Sep 24, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Worship and Music Studies, BA

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College Ministry
Academic Awards Bachelor of Arts
Credits Required 122 semester credits
Faculty Lead Dave Pedde
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 ear 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: 57

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), Exercise Science (EXSC), Geography (GEOG), 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: 3

Professional Readiness: 2

Two Core Curriculum elective credits are required to be Career Readiness credits. These credits can be earned by taking a combination of Career Readiness Courses and introductory internship and/or job shadowing experiences. 

  • This two-credit requirement is waived for students who transfer 57 or more credits to NU
  • Students with 44-56 transfer credits are required to take one Career Readiness credit

Core Electives: 6

Select any college-level courses

Worship and Music Studies Major: 48-56

Music Core: 15-19

Applied Music Requirements: 8-12

Ensemble Requirements: 4-8

Students are required to participate in at least one ensemble each semester. (Transfer students will consult with advisor.) 

Select 4-8 credits from the following:

Private Music Lessons: 4

Students may take (MUPL) applied lessons on one - three instruments. See Course Descriptions  for applicability

  • MUPL x21x Any level Piano Instruction 2 credits
  • MUPL xxxx Private Music Lessons 4 credits


Ministry Requirements: 25

General Electives: 9-17

Any college-level courses

Total: 122 Semester Credits

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