Feb 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalogue 
    
2023-2024 Catalogue

Degree Requirements


Four Baccalaureate degrees are offered: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) and Bachelor of Music Therapy (B.M.T.). The requirements for each of these degrees are listed below. Although each student has a faculty adviser, the student is responsible for understanding the requirements for the degree and for meeting these requirements. Students should review their progress toward meeting graduation requirements with their faculty adviser each semester.

BACHELOR OF ARTS

32 course credits are required for graduation, subject to restrictions on residency, fractional credit, transfer credit, and course load. Except where noted, individual courses may be counted toward multiple requirements.

First-Year Seminar in Critical Inquiry (1 course)

Students will complete the First-Year Seminar in Critical Inquiry in their first semester.

Writing Intensive Course (1 course)

Students will complete a course designated as Writing Intensive (W) in any semester between the completion of the First-Year Seminar and the beginning of Junior Independent Study.

Global and Cultural Perspectives

Foreign Language (0-2 courses)

Students will demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the second-level course in a given language sequence, through proficiency, examination, or course work.

Global Engagement (1 course)

Students shall take a global course that must examine matters from a non-US, global, or transnational area, either contemporary or historical, in a way that allows students to explore their own position in relation to these areas or issues. (GE)

Power, Privilege, Race, and Ethnicity (1 course)

A Power, Privilege, Race, and Ethnicity course must examine race or marginalized ethnicity and may allow students to explore intersections with other identities such as gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, social class, ability, culture, and religion (among others). (PPRE)

Religious Perspectives or Social Justice (1 course)

Religious Studies Option: Students will complete a course from any department or program that examines the religious dimension of humankind in relation to issues of cultural, social, historical, or ethical significance. (R)

Social Justice Option: A Social Justice course must examine societal equity, equality, and fairness, in a way that allows students to explore their own position in relationship to these matters. (SJ)

Note: A student may not use the same course in fulfillment of GE, PPRE, and the R/SJ requirements.

Quantitative Literacy (1 course)

Students will demonstrate quantitative proficiency through completion of a course that involves a significant focus on quantitative literacy in the course’s discipline (QL).

Learning Across the Disciplines (6 courses)

Students will complete no fewer than two approved courses in each of three academic areas: Arts and Humanities (AH), History and Social Sciences (HSS), Mathematical and Natural Sciences (MNS). [An individual course may be counted toward only one of these three areas.]

Learning in the Major (10-16 courses)

Students will complete a major in a department or program. The number of courses required in the major shall be no less than ten and no more than sixteen, including the Independent Study Sequence. The major shall contain no more than twelve courses in the same discipline, including the Independent Study Sequence. (In addition, a maximum of fifteen credits in any one discipline may be counted toward graduation.)

Independent Study Sequence:

Junior Independent Study (Research, Methodology, and Theory) (1 course)

A one-semester course that focuses upon the research skills, methodology, and theoretical framework necessary for Senior Independent Study. The structure of this course depends upon the discipline and includes a variety of pedagogical formats, such as one-on-one mentoring experiences, small seminars, and labs.

Senior Independent Study (2 courses)

A two-semester one-on-one mentoring experience in which each student engages in independent research and creates an original scholarly work.

BACHELOR OF MUSIC

Two majors are offered under the B.M. degree: Performance and Composition. 32 courses are required for graduation, subject to restrictions on residency, fractional credit, transfer credit, and course load. Except where noted, individual courses may be counted toward multiple requirements.

First-Year Seminar in Critical Inquiry (1 course)

Students will complete the First-Year Seminar in Critical Inquiry in their first semester.

Writing Intensive Course (1 course)

Students will complete a course designated as Writing Intensive (W) in any semester between the completion of the First-Year Seminar and the beginning of Junior Independent Study.

Global and Cultural Perspectives

Foreign Language (0-2 courses)

Students will demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the second-level course in a given language sequence, through proficiency, examination, or course work.

