Sep 28, 2020  
Course Catalog 2020-2021 
Course Catalog 2020-2021

Music and Popular Culture Minor

The minor consists of a minimum of 5 full courses (or the equivalent) and a learning portfolio.

Note: Students must earn minimum grades of C- or P for all courses that apply toward the minor.

The Music and Popular Culture minor allows students to explore the role of music in popular culture, broadly defined as the traditions, practices, objects that dominate in a society at any given moment in history. In this minor, music serves as a lens through which to understand mainstream cultural practices both historically and globally; and vice versa: the study of popular culture provides a vantage point for understanding music in broader social and historical context.

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Students wishing to complete the Music and Popular Culture minor should consult with an academic advisor or a member of the minor committee, and complete the Minor Add or Drop form. The form requires the signature of one of the minor co-chairs.

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Charles Peterson (Africana Studies)
James O’Leary (Musicology)

Summary of Requirements

Courses must be taken in at least three different departments.

At least 16 credits must be taken outside of the student’s major. 

Music and Popular Culture Minor Course Lists

Notes: If a student is enrolled in or completed a course that is not listed below, they can petition the curricular committee to apply the course toward the minor.

Students should be aware that some of the below listed courses have prerequisites and should plan their schedules accordingly.

Learning Portfolio

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In addition to the above requirements, students will also develop a learning portfolio with substantive pieces of work from each of the classes taken to fulfill the minor. The learning  portfolio must also include a reflection piece that explicitly connects the learning outcomes in the different courses. This reflection will be shared with the advisor (faculty liaison) and the Conservatory and College Interdivisional Curricular Committee for the purpose of assessing student learning.