The minor is designed for those who wish to widen their scope of knowledge about music while deepening their understanding of people around the world. Students gain skills that will serve them in many fields.
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Minors must be completed in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree. Please see the University Catalog for complete information on program requirements and policies. Additional specifications may apply.
Students must first demonstrate to the Ethnomusicology coordinator a basic level of knowledge and training in some area of Western or non-Western music, or earn a grade of B or higher in MUSI 103 or MUSI 431. Prerequisites for specific courses are indicated below.
Minor Requirements (18 credits)
- One of the following
- MUSI 303 - Topics in Ethnomusicology Credits: 3
- Two credits of MUSI 394 - Ethnomusicology Internship Credits: 1-4
- ANTH 114 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Credits: 3
- One credit from the following:
- Applied Music Options
- Music Ensemble Options
- Six credits from the following:
- MUSI 102 - Popular Music in America Credits: 3
- MUSI 107 - Jazz and Blues in America Credits: 3
- MUSI 379 - Jazz Improvisation Credits: 1
- MUSI 485 - Chamber Ensembles Credits: 1
- Applied Music Options
- AFAM 200 - Introduction to African American Studies Credits: 3
- AFAM 390 - Special Topics in African and African American Studies Credits: 3
- ANTH 302 - Peoples and Cultures of Latin America Credits: 3
- ANTH 306 - Peoples and Cultures of Island Asia Credits: 3
- ANTH 309 - Peoples and Cultures of India Credits: 3
- AVT 378 - The African American Experience in the Performing Arts Credits: 3
- COMM 157 - Video Workshop Credits: 1
- COMM 305 - Foundations of Intercultural Communication Credits: 3
- DANC 118 - World Dance Credits: 3
- DANC 119 - Dance in Popular Culture: Afro-Latino Dance Credits: 3
- ENGH 315 - Folklore and Folklife (3 credits)
- Other courses as approved by the Minor coordinator
Ethnomusicology minors at Mason work with world-class faculty and have opportunity to get hands on experience through an ethnomusicology internship. Music students also study and perform in beautiful spaces outfitted with up to date technology. Mason School of Music is an all-Steinway school. Performance opportunities are available for all musicians at Mason in more than 20 ensembles.