Power, Privilege, Race, and Ethnicity (1 course) or Global Engagement (1 course)

Power, Privilege, Race, and Ethnicity option:  A Power, Privilege, Race, and Ethnicity course must examine race or marginalized ethnicity and may allow students to explore intersections with other identities such as gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, social class, ability, culture, and religion (among others). (PPRE)

Global Engagement option:  A Global Engagement course must examine matters from a non-US, global, or transnational area, either contemporary or historical, in a way that allows students to explore their own position in relation to these areas or issues. (GE)

Religious Perspectives or Social Justice (1 course)

Religious Studies Option: Students will complete a course from any department or program that examines the religious dimension of humankind in relation to issues of cultural, social, historical, or ethical significance. (R)

Social Justice Option: A Social Justice (SJ) course must examine societal equity, equality, and fairness, in a way that allows students to explore their own position in relationship to these matters. (SJ)

Note: A student may not use the same course in fulfillment of GE, PPRE, and the R/SJ requirements.

Quantitative Literacy (1 course)

Students will demonstrate quantitative proficiency through completion of a course (QL) that involves a significant focus on quantitative literacy in the course’s discipline.

Non-Music Electives (0-5 courses)

Independent Study (3 courses)-see below

Learning in the Major (24 courses, including Independent Study)

A. BACHELOR OF MUSIC (Performance Major)

  1. Applied Music (6-8 course credits, including Independent Study)
    This requirement includes a half recital of 25-30 minutes of music in the junior year (MUSC 40100 ) and a full recital of 45-60 minutes of music in the senior year (MUSC 45100 -MUSC 45200 ), each to be performed after a successful jury examination covering preparation and competence. These recitals constitute I.S. for the performance major. In the junior year, performance majors must enroll in one semester of one-hour lessons (200- or 300-level) and one semester of MUSC 40100 .
  2. Music Theory (8 courses)
    MUSC 10100 - Music Theory I , MUSC 10200 - Music Theory II , MUSC 20100 - Music Theory III , MUSC 20200 - Music Theory IV , MUSC 30100 - Theory of Music Since 1900 , MUSC 30200 - Form and Analysis , MUSC 30300 - Basic Conducting , and MUSC 30400 - Counterpoint  
  3. Music History (4 courses)
    MUSC 21200 (History I) and 21300 (History II), MUSC 31100  (seminar in Music Literature), and one additional course in Music History and Literature (MUSC 19900  or MUSC 21400 -MUSC 21900 )
  4. Group Music (1.25 courses)
    Ten semesters (.125 course credit per semester per group) of participation in the following: MUSC 15000 -MUSC 15700  (Small Ensemble), MUSC 16000 - Wooster Singers , MUSC 16100 - Wooster Chorus , MUSC 16200 - Wooster Symphony Orchestra , MUSC 16300 - Scot Band/Marching Band , or  MUSC 16400 - Wooster Jazz Ensemble , with at least two semesters of participation in Wooster Singers or Wooster Chorus and at least four semesters of participation-in the major instrument or voice-in the most appropriate of the following major ensembles: Band, Orchestra, Chorus, or Wooster Singers.
  5. Pedagogy (.5 course)
    MUSC 37100 - Instrumental Pedagogy  for instrumental majors or MUSC 37000 - Vocal Pedagogy  for voice majors (.5 course credit)
  6. Music Technology (.5 course)
    MUSC 28000 - Intro to Music Technology  or MUSC 28001 - Introduction to Recording and Production    
  7. Class Piano (4 courses)
    MUSC 18100 - Class Piano MUSC 18200 - Class Piano II MUSC 18300 - Class Piano III MUSC 18400 - Class Piano IV Please note: Students with prior significant keyboard experience may be able to test out of some or all of this requirement; in this case, the number of music electives should be increased accordingly to reach the total required credits in Music. 
  8. Music Electives (0.75-2.75 courses)
    To be chosen by the student and the adviser; may include additional I.S.
  9. Recital Attendance (4 semesters)
    MUSC 09900 - Recital Attendance. Four semesters required; see Music Handbook for details.

