Ethnomusicology, Minor

The minor in ethnomusicology offers students an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the richness of music in its cultural context.

The foundation of the minor is a unique introductory course, Music in Everyday Life (MUSC 1001)which investigates many dimensions of musical experience and music’s connections to society. Students take in-depth electives that focus on the music of a region, tradition, global popular trends, etc.  The minor culminates in a seminar that invites students to conduct their own ethnographic projects in and around Boston. Projects involving music’s role in social justice issues are exciting options.

Ethnomusicological studies would enrich many programs or degrees, including but not limited to African-American studies; sociology; anthropology; Asian studies; Middle Eastern studies; Jewish studies; world language studies; cultural studies; women, gender, and sexuality studies; Latin American studies; religion; urban studies; Art + Design; cinema studies; communication studies; international affairs; theatre; political science; or health sciences. Music majors may also add this minor.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Required Courses

MUSC 1001Music in Everyday Life4
Complete one of the following:4
Seminar in Ethnomusicology: Issues in Fieldwork and Methodology
Musical Communities of Boston

Ethnomusicology Electives

Complete two of the following:8
Jazz
Music of Latin America and the Caribbean
Black Popular Music
Music of Asia

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor