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(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin.)



Ph.D. Minor in Ethnomusicology

The Ethnomusicology Program offers an interdepartmental doc­toral minor that enables students to take courses in ethnomu­sicology from several departments. Students wishing to enroll in the program must first consult with the program director. An advisor will be assigned to each student, taking into consider­ation the academic interests of each individual.
Graduate students may pursue a concentration in ethnomusi­cology at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels through the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology; consult the requirements for that department.

Course Requirements

Four approved courses, for a total of 12 credit hours, including two of the five core courses in ethnomusicology (Folklore E522, F523, E529, E714, and F740) and two courses chosen from the others listed below. All courses must first be approved by the student’s ethnomusicology advisor. With the consent of the advisor, courses other than those listed below may be chosen.


A minimum of a B (3.0) is required in each course that is to count toward the minor.

The student’s advisor from the ethnomusicology faculty must be invited to participate in both the written and oral portions of the qualifying examination. The program director may, however, waive the written portion of the examination if the student’s performance in the program has been of sufficiently high quality.

Master of Arts Track in Ethnomusicology

Course Requirements

A minimum of 30 credit hours including the ethnomusicology courses E522, F523, E529 or ethnomusicology area course, E714, one other approved course in ethnomusicology, and two additional approved courses, one of which must be in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.

Foreign Language Requirement

Reading proficiency in one modern foreign language. Must be completed before M.A. project/thesis is submitted.


A project, thesis, or comprehensive written exam is required for the degree. Students may earn up to 6 credit hours for an M.A. project/thesis. A comprehensive oral examination is given when the project/thesis is submitted. Students choosing to take the exam will fulfill their credit hours with coursework.

Ph.D. Track in Ethnomusicology

A total of 90 credit hours,15 of which comprise the following ethnomusicology courses: E522, F523, F529 or ethnomusicology area course, E714,and  F740, and F722. Students must also take six additional courses for the major, five of which must be in the department; three of these courses must be approved courses that fulfill one of the three tracks: Social and Cultural Theory (F722 is a required course). Preservation and Presentation (E522, F510, and F803 or an approved performance ensemble, which may include approved ensembles in the School of Music, are required), and World Area.

See section under Folklore and Ethnomusicology elsewhere in this bulletin for full Ph.D. requirements.

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