Music, BA

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2018-2019. Learn more about University Academic Regulation 3.1.

Minimum Overall Grade Point Average: 2.00
Total Hours: 120

General Education Requirements
English Composition
See Academic Regulation 3.5
ENGL 1113Composition I3
or ENGL 1313 Critical Analysis and Writing I
Select one of the following:3
Composition II
Critical Analysis and Writing II
Technical Writing
American History & Government
HIST 1103Survey of American History3
POLS 1113American Government3
Analytical & Quantitative Thought (A)
MATH or STAT course designated (A)3
Humanities (H)
MUSI 3753History of Music to 1600 (H) 13
Courses designated (H)3
Natural Sciences (N)
Must include one Laboratory Science (L) course
Course designated (N)6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (S)
Course designated (S)3
Additional General Education
Courses designated (A), (H), (N), or (S)10
Hours Subtotal40
Diversity (D) & International Dimension (I)
May be completed in any part of the degree plan
Select at least one Diversity (D) course
Select at least one International Dimension (I) course
College/Departmental Requirements
First Year Seminar
(Transfer students with 15 hours exempt)1
Arts & Humanities
See note 2.a.9
Natural & Mathematical Sciences
See note 2.b.3
Foreign Language
See note 39
Non-Western Studies
At least one course
(See note 2.d.)
Upper-Division General Education
Select 6 hours outside major department
See note 2.c.
Hours Subtotal22
Major Requirements
Minimum 2.50 GPA in all Music courses with minimum grade of “C” in each course
MUSI 1531Sight Singing and Aural Skills1
MUSI 1532Theory of Music I2
MUSI 1541Sight Singing and Aural Skills II1
MUSI 1542Theory of Music II2
MUSI 2551Sight Singing and Aural Skills III1
MUSI 2552Theory of Music III2
MUSI 2561Sight Singing and Aural Skills IV1
MUSI 2562Theory of Music IV2
Select 4 hours of lower-division Applied Major Music Lessons4
Major Organ
and Major Organ (or)
Major Piano
and Major Piano (or)
Major Voice
and Major Voice (or)
Major Violin
and Major Violin (or)
Major Viola
and Major Viola (or)
Major Cello
and Major Cello (or)
Major Double Bass
and Major Double Bass (or)
Major Flute
and Major Flute (or)
Major Oboe
and Major Oboe (or)
Major Clarinet
and Major Clarinet (or)
Major Saxophone
and Major Saxophone (or)
Major Bassoon
and Major Bassoon (or)
Major Trumpet
and Major Trumpet (or)
Major French Horn
and Major French Horn (or)
Major Trombone
and Major Trombone (or)
Major Euphonium
and Major Euphonium (or)
Major Tuba
and Major Tuba (or)
Major Percussion
and Major Percussion
Select 2 hours of Applied Minor Music Lessons from:2
Piano Class Lessons
Piano Class Lessons
Piano Class Lessons
Secondary Piano
Secondary Piano
Elective Piano
Elective Piano
Elective Organ
Elective Organ
Secondary Voice
Secondary Voice
Elective Voice
Elective Voice
Select 4 hours of Music Organization of the following:4
University Bands I
Symphony Orchestra I
University Choral Ensembles I
MUSI 3582Survey of World Musics2
MUSI 3763History of Music from 1600-18003
MUSI 3783Form And Analysis3
MUSI 3873History of Music from 1800-Present3
Select 4 hours of upper-division Applied Major Music Lessons (to include at least 1 hour at the 4000 level)4
Major Piano
and Major Piano (or)
Major Voice
and Major Voice (or)
Major Violin
and Major Violin (or)
Major Viola
and Major Viola (or)
Major Cello
and Major Cello (or)
Major Double Bass
and Major Double Bass (or)
Major Flute
and Major Flute (or)
Major Oboe
and Major Oboe (or)
Major Clarinet
and Major Clarinet (or)
Major Saxophone
and Major Saxophone (or)
Major Bassoon
and Major Bassoon (or)
Major Trumpet
and Major Trumpet (or)
Major French Horn
and Major French Horn (or)
Major Trombone
and Major Trombone (or)
Major Euphonium
and Major Euphonium (or)
Major Tuba
and Major Tuba (or)
Major Percussion
and Major Percussion (or)
Select 2 hours of the following:2
Basic Conducting
Orchestration and Arranging
Post Tonal Analysis
Select one of the following majors:2
Instrumental and Voice Majors:
Select 2 hours of upper-division large ensemble of the following:
University Bands II
Symphony Orchestra II
University Choral Ensembles II
Keyboard Majors:
Collaborative Piano I
Collaborative Piano II
Hours Subtotal41
Electives
Select 17 hours17
All electives plus 5 hours general education or college requirements, in addition to MUSI 3753, may need to be upper-division and must include 6 hours upper-division general education outside major department. (see note 2.c.)
4 hours need to be liberal arts or liberal science from ART, ASL, BIOL, CHEM, CS, ENGL, FLL, FREN, GEOG, GEOL, GREK, GRMN, HIST, LATN, MATH, MICR, PBIO, PHIL, PHYS, POLS, PSYC, RUSS, SOC, SPAN, SPCH, STAT, TH.
Hours Subtotal17
Total Hours120

All Music Majors must successfully complete an entrance audition, upper-division theory examination, keyboard proficiency examination, and six semesters of MUSI 0500 Student Recital Attendance.

