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2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Worship and Music Studies, BA

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College Ministry
Academic Awards Bachelor of Arts
Credits Required 125 semester credits
Faculty Lead Brenda Rasmussen
CIP Code 39.0501

The Bachelor of Worship and Music Studies is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of music ministry. 

Bachelor of Arts in Worship and Music Studies

Graduates of this program will be competent to serve as the Minister of Music or Worship pastor in a local church, and to effectively develop and lead all aspects of a church music program.

Graduates with a degree in Worship and Music Studies will be able to:

  1. Evaluate musical genres based upon their stylistic characteristics.
  2. Create music utilizing an undergraduate proficiency level of music theory.
  3. Translate notes into sound, and sound into notes utilizing their training.
  4. Integrate the study of music and the Christian faith.
  5. Design an effective plan to serve the musical needs of the church.

Core Curriculum Requirements: 60

Humanities: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions    for applicability)

  • ENGL xxx3 Any Literature course 3 credits
  • HIST   xxx3 Any Course in History 3 credits
  • 3 additional credits selected from the following 3 credits

Art (ARTE), Bible (BIBL), Drama (DRAM), English (ENGL), History (HIST), Language (LANG), Music (MUSI), or Theology (THEO)

Social Sciences: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions  for applicability)

  • Select a minimum of two disciplines from the following: 9 credits

Business Administration (BUSM), Communication (except COMM 1213), Economics, Education (EDUC), Geography (GEOG), Health & Fitness (PEDU), Information Technology (INTC), Management (BMGT), Marketing (BMKT), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSYC), Sociology/Anthropology (SOCI), or User Experience Design (UXDE)

Science and Mathematics: 7

  • MATH xxxx - College-level Mathematics 3 credits
  • SCIE xxxx - Science course with Lab 4 credits

Formation and Calling: 6

Core Electives: 8

Select any college-level courses

Pre-Major Requirements: 0-2

Pre-Major requirements may be applied to the Core Curriculum electives or General electives requirements.

  • Piano Proficiency 0-2 credits

All music majors must demonstrate a basic level of proficiency on the piano. Students may demonstrate proficiency by passing a piano proficiency exam administered by the piano faculty, or by successfully completing two credits of applied piano lessons (MUPL 1211).

Worship and Music Studies Major: 55

Music Core: 15-18

Applied Music Requirements: 12

Ensemble Requirements: 8

It is anticipated that one ensemble will be taken each enrolled semester.

Select 8 credits from the following:

Private Music Lessons: 4

Students may take (MUPL) applied lessons on one - three instruments

  • MUPL xxxx Private Music Lessons 4 credits

Worship Ministry Requirements: 22

Biblical and Theological reflection: 6

Select 6 credits from the following:

General Electives: 10-13

Any college-level courses

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