The Major and Minor in Music History
Our undergraduate major in Music History is open to all students in the College of Letters & Science; it does not require a separate audition. The goals of the Music History major are grounded firmly in the humanistic study of music, and we interpret Music History in the broadest possible sense: there is no built-in bias toward art music, Western music, or music of the past.
The Music History major builds on the Herb Alpert School of Music's integrative core course (Mus Hist 10ABC), and then progresses through a series of six upper-division courses on "Music, History, and Culture" (Mus Hist 125A-F). As a whole, this "spine" for the major is committed to a broad historical and theoretical perspective on music – but the individual courses are topic-driven and flexible, so that the passion and expertise of the instructor drives the content. Outside the spine we strive for flexibility – wherever possible we encourage majors to find their upper-division electives from among the rich offerings of the School of Music. The major includes a performance requirement, which can be fulfilled in a number of ways, and does not require formal musical training.
The Music History major requires all students to take Mus Hist 12W, "Writing About Music," and culminates in an individual capstone project, the Senior Thesis, which the student completes with faculty advice and supervision.
It is also possible to minor in Music History at UCLA. The Music History minor is designed for students who seek to combine the humanistic study of music with a major concentration in another area. The minor is a sequence of seven academic courses, of which two must be lower division or GE courses in Music History, two must be upper division courses in Music History, and three more can be chosen from selected upper division offerings in Ethnomusicology, Music, and Musicology. There is no performance requirement for the Music History minor.