Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Theory

Musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory studies at BGSU help students grow in their exploration of music history, jazz, popular music and world music by studying a range of historical contexts, cultural theory, analytical techniques, styles, sources, and genres.

Undergraduate degrees in World Music and Music History & Literature are intended for students who are interested in these academic areas and who wish to prepare themselves for graduate school or work in museums, arts organizations, or other related fields. Master’s degrees in Music History and Ethnomusicology allow students to pursue detailed work that prepares them for Ph. D. programs in either musicology or ethnomusicology.

Degrees and Programs

The graduate programs require seminars in a variety of topics and methodologies, one foreign language, comprehensive exams and a thesis. Qualified students may also take studio lessons and courses in BGSU’s Department of Popular Culture, Ethnic Studies, History, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and elsewhere across campus. In addition to BGSU's bands, choirs, orchestra programs, students in both undergraduate and graduate programs also participate in the department's small ensembles that focus on a diverse musical periods and traditions. These include the Afro-Caribbean, Balinese Gamelan, New Music, Early Music, Taiko, and Steel Drum ensembles.