The Bachelor of Music in Music History prepares students for the academic study of music, alone or in combination with practical studies or other academic disciplines. A breadth of upper-level electives, courses in other disciplines, and ensemble experiences are chosen to support the degree. A list of suggested courses is available from the program director.

Independent Study in Music History is limited to those who pursue research projects. These should be proposed the semester before the student hopes to begin study. Projects are required of Music History majors but may be permitted of other students.

Bachelor of Music Major in Music History

Students must complete a minimum of 120 units with a Pacific cumulative grade point average of 2.3 and program grade point average of 2.5 in order to earn the bachelor of music degree with a major in music history.

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. Major Requirements

Major Area
MHIS 006Music of the World's People3
MHIS 011Survey of Music History I3
MHIS 012Survey of Music History II3
Upper Division Theory Course Above MCOM 1003
Select 21 units from the following:21
Symphonic Literature
Opera Literature
Chamber Music Literature
Keyboard Literature I
Keyboard Literature II
Vocal Literature
Topics in Early Music
Topics in Eighteenth-Century Music
Topics in Nineteenth-Century Music
Topics in Music of the 20th-21st Century
Advanced History of Jazz
American Music
MHIS 197Research in Music History3
Supportive Courses in Music
MCOM 009Introduction to Music Technology1
MCOM 032Diatonic Harmony3
MCOM 033Chromatic Harmony3
MCOM 034Advanced Chromaticism and Analysis3
MCOM 03520/21 Century Music Theory3
MCOM 042Musicianship I1
MCOM 043Musicianship II1
MAPP 001DClass Piano (Must take three units)1
MAPP 010 Applied Music8
MPER 054Dean's Seminar1
Select 8 units from the following:8
Jazz Ensemble
University Symphony Orchestra
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
Opera Production
University Chorus
Pacific Singers
MPER 151Principles of Conducting2
8 units of Foreign Language Coursework **8
Music Electives9

Musical Contexts

Work intellectually with relationships between music and music literature within specific cultural/historical contexts, developing the ability to illustrate them.


Gain and demonstrate knowledge of a variety of cultures and various historical periods.

Scholarly Work

Develop the ability to produce and defend scholarly work and evaluate the work of others.

Musical Evolution

Examine evolving relationships among musical structure, music history, and performance practices, and the influence of such evolutions on musical and cultural change.

Applied Skills

Use effectively the tools of scholarship including keyboard skills, spoken/written language, research techniques, advanced musical analysis, and applicable technologies.

Foreign Language

Develop essential reading skills in foreign languages.

Liberal Arts

Gain preparation in the liberal arts that would allow students to identify basic concepts in other fields (e.g. literatures, etc. and understand their applicability to the field of music history.

Independent Research

Apply independent thought and research to a long-term project resulting in creative/scholarly work germane to the field.