Music Minor

The minor in music allows students who have an interest in music to deepen their knowledge and ability in this discipline. The arts foster a creative and critical way of thinking. Thus, the music minor is a logical option for a science-rich curriculum.

Recent history has produced scientists such as Einstein, Helmholtz, Dewar, and Apgar who were also musicians and/or musical instrument makers. Conversely, the famous composers Berlioz, Borodin, and Elgar had simultaneous careers in the sciences. The duality of these great achievers illustrates how a music and science- or math-based education can lead to success.

A science major with a minor in any humanities discipline shows prospective employers and graduate school admissions personnel a well-rounded and intellectually flexible candidate. Additionally, the minor in music provides you with a solid base of music knowledge that can be expanded easily by future study.

Coursework & Duration

Requirements (18 Credit hours)

Required Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
MU 210 Music Theory I 3 credits
MU 201
or
MU 202 (as appropriate)
Introductory Piano
or
Intermediate Piano
3 credits each
MU 301
or
MU 302
Music History I: Ancient–Baroque
or
Music History II: Baroque–20th Century
3 credits each
  Ensemble/Chorus
(Only 3 credits of Ensemble/Chorus may be applied to the total minor requirement.)
 3 credits

Additional courses may include:

Course Number Course Name Credits
MU 301
or
MU 302
Music History I
or
Music History II
3 credits each
MU 310 World Music 3 credits 
MU 353 The Blues (cross-listed as SS 353) 3 credits
MU 202 Intermediate Piano 3 credits
MU 399 Independent Study  may vary
HU 340 Special Topics in the Humanities 3 credits

Additional Information

  • Independent studies may include music history research, integrated science and music projects, and recitals. Independent studies and HU 340 courses must be approved by the minor advisor.
  • Transferred credits must be approved by the department chair. A maximum of six credits may be transferred from another institution.
  • A minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum.
  • Contact Music Minor Advisor, Dr. Kim Robson at k.robson@usciences with questions.

Requirements & Expectations

Eligibility

You should apply to the minor program early in your academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of the last year of didactic work. You must have a 2.00 GPA or higher and must have the approval of your advisor in order to apply for the program.

Contact:

Dr. Kim Robson

Address:

Office Location: East Building, Room 107
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-7542

Email:

k.robson@usciences.edu