Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
    May 26, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

B.A. Music emphasis Music History degree plan

Music, Music History, B.A.

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The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is a broad-based interdisciplinary program which combines music studies with those of other disciplines. In addition to a well-developed program of general studies, students have the opportunity to explore diverse music options through several emphasis areas: General Music, Music History, Theory/Composition, and Worship Studies.

Requirements for Major in Music (Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts Degrees):

All students desiring acceptance and admission into the School of Music degree program as a major or a minor must meet the following requirements:

  • Successful admission into Wayland Baptist University.
  • Completion of an audition revealing the possession of sufficient skills in one’s musical performance medium to be successful in university music study.
  • Students may receive Probationary Acceptance. In this case, all requirements must be successfully completed no later than the end of the second semester of study in order to earn Full Acceptance into the music program as a major or minor.

No course grades below C or 70% will count in the major degree programs in the School of Music. This includes all classroom, ensemble, and private study courses. The degree programs affected are Bachelor of Music-Music Education, Bachelor of Music-Performance, and Bachelor of Arts-Music. If a student earns grades below 70% in any course required in the major, the student will be required to repeat that course until they receive 70% or higher.

Unless clinical teaching, all music majors must enroll in a major ensemble appropriate to their applied concentration every semester until graduation. Any request for an exception to current ensemble policies must be submitted in writing and approved by the Dean in consultation with the appropriate applied teacher, ensemble director, and area director.

Wayland School of Music Major Ensembles:

  • Wayland International Choir
  • Pioneer Marching Band
  • Wayland Symphonic Band
  • Wayland Singers Chorus
  • Chamber Orchestra

University General Education Core Curriculum - 44 hrs

The University General Education Core Curriculum is applied to all degrees at Wayland Baptist University with the exception of the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) and the Bachelor of Christian Ministry (B.C.M.) degrees. The full general education core curriculum for these degrees can be found in the degree specific general education core curriculum section.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 15-16 hrs

The Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) is a minimum 124-semester hour degree. A minimum of 42 semester hours must be upper-level credit (courses numbered 3000 and above). Major and minor fields of study included in the degree also have upper-level requirements. As these may vary depending on the discipline selected, specific requirements are included in the subject field sections of the catalog. Because of the nature of the degree, it includes additional study in the fine arts and in foreign language. In addition to the University Core Curriculum, students must complete the following degree specific general education core requirements for the B.A. degree:

Academic Major and Minor

The B.A. degree is designed primarily for students desiring to study in the arts, the humanities, or the social sciences. Major fields of study approved for the B.A. degree are listed in the Academic Program Profile table following the degree requirement section of the catalog. In the majority of instances, the major requires the completion of 30 semester hours. Specific semester hours as well as course requirements are included in that section of the catalog dedicated to the discipline selected.

Students pursuing the B.A. degree must select a minor or second major from any discipline identified by the university as an approved minor or major field. The typical minor consists of 18 semester hours. Specific semester hours as well as course requirements for the majors and minors are included in that section of the catalog dedicated to the discipline selected. A complete list of minors is included in the Academic Program Profile.


Students may complete the minimum 124 semester hours required for the degree with courses which complement or extend career preparation or pursue subject fields which hold special appeal. However, before using elective semester hours, students should check with their advisor to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level semester hour requirements for graduation are being met.

Music History - 27 hrs

  • 0 hrs
  • 8 semesters of applied music - (8 semester credit hours)
    Students must complete at least 6 semesters of applied lessons in the primary applied area (1105, 1106, 2105, 2106, 3105, and 3106). Students may select up to 2 semesters of applied lessons in a secondary area (1105, 1106). Students selecting the MUSI 4003 - Senior Recital  degree option must complete 8 semesters of study in the primary applied area (1105, 1106, 2105, 2106, 3105, 3106, 4105, and 4106).
  • Ensembles - eight semesters of participation in at least one major ensemble each semester
  • 3 hrs
  • 0 hrs


Recommended minors:

Art, English, Film, German, Chinese, History, Philosophy, Political Science

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