All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music must complete a minimum of 46 units in music. The total number of music units that count toward the Bachelor of Arts may not exceed 60 units. Each semester, Bachelor of Arts students must complete 1 unit each of applied music and major ensemble for a total of 8 semesters. 

Bachelor of Arts Major in Music

Students must complete a minimum of 120 units with a Pacific cumulative and program grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in music. Only 60 music units may count toward the degree.

I. General Education Requirements

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars.  

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. Breadth Requirement

Students must complete 60 units outside the Conservatory of Music, including 3-4 units from the following courses:
any ARTH; any ARTS; any THEA; any ENGL (except 82, 101, 105, 106 or 109); ASIA 120 or 130; FREN 51, 116, 118, 120 or 130; JAPN 170 or 180; RUSS 120; SPAN 103, 114, 122, 124, 128, 132, 133, 134 or 135. (Courses include general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

III. Major Requirements

MCOM 009Introduction to Music Technology1
MCOM 032Diatonic Harmony3
MCOM 033Chromatic Harmony3
MCOM 042Musicianship I1
MCOM 043Musicianship II1
MPER 054Dean's Seminar1
MHIS 011Survey of Music History I3
MHIS 012Survey of Music History II3
Elective select one additional MCOM or MHIS course (100 level)3
Elective select one MHIS Course (150 or higher)3
MUSC 197Independent Research3
Performance/Required Music Electives
MAPP 010 Applied Music **6
Select six units from the following: *6
Jazz Ensemble
University Symphony Orchestra
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
Opera Production
University Chorus
Pacific Singers
Music Electives14


1. The ability to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, timbre, texture.
2. An understanding of and the ability to read and realize musical notation.
3. An understanding of compositional processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces.
4. An acquaintance with a wide selection of musical literature, the principal eras, genres, and cultural sources.
5. The ability to develop and defend musical judgments.

Performance and Music Electives

1. Ability in performing areas at levels consistent with the goals and objectives of the specific liberal arts degree program being followed.
2. Understanding of procedures for realizing a variety of musical styles.

Liberal Arts Studies

1. The ability to think, speak, and write clearly and effectively, and to communicate with precision, cogency, and rhetorical force.
2. An informed acquaintance with the mathematical and experimental methods of the physical and biological sciences; with the main forms of analysis and the historical and quantitative techniques needed for investigating the workings and developments of modern society
3. An ability to address culture and history from a variety of perspectives.
4. Understanding of, and experience in thinking about, moral and ethical problems.
5. The ability to respect, understand, and evaluate work in a variety of disciplines.
6. The capacity to explain and defend views effectively and rationally.