B. BACHELOR OF MUSIC (Composition Major)

  1. Music Theory (9 courses)
    MUSC 10100 - Music Theory I , MUSC 10200 - Music Theory II , MUSC 20100 - Music Theory III , MUSC 20200 - Music Theory IV , MUSC 30100 - Theory of Music Since 1900 , MUSC 30200 - Form and Analysis , MUSC 30300 - Basic Conducting , MUSC 30400 - Counterpoint , and MUSC 30500 - Orchestration  
  2. Composition (1 course credit)
    1 credit from among MUSC 20800 /MUSC 30800  (Acoustic Composition) and MUSC 20900 /MUSC 30900  (Electronic Composition)
  3. Independent Study (3 courses)
    MUSC 40100 - Junior Independent Study  and MUSC 45100 -MUSC 45200  (Senior I.S.); for a student concentrating in Composition, the Independent Study will be a continuation of the composition study begun in MUSC 20800 /MUSC 20900 /MUSC 30800 /MUSC 30900 .
  4. Music History (4 courses)
    MUSC 21200 (History I), 21300 (History II), and MUSC 31100 - Seminar in Music Literature ; and one additional course in Music History and Literature (e.g., MUSC 19900  or MUSC 21400  - MUSC 21900 ). 
  5. Applied Music (2 courses)
    Two total course credits on the same instrument ( MUSC 12001  - MUSC 14000 , MUSC 22001  - MUSC 24000 , MUSC 32100 - MUSC 34001).
  6. Group Music (1.25 courses)
    Ten semesters (.125 course credit per semester per group) of participation in the following: MUSC 15000 -MUSC 15700  (Small Ensemble), MUSC 16000 - Wooster Singers , MUSC 16100 - Wooster Chorus , MUSC 16200 - Wooster Symphony Orchestra , MUSC 16300 - Scot Band/Marching Band , MUSC 16400 - Wooster Jazz Ensemble , with at least two semesters of participation in Wooster Singers or Wooster Chorus and at least four semesters of participation-in the major instrument or voice-in the most appropriate of the following major ensembles: Band, Orchestra, Chorus, or Wooster Singers.
  7. Music Technology (.5 course)
    MUSC 28000 - Intro to Music Technology  or MUSC 28001 - Introduction to Recording and Production 
  8. Class Piano (4 courses)
    MUSC 18100 - Class Piano MUSC 18200 - Class Piano II MUSC 18300 - Class Piano III MUSC 18400 - Class Piano IV Please note: Students with prior significant keyboard experience may be able to test out of some or all of this requirement; in this case, the number of music electives should be increased accordingly to reach the total required credits in Music.
  9. Music Electives (2.25 courses)
    To be chosen by the student and the adviser; may include additional I.S.
  10. Recital Attendance (4 semesters)
    MUSC 09900 - Recital Attendance. Four semesters required; see Music Handbook for details.

BACHELOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION (Public School Teaching)

Because of the heavy requirements for this degree, it is likely that the student will need to carry overloads or extend the time required to complete the degree program.

36.00 to 38.25 courses are required for graduation, subject to current restrictions on residency, fractional credit, transfer credit, and course load. Except where noted, individual courses may be counted toward multiple requirements. Students will complete 13.5 to 15.75 courses outside music.

First-Year Seminar in Critical Inquiry (1 course)

Students will complete the First-Year Seminar in Critical Inquiry in their first semester.

Writing Intensive Course (1 course)

Students will complete a course designated as Writing Intensive (W) in any semester between the completion of the First-Year Seminar and the beginning of senior year.

