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BA in Music Degree Plan

The Bachelor of Arts in Music retains many of the core courses from the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities while providing a major in music. Students must declare a concentration in either Worship, Performance, or Composition by the time they begin their second semester.

History, Life, and Thought

Course Title Course Number Hours
Early Western Civilization HIS 1103 3
Early Western Civilization Seminar IDE 1103 3
Church and Empires HIS 1203 3
Church and Empires Seminar IDE 1203 3
World Religions HIS 2103 3
World Religions Seminar IDE 2103 3
Renaissance and Reformation HIS 2203 3
Renaissance and Reformation Seminar IDE 2203 3
Baptist History and Heritage HIS 2213 3
Enlightenment HIS 3103 3
Enlightenment Seminar IDE 3103 3
The 19th Century HIS 3203 3
The 19th Century Seminar IDE 3203 3
The Early 20th Century HIS 4103 3
The Early 20th Century Seminar IDE 4103 3
Introduction to Social Science SOS 4103 3
Late 20th Century to the Present HIS 4203 3
Late 20th Century to the Present Seminar IDE 4203 3
Introduction to Natural Science NAS 4203 3
English I- Rhetoric and Argument 1 ENG 1103 (3)
Reasoning/Reasoning Lab REA 1103/REA 1100 3/0
Literary Interpretation/Interpretation Lab INT 1203/INT 1200 3/0
Personal Evangelism EVA 2201 1
International Mission Trip 2 MIS 3201 1
Chapel3 (six semesters) CHP 1000 0

Biblical and Theological Studies

Course Title Course Number Hours
Old Testament Survey OTS 1103 3
New Testament Survey NTS 2103 3
Systematic Theology I THE 3103 3
Systematic Theology II THE 4103 3
Select six hours from the following:
Focused Study in Old Testament OTS 1203 3
Focused Study in New Testament NTS 2203 3
Focused Study on Theological Issues I THE 4103 3
Focused Study on Theological Issues II THE 4203 3

Music Core

Course Title Course Number Hours
Theory and Musicianship I THY 1103 3
Theory and Musicianship II THY 1203 3
Theory and Musicianship III THY 2103 3
Theory and Musicianship IV THY 2203 3
Music History I MHS 2102 2
Music History II MHS 2202 2
Music History III MHS 2302 2
Biblical Foundations of Worship WOR 1102 2
Conducting I CON 3112 2
Chapel Choir (two semesters) MUS 2228 1
Auditioned Ensemble4 (six semesters) ENS 1xx8 3

Piano Proficiency

(students may also need to complete PIA 1501 in preparation for PIA 1500)

PIA 1500 0

Voice Proficiency

(students may also need to complete VOI 1501 in preparation for VOI 1500)

VOI 1500 0
Performance Lab (eight semesters) PFL 1100 0

Concentration Courses

Students select a concentration in either Worship, Performance, or Composition   20
Total   129


1English I is required for all new students due to the intense reading and writing content in the curriculum.  Exemptions for enrollment in English I are based on the submission of ACT/SAT scores before the beginning of the semester in which the student begins. The minimum criteria for exemption are : 18 or higher on the English and Reading sections of the ACT, 450 or higher on the Reading and Writing sections of the SAT, or transferring in a score of "B" or higher in English Composition from another college or university.  Please note, international students seeking exemption must transfer in scores of "B" or higher for two semesters of English Composition. The three hours for this course are not included in the number of hours required for the degree but can count toward elective hours required for graduation.

2 Students are required to go on one International Mission Trip over the course of their time at the College in order to graduate. To meet this requirement, the trip must be faculty-led by either one of the faculty members at the College at Southwestern or Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the trip must be out of the country.

3 Non-transfer students are required to pass six semesters of chapel. Transfer students will have the number of required semesters reduced based on the number of hours transferred.

4 The student will choose from the following auditioned ensembles: Chamber Ensemble, Combo Lab, Guitar Ensemble, NewSound, Orchestra, Southwestern Singers, Southwestern Master Chorale, String Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble.