The Bachelor of Music degree with Elective Studies in an Outside Field provides comprehensive music training with focused study in a separate discipline. This degree assists the student in integrating interests beyond music and encourages the development of breadth and diversity in the arts and in the complementary discipline. The following elective fields are available:

  • Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Business
  • Christian Formation and Ministry
  • English
  • Media
  • Philosophy
  • Pre-Health Studies
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Psychology
  • Theater
  • Third World Studies
  • Urban Studies
  • Alternate Field

Students are required to complete the General Education requirements  (normally 32 hours) and all Graduation Requirements.  Total hours required for degree: 124 hours minimum.
In order to meet all major requirements, hours needed may exceed 124.

Music Theory & Composition (MUTC)15
Music Theory 1-4
MUTC 151Music Theory I3
MUTC 171Music Theory II3
MUTC 241Music Theory III2
MUTC 261Music Theory IV3
Aural Skills 1-4
MUTC 152Aural Skills I1
MUTC 172Aural Skills II1
MUTC 252Aural Skills III1
MUTC 272Aural Skills IV1
Context Studies (MUCS)16-18
MUCS 261Music Before 16002
MUCS 262Baroque and Classical Music Eras4
MUCS 263Nineteenth-Century Music2
MUCS 274World Music4
MUCS 361Twentieth-Century Music4
MUCS 494Senior Capstone2
Methods Studies (MUMS)5-7
MUMS 115Intro to Music Studies2
MUMS 248
MUMS 346
Basic Conducting
and Conducting Lab
3
MUMS 473Elementary School Music (Christian Education Field only)2
Individual Performance (MUIP)20
Select 16 credits from MUIP 201 - MUIP 422 in Primary Instrument 116
Select 4 credits of electives from MUIP 101 - MUIP 122, MUIP 201 - MUIP 422 14
Ensemble Performance (MUEP)6
MUEP 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218 (Large Ensemble, 8 semesters; see footnote for Third World Studies, Urban Studies, and Theater) 24
MUEP 356, 357, 358, 371 (Chamber Music)2
Music Electives
Select any music course(s) other than MUCS 101, 102, 103 or MUTC 101 3Varies
Recital and Concert Attendance (MUEP)
MUEP 219Recital & Concert Attendance (eight semesters)0
Senior Half Recital
MUIP 492Half Senior Recital0
Piano Proficiency - Consult Conservatory Handbook 4
Free Electives0-5
Select 0-5 credits, depending on Outside Field chosen (may include music; see list)
Elective Field 3
Total minimum hours required for degree124-134 hours minimum
1

Select courses tab and go to  Individual Performance Studies (MUIP) for course listings.

2

Large Ensemble requirement:

  • 7 semesters for Third World Studies and Urban Studies;
  • 6 semesters/three credits for Theater Concentration, only if accepted into Theater Workout.
3

Credits depend on Outside Field chosen.

4

 Conservatory Handbook

Elective Fields

Biblical and Theological Studies

General Education - Major requirements
Music Electives
Select any music course(s) other than MUCS 101, 102, 103 or MUTC 1016
Free Electives
Select 3 credits (may include music)3
Elective Field Courses for Biblical and Theological Studies 118
Required8
BITH 325Biblical Interpretation and Hermeneutics4
BITH 375Christian Ethics4
Electives10
Select Option 1 or 2:
Option 1 (Biblical Studies):
BITH 344The Psalms: Songs of Israel and the Church2
or BITH 345 Life of David
Other OT and NT Courses: Select 8 credits from BITH 300-400 level courses8
Option 2 (Theological Studies):
BITH 372Historical Theology4
Other Theological Studies: Select 6 credits from BITH 300-400 level courses6
1

Above Gen Ed Bible Requirements.