Power, Privilege, Race, and Ethnicity (1 course) or Global Engagement (1 course)

Power, Privilege, Race, and Ethnicity option: A Power, Privilege, Race, and Ethnicity course must examine race or marginalized ethnicity and may allow students to explore intersections with other identities such as gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, social class, ability, culture, and religion (among others). (PPRE)

Global Engagement option: A Global Engagement course must examine matters from a non-US, global, or transnational area, either contemporary or historical, in a way that allows students to explore their own position in relation to these areas or issues. (GE)

Religious Perspectives or Social Justice (1 course)

Religious Perspectives Option: Students will complete a course from any department or program that examines the religious dimension of humankind in relation to issues of cultural, social, historical, or ethical significance. (R)

Social Justice Option: A Social Justice (SJ) course must examine societal equity, equality, and fairness, in a way that allows students to explore their own position in relationship to these matters. (SJ)

Note: A student may not use the same course in fulfillment of GE, PPRE, and the R/SJ requirements.

Quantitative Literacy (1 course)

Students will demonstrate quantitative proficiency through completion of a course (QL) that involves a significant focus on quantitative literacy in the course’s discipline.

Mathematical and Natural Sciences (1-1.25 courses)

Students will complete one to one and one-quarter courses in the Mathematical or Natural Sciences (MNS). [A student may not use this course in fulfillment of the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.]

History and Social Sciences (1 course)

Students will complete one course in History or the Social Sciences (HSS). [A student may not use this course in fulfillment of the Studies in Cultural Difference requirement or the Religious Perspectives requirement.]

Psychology (1 course)

Students will complete PSYC 11000 . [This course may not count toward the History and Social Sciences requirement.]

Education (2.75 courses)

Students will complete EDUC 10000 , EDUC 12000 , and EDUC 30000 .

Non-Music Elective (1 course)

Student Teaching (3 courses)

The student teaching sequence satisfies the College requirement of three courses of Independent Study. Students will complete MUSC 49600   - MUSC 49800  . All degree requirements except MUSC 39500 - Special Topics in Music Education  and the final semester of recital attendance must be completed prior to the semester in which the student registers for student teaching. Concurrent registration for MUSC 39500  and student teaching is expected; however, when student teaching is completed in the fall semester, MUSC 39500  must be completed prior to that semester. The recital attendance requirement continues through the student teaching semester.

Learning in the Major (23.25 courses)

  1. MUSIC THEORY (7.5 courses)
    MUSC 10100 - Music Theory I , MUSC 10200 - Music Theory II , MUSC 20100 - Music Theory III  MUSC 20200 - Music Theory IV , MUSC 30100 - Theory of Music Since 1900 , MUSC 30300 - Basic Conducting , MUSC 30500 - Orchestration , and MUSC 30600 - Choral Conducting  
  2. MUSIC HISTORY/LITERATURE (3 courses)
    MUSC 21200 (History I), 21300 (History II), and one additional course in Music History (e.g., MUSC 19900, or MUSC 21400 - 21900)
  3. PERFORMANCE (7.25 courses)
    1. Group Music (1.25 courses)
      Ten semesters (.125 course credit per semester per group) of participation in group music, including at least two semesters of participation in Wooster Singers, and at least four semesters of participation-in the major instrument or voice-in the most appropriate of the following major ensembles: Band, Orchestra, Chorus, or Wooster Singers.
    2. Class Instruments and Voice (2 courses) MUSC 17000 - Class Voice , MUSC 17100 - Class Brass Instruments , MUSC 17200 - Class Brass Instruments II , MUSC 17300 - Class String Instruments(Violin/Viola) , MUSC 17400 - Class String Instruments(Cello/Bass) , MUSC 17500 - Class Woodwind Instrs(Flute/Clarinet) , MUSC 17600 - Class Woodwind Instruments(Ob/Bas/Sax) , and MUSC 17700 - Class Percussion Instruments .
    3. The remainder (4 course credits) is to be taken in performance areas ( MUSC 12001  - MUSC 14000 , MUSC 22001  - MUSC 24000 , MUSC 32100 - MUSC 34001) depending upon the pre-college preparation of the student. Each student is required to give a half recital of 25-30 minutes of music in either the junior or senior year (prior to the semester in which student teaching is scheduled). The recital is to be performed after a successful jury examination covering preparation and competence.
  4. MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (.5 course)
    MUSC 28000 - Intro to Music Technology  or MUSC 28001 - Introduction to Recording and Production  
  5. MUSIC EDUCATION (4 courses)
    MUSC 29000 - Foundations of Music Education , MUSC 34200 - Pre-K & Elementary Methods , MUSC 34300 - Choral Methods , MUSC 34400 - Instrumental Methods , MUSC 37000 - Vocal Pedagogy , and MUSC 39500 - Special Topics in Music Education  
  6. CLASS PIANO (4 courses)
    MUSC 18100 - Class Piano MUSC 18200 - Class Piano II MUSC 18300 - Class Piano III MUSC 18400 - Class Piano IV Please note: Students with prior significant keyboard experience may be able to test out of some or all of this requirement; in this case, the number of music electives should be increased accordingly to reach the total required credits in Music.
  7. RECITAL ATTENDANCE (4 semesters)
    MUSC 09900 - Recital Attendance. Four semesters required; see Music Handbook for details.

