Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts

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. Bachelor of Arts in Music students complete six semesters of 2-unit applied music and participate in ensembles according to placement for six semesters and six units. 

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.

II. Major Requirements

MCOM 032Music Theory I3
MCOM 033Music Theory II3
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 100+3
Elective MHIS 150+3
MUSC 197Independent Research3
Performance/Required Music Electives
Six units and six semesters of the following, based on placement auditions:6
Concert Band
Ensemble Performance
University Chorus
MAPM 021Applied Music2
MAPM 022Applied Music2
MAPM 023Applied Music2
MAPM 024Applied Music2
MAPM 125Applied Music2
MAPM 126Applied Music2
Music Electives9-17
Non-Music Electives42


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.