Liberal Arts Requirements for School of Music

BM — Instrumental and Composition

The typical course load for UNCSA college students pursuing the Bachelor of Music is one general education course in Fall semester and two general education courses in Spring in addition to your music classes. Depending upon your academic background, the First Year Seminar and a Writing About course will be common to all first year students. These two courses are not sequential, so you can take them in either term but they must be completed in your first year. Fall semester you will select and register online for either a section of First Year Seminar [FYS 1100] OR a Writing About [ENG 1200] course that fits your music schedule.  Spring semester you will register for either FYS 1100 or ENG 1200 AND choose a second general education course.  If you enter the program with transfer credit, the kind and amount of credit transferred will determine whether you are exempt from FYS 1100 and/or ENG 1200. In transfer situations, your Liberal Arts advisor will help you to choose appropriate classes that meet the requirements for your degree program.

Summary of the Liberal Arts courses required for a Bachelor of Music (For all instrument and composition concentrations, excluding voice. Voice students see below.) 

Course Number Title Credit Hours
FYS 1101  First Year Seminar 3
ENG 1200 Writing About 3
MAT or SCI Math or Science 3
HUM 2101 Self, Society, and Cosmos 3
HUM 2102-2112 Paths to the Present (select one course) 3
LIT or WRI Literature or Writing 3
HIS or PSY History or Psychology (social/behavioral science) 3
PHI or HUM Philosophy or Humanities 3
DLA Electives Liberal Arts electives of choice 6
Division of Liberal Arts Credit Hours = 30


BM — Voice

The typical course load for UNCSA college students pursuing the Bachelor of Music is two general education courses per semester in addition to your music classes. Depending upon your academic background, the First Year Seminar and a Writing About course will be common to all first year students. These two courses are not sequential, so you can take them in either term but they must be completed in your first year. Fall semester you will select and register online for either a section of First Year Seminar [FYS 1100] OR a Writing About [ENG 1200] course that fits your music schedule.  In addition, you will register for Elementary Italian I [ITA 1101]. Spring semester you will register for either FYS 1100 or ENG 1200 AND Elementary Italian II [ITA 1102].  If you enter the program with transfer credit, the kind and amount of credit transferred will determine whether you are exempt from FYS 1100 and/or ENG 1200. In transfer situations, your Liberal Arts advisor will help you to choose appropriate classes that meet the requirements for your degree program.

Summary of the Liberal Arts courses required for a Bachelor of Music with a Concentration in Voice

Course Number Title Credit Hours
FYS 1100 First Year Seminar 3
ENG 1200 Writing About 3
MAT or SCI Math or Science 3
HUM 2101 Self, Society, and Cosmos 3
HUM 2102-2112 Paths to the Present (select one course) 3
LIT or WRI Literature or Writing 3
HIS or PSY History or Psychology (social/behavioral science) 3
PHI or HUM Philosophy or Humanities 3
ITA 1101-02 Elementary Italian 6
Division of Liberal Arts Credit Hours = 30