BACHELOR OF MUSIC THERAPY

32.00 courses are required for graduation, subject to current restrictions on residency, fractional credit, transfer credit, and course load. Except where noted, individual courses may be counted toward multiple requirements. Students will complete 9.00 courses outside music.

First-Year Seminar in Critical Inquiry (1 course)

Students will complete the First-Year Seminar in Critical Inquiry in their first semester.

Writing Intensive Course (1 course)

Students will complete a course designated as Writing Intensive (W) in any semester between the completion of the First-Year Seminar and the beginning of senior year. Please note: It is expected that this College-wide requirement will be met by a Music course in the case of Music Therapy majors; therefore the 1.00 credit is not counted here towards the total of non-music courses.

Power, Privilege, Race and Ethnicity (1 course) or Global Engagement (1 course)

Power, Privilege, Race, and Ethnicity option: A Power, Privilege, Race, and Ethnicity course must examine race or marginalized ethnicity and may allow students to explore intersections with other identities such as gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, social class, ability, culture, and religion (among others). (PPRE)

Global Engagement option: A Global Engagement course must examine matters from a non-US, global, or transnational area, either contemporary or historical, in a way that allows students to explore their own position in relation to these areas or issues. (GE)

Religious Perspectives or Social Justice (1 course)

Religious Perspectives Option: Students will complete a course from any department or program that examines the religious dimension of humankind in relation to issues of cultural, social, historical, or ethical significance. (R)

Social Justice Option: A Social Justice (SJ) course must examine societal equity, equality, and fairness, in a way that allows students to explore their own position in relationship to these matters. (SJ)

Note: A student may not use the same course in fulfillment of GE, PPRE, and the R/SJ requirements.

Psychology (3 courses)

Students will complete PSYC 10000 , PSYC 21200 , and PSYC 25000 . Please note: the PSYC 25000  requirement will also fulfill the College-wide requirement for a course in Quantitative Literacy (QL).

Natural Sciences (1 course)

Students will complete a course dealing with human anatomy.

Sociology (1 course)

Students will complete SOCI 10000 .

Education (1 course)

Students will complete EDUC 17000 .

Learning in the Major (23.00 courses)

