lab) - General Education 3
Writing II 3
Total hours15

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 203 Theory and Musicianship III 3
MUS 207 Recital Attendance III 0
MUS 237 Piano Class III 1
MUS 239 Introduction to World Music 3
HST 103 World History to Circa 1600 C.E. 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Performing Ensemble 1
Life Sciences or Physical Sciences (with lab) - General Education 4
Total hours16

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 208 Recital Attendance IV 0
MUS 298 Upper Division Applied Status 0
HST 104 World History since 1600 C.E. 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Performing Ensemble 1
BA Requirement - Fine Arts 3
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
Social and Behavior Sciences - General Education 3
Piano Proficiency Exam 0
Total hours17

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 307 Recital Attendance V 0
MUS 345 Music in Western Culture and Society I 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Foreign language 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877
3
Course for minor 3
Course for minor 3
Total hours16

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 346 Music in Western Culture and Society II 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
PHI 105 Critical Thinking
or PHI 115 Ethics and Contemporary Issues
3
Foreign language 3
Course for minor 3
Total hours13

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 407 Recital Attendance VII 0
Foreign language 3
Public Issues - General Education 3
Social and Behavior Sciences - General Education 3
Course for minor 3
Total hours12

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
General elective 2
Additional music electives 3
Course for minor 3
Course for minor 3
Foreign language 3
GEN 499 University Exit Examination 0
Music Assessment Exam 0
Total hours14
Degree plan last reviewed 06-20-2018.