Jazz and Popular Music Minor

The Jazz and Popular Music Minor offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of music that can be integrated with many approaches to the study of contemporary culture, and can include academically-based community service as a form of learning.

The Jazz and Popular Music Minor may combine with the flexible Music Minor.  Please note that students pursuing both minors can only count ONE course toward both sets of requirements (that is,  students completing both minors will take at least 11 music courses) and only one credit transferred from another institution may count toward minor requirements.

This minor may also serve Music Majors wishing to highlight an interest in Jazz and pop.


Total Required Courses: Six (6 c.u.)

I. Core Courses (2 c.u.):

All students are required to take TWO from the following Core minor courses: 

MUSC1400 – Introduction to Jazz (also offered as: AFRC1400[077])

MUSC1420 – Introduction to Popular Music

MUSC1500 – Intro to World Music and Cultures (also offered as AFRC1500[050], ANTH1500[022])

II. The remaining courses should be selected from the list below (4 c.u.):

COMM1230 – Critical Approaches to Popular Culture

ENGL1210 -- Literatures of Jazz

ENGL1200  African American Literature

ENGL1810 – Sounding Poetry:  Music and Literature

MUSC0181 -- On Belonging:  Music, Displacement, and Well-Being

MUSC1450 -- Song Writing

MUSC1510 -- Music of Africa

MUSC1530 --  Music in Troubled Places

MUSC1560 -- Seeing/Hearing Globally

MUSC1700 – Introduction to Theory and Musicianship

MUSC2400 – Introduction to Musical Life in America

MUSC2500 – Introduction to Ethnomusicology

MUSC3200 – Modular Electronic Music Systems

MUSC3210 – Recording Music

MUSC3450 – Studies in African American Music (Also offered as: AFRC3450)

MUSC3510 -- Music and Healing

MUSC3550 -- Accordions of the New World

MUSC3560 -- Music and Performance of Africa

MUSC3570 – Caribbean Music and Diaspora

MUSC3580 – Music of Latin America

MUSC4500 – Seminar in Ethnomusicology

SOCI1070 – Media and Popular Culture

THAR1271 – American Musical Theatre


PLEASE NOTE: One course unit of instrumental or vocal performance courses (see list below) may count toward ONE of the four elective requirements: 

MUSC0070 – Ensemble Performance (.5 c.u. per semester)

MUSC0100 – Marian Anderson Performance Program (.5 cu per semester) 

MUSC0110 – Marian Anderson Group Performance

SAST0104 – Beginning Tabla  (1 c.u .)

SAST0110 --  Beginning Tabla II (1 c.u.)

SAST0106 --  Beginning Sitar (1 c.u.)

SAST0107 --  Beginning Sitar II (1 c.u.)