Ethnomusicology, Minor

The minor in ethnomusicology offers students an opportunity to explore music in its cultural contexts. The foundation of the minor is a unique introductory course, Music in Everyday Life (MUSC 1001), which investigates many dimensions of the 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 course that invites students to conduct their own ethnographic projects in and around Boston. 

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
and choose 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
Music as a Social Expression
Survey of African-American Music
The African-American Experience through Music
Music of Africa
The African Experience through Music
Music of the Middle East
Music of Latin America and the Caribbean
Music of the Jewish People
Black Popular Music

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor