Two elective courses must be completed for the Major in addition to the requirements in specific areas. These can be Music courses, or introductory courses in Anthropology or American Studies. Some of the following courses are not yet listed in the catalog as possible electives, but they may be used with faculty permission.
MUSIC 310 -14 – any of the five World Culture Through Music courses may be taken as an elective, in addition to the three that are required.
MUSIC 299 – Special Topics in Music
This course is a variable topics course indicated by the current course schedule. Typical areas of study might be (but not limited to) selected periods of music within the Western Classical tradition, or some other areas of music related study. By its very nature, this course will be more focused than other 200 level courses. (3 credits) Fall, Spring
MUSIC 430 – Special Topics in Music
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing
Investigates the various social and cultural forces which have shaped the personalities and the music of some of the important composers of European, American, and non-Western music. Sections focus on one of these three areas; focus is noted in the section listing. (3 credits) Fall, Spring
MUSIC 161 – The Art of Rock and Roll
This course explores the history, music, and cultural impact of rock and roll from the 1940s to the present. In involves the student in critical listening and analysis of the fundamental elements of music and technology used in the changing styles of rock and roll. (3 credits) Fall, Spring
MUSIC 121 – Evolution of Jazz
This Course offers a study of stylistic trends in Jazz from West Africa through the swing era to the contemporary styles. (3 credits) Fall, Spring
ANTHROPOLOGY 100 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology examines the diversity of beliefs, values, structures and practices in the vast range of human social life in the contemporary world. This course introduces the principal concepts, methods and ethics that anthropologists employ to study culture and cross-cultural diversity by engaging ethnographic case studies, films and practical research exercises. Specific topics may include economic adaptation, political organization, kinship, gender, ethnicity, language, art religion and issues in applied anthropology. (3 credits) Fall, Spring
AMERICAN STUDIES 100 – Introduction to the American Experience
This course will consider the American experience in its various forms, both past and present with an eye toward understanding the impact of the American diversity on individual members of the community as well as the community’s impact on American life itself. It will consider the American experience, taking into account both the diversifying and unifying aspects of the culture. This course will also offer an introduction to the American Studies content, theory and methodology, with particular emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature of the field. (3 credits)