Musicology Class

Are you passionate about music? Do you want to reconnect with musical studies in a way that complements your existing major outside of music? Do you envision making music a part of your future career portfolio? If so, the new Music Minor program may be a perfect option for you!

New for Fall 2018, the College of Music is offering a 19-credit Music Minor for students across the CU Boulder campus. The Music Minor is open to all students in good academic standing who have a sincere interest in making music a part of their university education, regardless of prior experience levels or backgrounds.

Students pursuing the Music Minor are required to complete a basic music theory course and participate in at least one music ensemble. Beyond that, students may choose from a variety of course options focused on creating or making music, as well as appreciating and thinking about music in relation to historical or sociocultural issues. Many elective course options for the Music Minor have been approved for the Arts & Sciences General Education Requirements. Grades in courses applied to the Music Minor must be a C- or higher. View the degree checklist to start planning your minor. Note: This checklist is for the current academic year (2019-20). To view previous years' degree sheets, visit the archive.

For questions about the Music Minor, please send a message to the program manager at

To declare your interest in the Music Minor, please submit the Declaration Form.

Required music courses

Basic Music Theory
Any 1000-level music ensemble

Creating music electives

Up to three semesters of any 1000- or 3000-level music ensemble
Piano Class
Piano Class II
Voice Class I (may be repeated up to two semesters)
Voice Class II
Introduction to Songwriting
Making Electronic Music
Basic Composition 

Thinking music electives

Appreciation of Music
Wild West Soundscapes
Music in American Culture
World Music: Asia and Oceania
World Music: Africa, Europe, and the Americas
Music of the Rock Era
American Film Musical
History of Jazz
Words and Music
Music in Literature
Music and Global Health
Music and Violence
Music and Space
African Music
African American Music
Music in Jewish Culture
Heavy Metal

Degree checklist           Declaration form