May 18, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music (BA)

Federal CIP: 50.0901 Music, General

The BA in Music, a general degree, provides the student with a foundation in musical studies while giving elective opportunity for study in a secondary area which often integrates with music, e.g. business or computers. Although an applied performance degree is not offered at Southern Wesleyan University, some BA in Music majors concentrate in performance by taking additional hours in applied areas of study, particularly in their freshman and sophomore years.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of every music major’s course of study, competence must be demonstrated in a knowledge and/or realization of performance, musicianship, composition, improvisation, music history, repertory, music technology, conducting, orchestration, instrumental methods, and analytical techniques. The student will synthesize many of the concepts studied in these subject areas in preparation for a culminating event, the senior recital.

For a church music major, the student must demonstrate competency during a semester of practical experience in a local church setting. Such competencies will include a knowledge and/or realization of hymnology, Christian worship, principles of planning, leadership and administration.


Major Courses

Completion of major courses requires a minimum grade of C-.

Instrumentalist Requirements

Student should choose two courses from the following.

Vocalist Requirements


In addition to core curriculum (40-44 credit hours) and major course requirements, students must complete elective coursework appropriate to their degree. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the Bachelor of Arts in Music, including elective coursework. Students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisor to identify courses that complement their program area. 


Core Curriculum  Requirements 40-44 hrs.

Major Requirements 56 hrs.

Electives 23-27 hrs.

Total: 120 hrs.