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2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Worship and Music Studies, BA

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College Arts and Sciences
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 Music

The general Music degree prepares students broadly in the field of music. Music as a discipline encourages the development of analytic skills, and the ability to create through the synthesis of theory and technique. These skills will apply to a variety of occupations, depending on the creativity of the graduate. Graduates will be prepared to enter graduate programs in musicology, sacred music, and others, or to apply their musical skill and knowledge in a variety of professional settings.

Graduates with a degree in Music 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.

Bachelor of Arts in Music Ministry

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.

In addition to the outcomes for the BA in Music, graduates with a degree in Music Ministry will be able to:

  1. 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:
    Business Administration (BUSM), Communication (except COMM 1213), Economics, Education (EDUC), Geography (GEOG), Health & Fitness (PEDU), Management (BMGT), Marketing (BMKT), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSYC), or Sociology/Anthropology (SOCI)

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

Any college-level courses.

Worship and Music Studies majors are strongly urged to include Music (MUSI), Applied Music (MUAP), or Audio Recording (MUAR) courses as the chosen electives.

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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