Other Requirements

  • See the College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.

  • Upper-Division Credit: Total hours must include at least 40 hours in courses numbered 3000 or above.

  • Hours in One Department: Hours in one department in excess of 54 will be added to the minimum total of 120 required for graduation.

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  1. General Education Requirements
    No more than two courses (or eight hours) from the major department may be used to meet General Education and College and Departmental Requirements. The General Education required English Composition, required U.S. History, required American Government, one required MATH or STAT course, and required foreign language for B.A. degrees do not count against the two-course maximum.
  2. A&S College/Departmental Requirements
    1. Arts and Humanities are defined as any course carrying an (H) designation or courses from AMST, ART, DANC, ENGL (except ENGL 3323 Technical Writing) HIST, MUSI, PHIL (except PHIL 1313 Logic and Critical Thinking (A), PHIL 3003 Symbolic Logic (A) and PHIL 4003 Mathematical Logic and Computability), REL, TH, and foreign languages.
    2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences are defined as any course from the following prefixes: ASTR, BIOC, BIOL, CHEM, CS (except CS 4883 Social Issues in Computing), GEOL, MATH, MICR, PBIO, PHYS, and STAT; or courses from other departments that carry an (A) or (N) general education designation.
    3. The required six hours of upper-division General Education may not include courses from the student’s major department. This requirement may be satisfied by courses also used to satisfy any part of a student’s degree program (i.e., in General Education, College Departmental Requirements, Major Requirements or Electives).
    4. Non-Western Studies Requirement for B.A. and B.F.A.; One 3-hour course in Non-Western Studies (N.W.). This requirement may be satisfied by courses also used to satisfy any part of a student's degree program (i.e., in General Education, College Departmental Requirements, Major Requirements or Electives).
    5. The College of Arts & Sciences requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in all major requirements and a minimum 2.0 GPA in all major-prefix courses.
  3. Foreign Language Proficiency
    1. The foreign language requirement for the B.A. may be satisfied by 9 hours college credit in the same language, which must include 3 hours at the 2000-level, or equivalent proficiency (e.g., passing an advanced standing examination; TOEFL exam; presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates the high school was primarily conducted in a language other than English; etc.). Computer Science courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement. Currently Arabic and Mvskoke are not offered at the 2000-level at OSU.
    2. The foreign language requirement for the B.S., B.M. and B.F.A. may be satisfied by presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates two years of study of a single foreign language (passing grades at second-year level of study). It may also be satisfied by 6 hours college credit in the same language, which must include language courses 1713 and 1813, or equivalent proficiency (e.g., passing an advanced standing examination; TOEFL exam; presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates the high school was primarily conducted in a language other than English; etc.). Computer Science courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
    3. In addition to a. and b., students pursuing teacher certification must meet novice-high foreign language proficiency by presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates two years of study of a single foreign language with no grade below B. Or, students may complete 3 hours college credit in a single language with no grade below C (or pass an advanced standing examination, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam, or Oral Proficiency Interview developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, equivalent to 3 hours of college credit.) Or, students may meet the requirement by transfer of documentation of meeting the foreign language competency from one of the teacher education programs in the State of Oklahoma approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
  4. Exclusions
    1. Courses used to satisfy the General Education English Composition, U.S. History, American Government, and Mathematics or Statistics requirements will not count toward the 54-hour maximum allowed from one department.
    2. Courses with ATHL or LEIS prefixes and leisure activity courses may not be used for degree credit.
  5. Teacher Certification
    Students can satisfy the requirements for secondary schools teaching certification while earning a B.A. or B.S. in the College of Arts & Sciences. Those interested should see their Arts and Sciences advisor and the OSU Professional Education Unit in room 325 Willard.

Additional State/OSU Requirements

  • At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 or 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU.
  • Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; 8 transfer correspondence hours.
  • Students will be held responsible for degree requirements in effect at the time of matriculation and any changes that are made, so long as these changes do not result in semester credit hours being added or do not delay graduation.
  • Degrees that follow this plan must be completed by the end of Summer 2024.