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2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Music, BS Major in

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Program Requirements

All students wishing to pursue a BS in music will be required to audition in their applied performance area. Students who do not perform at a level requisite for success in that degree program will be directed to work toward the Bachelor of Arts degree in music. Students may reaudition at any time for admittance to the BS program.

Candidates for graduation must fulfill the following requirements:

1. Total Semester Hours: 128

The successful completion of at least 128 semester hours and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in work completed at Hofstra.

2. Liberal Arts

At least 65 hours must be completed in liberal arts courses with no fewer than 40 outside the Department of Music.

3. Residence Requirements

There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at Hofstra: 15 semester hours in the major field of specialization and the last 30 semester hours. The 15 semester hours need not be included within the last 30 hours.

4. General Requirements

  • Humanities electives (excluding music) - 6  Semester Hours
  • 3 semester hours must be in a distribution appreciation and analysis course. (For listing of distribution courses, see Distribution Courses .)
  • Social science electives - 6  Semester Hours 
  • All music majors must take 3 semester hours in behavioral sciences and 3 semester hours in history and philosophy distribution courses, except that
    1. Music education majors take PSY 001  plus 3 semester hours in a history and philosophy distribution course and
    2. Music merchandising majors must take ECO 001 , 002  as their social science requirement.
  • Natural science distribution course - 3 Semester Hours
  • Mathematics/computer science distribution course - 3 Semester Hours
  • Foreign language (fulfillment of BA language requirement.)

5. The Fulfillment of the Following Major Requirements:

3 Semester Hours

as advised, from:

3 Semester Hours

as advised, from:

4 Semester Hours

  • of Private Instruction (P), plus:

Concert Attendance

Music and Music Education  majors are required to attend 10 concerts per semester for a total of eight semesters.  See Music  Department for advisement.


The completion of the courses in one of the following concentrations:

A. Performance

14 hours of music performance (advanced private instruction) with senior recital; at least 6, but not more than 12, hours of music elective courses, as advised. Piano performance students must take:

B. Theory/Composition

Four semester hours of intermediate private instruction (MUS 120B ) plus eight semester hours of advanced private instruction (MUS 120D ); or six semester hours of advanced theory electives, as advised, and six semester hours of music elective courses (total 12 semester hours).

C. History/Literature

History/Literature 18 additional hours in music history/ literature courses as advised; independent study in music bibliography

D. Music Merchandising

2 semesters of basic skills (MUS 31-38A), under advisement. MUS 154, 190, 191; 145 may be substituted for by 3 hours of music electives, under advisement. Business courses: ACCT 101, BAN 1, MKT 101, 124, 131 or 141, MGT 101, FIN 101. The social science requirement is ECO 1, 2.

E. Jazz and Commercial Music

  • 6 semester hours of Advanced Private Instruction (101C-122C).


See the Music Department Notes  for additional information.

Complete BS Requirements

BS Requirements  in Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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