  1. MUSIC THEORY (7 courses)
    MUSC 10100 - Music Theory I , MUSC 10200 - Music Theory II , MUSC 20100 - Music Theory III  MUSC 20200 - Music Theory IV , MUSC 30100 - Theory of Music Since 1900 , MUSC 30300 - Basic Conducting , and  MUSC 30500 - Orchestration  
  2. MUSIC HISTORY/LITERATURE (3 courses)
    MUSC 21200 (History I) and 21300 (History II) and one additional course in Music History (e.g., MUSC 19900, or MUSC 21400 - 21900)
  3. MUSIC THERAPY (6 courses)
    MUSC 19000 - Intro to Music Therapy  and MUSC 19100 - Recreational Music , each for .5 course credit; MUSC 29100 - Music Therapy in Psychiatry & Rehab ; MUSC 29200 - Music Therapy W/Developmental Disabiliti ; MUSC 29300 - Practicum I in Music Therapy , MUSC 29400 - Practicum II in Music Therapy , and MUSC 29500 - Adv Practicum in Music Therapy , each for .25 course credit; MUSC 39200 - Psychology of Music I  and MUSC 39300 - Research Seminar in Music Therapy , each for .5 course credit; and MUSC 39400 - Program Development and Administration In Music Therapy  and MUSC 41000 - Music Therapy Internship , .25 course credit, a six-month, full-time clinical experience at a facility approved by the American Music Therapy Association.
  4. MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (.5 course)
    MUSC 28000 - Intro to Music Technology  or MUSC 28001 - Introduction to Recording and Production  
  5. PERFORMANCE (5.5 courses)
    1. Group Music (0.75 course credit)
      Six semesters (.125 course credit per semester per group) of participation in group music, including two semesters of participation in Wooster Singers or Wooster Chorus, and four semesters of participation-in the major instrument or voice-in the most appropriate of the following major ensembles: Band, Orchestra, Chorus, or Wooster Singers.
    2. Class Instruments and Voice (1.25 courses)
      MUSC 17000 - Class Voice , MUSC 17700 - Class Percussion Instruments , MUSC 17800 - Functional Guitar , and  MUSC 37000 - Vocal Pedagogy 
    3. Applied Music (3.5 courses)
      The remainder is to be taken in performance areas ( MUSC 12001  - MUSC 14000 , MUSC 22001  - MUSC 24000 , MUSC 32100 - MUSC 34001) depending upon the pre-college preparation of the student. Each student is required to give a half recital of 25-30 minutes of music in either the junior or senior year. The recital is to be performed after a successful jury examination covering preparation and competence.
  6. CLASS PIANO (1 course credit)
    MUSC 18100 - Class Piano MUSC 18200 - Class Piano II MUSC 18300 - Class Piano III MUSC 18400 - Class Piano IV Please note: Students with prior significant keyboard experience may be able to test out of some or all of this requirement; in this case, the number of music electives should be increased accordingly to reach the total required credits in Music.
  7. RECITAL ATTENDANCE (4 semesters)
    MUSC 09900 - Recital Attendance. Four semesters required; see Music Handbook for details.

Music Double Degree

Double Degree: Bachelor of Music or Music Education and Bachelor of Arts

A double degree enables students to make connections among fields that can enrich the study of each and expand career opportunities. Full double-counting of requirements for the two degrees is allowed. Upon graduation, the student will receive two diplomas and will participate in one Commencement ceremony. In most cases, completion of a double degree will require five years. Interested students should confer with the chairperson of the Department of Music and must have written approval from the Dean for Curriculum and Academic Engagement. Students who wish to pursue a double degree must declare their intention to do so no later than October 1 of the junior year.

Graduate and Professional Dual Degree

The College has established formal programs with several leading universities to provide students with the opportunity to pursue a liberal arts degree from Wooster in conjunction with a graduate/professional degree from the other institution. These programs provide students with a rich liberal arts experience that focuses upon a dynamic understanding of multiple disciplines, independent and collaborative inquiry, global engagement, and social responsibilities and facilitate their progress towards a graduate or professional degree.

Graduate or professional programs in medicine, dentistry, law, physical therapy, engineering, nursing, architecture, and forestry and environmental studies are examples of eligible programs that may be approved. The Dean for Curriculum and Academic Engagement determines which graduate and professional programs are consistent with a Wooster baccalaureate degree and will set conditions for awarding the degree. The conditions for participation in a dual degree program are provided in the Catalogue under Pre-Professional and Dual Degree Programs .