Business

General Education - Major requirements
Music Electives
Select any music course(s) other than MUCS 101, 102, 103 or MUTC 1016
Free Electives
Select 3 credits (may include music)3
Elective Field Courses for Business24
Required20
ECON 211Principles of Microeconomics4
B EC 226Financial Accounting4
B EC 229Management Information Systems2
B EC 328Business Ethics2
B EC 341Principles of Marketing4
B EC 342Principles of Management4
Electives4
B EC 227Managerial Accounting4
B EC 352Business Law2
B EC 421Organizational Behavior2
ECON 365Development Economics4

Christian Formation and Ministry

General Education - Major requirements
Music Electives
Select any music course(s) other than MUCS 101, 102, 103 or MUTC 1016
Free Electives
Select 3 credits (may include music)3
Elective Field Courses for Christian Formation and Ministry24
Required14
CFM 111Foundations of Ministry2
CFM 223Human Development and Ministry4
CFM 335Teaching the Bible4
CFM 421Philosophy of Ministry4
Electives
Select 10 credits of electives in CFM10

English

General Education - Major requirements
Music Electives
Select any music course(s) other than MUCS 101, 102, 103 or MUTC 1016
Free Electives
Select 3 credits (may include music)3
Elective Field Courses for English24
Required16
ENGL 111Studies in Western Literature4
or ENGL 215 Classical and Early British Literature
ENGL 115Topics in Modern Global Literature4
ENGW 213Creative Writing4
or ENGL 443 Literature of the Bible
Select 4 credits from American Literature (ENGL)4
Electives
Select 8 credits from ENGW/ENGL; excluding ENGW 103/ENGW 1048

Media

General Education - Major requirements
Music Electives
Select any music course(s) other than MUCS 101, 102, 103 or MUTC 1016
Free Electives
Select 3 credits (may include music)3
Elective Field Courses for Media24
Required8
COMM 241Media Studies4
COMM 441Media, Religion, and Culture4
Electives16
COMM 246Media Production4
COMM 243Digital Society4
COMM 345Narrative Media4
COMM 343Screenwriting4
COMM 445Media Constructions4
COMM 444Special Topics in Media and Culture2-4

Philosophy

General Education - Major requirements
Music Electives
Select any music course(s) other than MUCS 101, 102, 103 or MUTC 1016
Free Electives
Select 3 credits (may include music)3
Elective Field Courses for Philosophy24
Required12-16
PHIL 216Philosophy Of the Arts2 or 4
or PHIL 217 Philosophy of Art
PHIL 243Intro To Logic2 or 4
or PHIL 245 Logic
PHIL 311History of Philosophy - Ancient and Medieval4
PHIL 312History of Philosophy: Modern & Contemporary4
Electives8-12
Select courses from PHIL to total 24 credits (at least 12 of the 24 credits need to be taken at the 300 or 400 level)
Recommended: PHIL 447 or PHIL 448 ("Advanced Topics") and PHIL 454 or PHIL 455 ("Historical Seminar")

Pre-Health Studies

Note:  This degree track is designed for students who are interested in pursuing post-graduate studies in medicine, dentistry, and other health-related fields. Meeting the requirements for this degree does not guarantee that students will meet the prerequisite course requirements for all medical schools. The "Elective Field" courses listed below include most of the courses required for entrance to medical school and recommended as preparation for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). However, students will also need to add Physics to their academic plan at some point prior to taking the MCAT. Other courses that students should consider taking include Biochemistry, Psychology, Sociology, and Statistics. Some courses may count toward the General Education requirements (Thematic Core). Students are highly encouraged to consult with the Director of Health Professions early in their academic career in order to understand the medical school admissions timeline and receive help with course planning.

General Education - Major requirements

(For Thematic Core Category II, take PSYC 101  for the Social Inquiry tag)

Music Electives
Select any music course(s) other than MUCS 101, 102, 103 or MUTC 1014
Free Electives
Select 5 credits (may include music)5
Elective Field Courses for Pre-Health Studies24
BIOL 241Organization of Life: Genetics and Cell Biology4
BIOL 242Diversity of Life: An Introduction to Zoology and Botany4
CHEM 231General Chemistry I4
CHEM 232General Chemistry II4
CHEM 341Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 342Organic Chemistry II4

Pre-Law Studies

General Education - Major requirements
Music Electives
Select any music course(s) other than MUCS 101, 102, 103 or MUTC 1016
Free Electives
Select 3 credits (may include music)3
Elective Field Courses for Pre-Law Studies24
Required8
PSCI 274Introduction to Law4
PSCI 496Internship (with a practicing legal professional)4
Law-Related Elective Courses
Select 10 credits from at least two departments:10
IR 367International Law4
PHIL 318Philosophy of Law2
PSCI 311Constitutional Law4
PSCI 368American Political Thought4
SOC 367Crime & Delinquency4
Supporting Elective Courses
Select 8 credits from at least two departments, one of which is not elected under the Law-Related Elective Courses:8
B EC 226Financial Accounting4
or B EC 227 Managerial Accounting
B EC 328Business Ethics2
COMM 252Argumentation and Debate4
COMM 253Messages, Influence, and Culture4
COMM 362Group Dynamics2
COMM 363Persuasion4
ENGW 214Rhetorical Writing2
HIST 251American History to 18654
or HIST 252 American History from 1865
HIST 377British History to 16884
HIST 483History of Christianity in North America4
PHIL 243Intro To Logic2
PHIL 448Advanced Topics in Philosophy (Ethical Theory - Section 3)4
PSCI 135American Politics and Government4
PSCI 365Classical and Medieval Political Thought4
PSCI 366Modern Political Thought4
SOC 337Racial and Ethnic Relations4
SOC 356The Family4
SOC 376Sociological Theory4

Psychology

General Education - Major requirements

(For Thematic Core Category II, take PSYC 101  for the Social Inquiry tag)

Music Electives
Select any music course(s) other than MUCS 101, 102, 103 or MUTC 1016
Free Electives
Select 3 credits (may include music)3
Elective Field Courses for Psychology24
Required20
PSYC 268Statistics4
PSYC 269Experimental Psychology4
PSYC 317Developmental Psychology4
PSYC 348Abnormal Psychology4
PSYC 352Contemporary Clinical Psyc4
Electives4
PSYC 235Cross-Cultural Psychology2
PSYC 241Social Psychology4
PSYC 351Cognition4
PSYC 361Behavioral Neuroscience4
PSYC 431Psychology of Human Sexuality4

Theater

General Education - Major requirements
Music Electives
Select any music course(s) other than MUCS 101, 102, 103 or MUTC 1016
Free Electives
Select 3 credits (may include music)3
Elective Field Courses for Theater24
Required16
COMM 271Theater Survey4
COMM 272Scenography4
COMM 273Acting I4
COMM 374Directing4
Electives8
COMM 376Church And Theater4
COMM 473Acting II4
COMM 474Special Topics in Theater4

Third World Studies

General Education - Major requirements
Music Electives
Select any music course(s) other than MUCS 101, 102, 103 or MUTC 1014
Free Electives1
Elective Field Courses for Third World Studies24-30
Required16-22
HNGR 114Poverty, Justice and Transformation4
HNGR 385Field Research Methods and Intercultural Orientation4
HNGR 484Global Christian Perspective4
HNGR 495Independent Study2-4
HNGR 496Internship in Development4-8
Electives8
IR 315Politics of Global Development4
SOC 385Social Change in the Americas4
Other HNGR approved elective4

Urban Studies

General Education - Major requirements
Music Electives
Select any music course(s) other than MUCS 101, 102, 103 or MUTC 1016
Free Electives
Select 3 credits (may include music)3
Elective Field Courses for Urban Studies24
Required16-22
URBN 114Social Life of Cities4
URBN 233Chicago4
BITH 376Theologies of Transformation4
URBN 296Urban Studies Practicum (Field Placement, Choose 1)2 - 8
or URBN 496 Internship
Electives4-8
URBN 371Race, Poverty, and Reconciliation4
ENGW 233Writing Chicago4
URBN 494Advanced Urban Studies Seminar2

Alternate Field

General Education - Major requirements
Music Electives
Select any music course(s) other than MUCS 101, 102, 103 or MUTC 1016
Free Electives
Select 3 credits3
Elective Field: Alternate Field
Select 24 credits with the guidance of an academic sponsor 124
1

With the guidance of an academic sponsor, usually the student's advisor, an Alternate Field can be devised to satisfy specific degree objectives. The design of this degree depends on student initiative and thorough consultation with the advisor and faculty representative(s) from the department(s) representing the Alternate Field. The courses selected must be thematically congruous and reflect the ideal of a coherent, integrated whole. Applications for the Alternate Field degree are available in the Conservatory Advising Center, Armerding 217. The student's advisor, the Conservatory Director of Academic Studies, and the Department Chair of the appropriate departments approve each Alternate Field degree application.