Minor Requirements at a Glance

MUS 201 or MUS 202; MUS 205; four consecutive semesters in choral or wind ensemble; three courses from the department's offerings numbered MUS 221 and above; and successful completion of the senior music presentation.
Students can visit the courses page to view course descriptions and get more information. Music minors should work with their adviser to find out when courses are available as some required courses are available only once in a two-year cycle. Senior project proposals must be submitted in writing a semester in advance to the music faculty for approval. Students should keep track of their progress using the checklist below.

Minor Checklist

Declaring the Minor
 Students who wish to minor in music must add a music professor as an advisor of record in WebAdvisor
Coursework (5 courses)

  • MUS 201 OR 202, History of Western Music
  • o MUS 201 Antiquity through the Baroque
  • o MUS 202 Age of Enlightenment into Twenty-First Century
  • MUS 205 Music Theory
  • o Note: Students must pass a basic skills test or take MUS 204, Music Theory Fundamentals, before taking MUS 205 and 206

Three courses at or above MUS 200

  • o MUS 221, Music and Theatre
  • o MUS 231, Beethoven
  • o MUS 245, Music and the Natural Environment
  • o MUS 251, Jazz History
  • o MUS 255/256, Topics in Music
  • o MUS 261, American Music
  • o Note: MUS 204 does not fulfill this requirement
  • o Note: Intersession courses normally do NOT count towards the Major and Minor

Senior Minor Capstone
□ Although Minors are not required to take MUS 400 Music Seminar, they must complete a senior capstone project.  This project make take many forms—a partial or full recital, a paper and presentation, a portfolio, etc. The type of capstone experience depends on the focus of the student’s music study.  The student should work closely with their music faculty advisor to determine what type of capstone would be appropriate and how to design it, submitting a proposal no later than the end of the semester before presenting it.  Note that recitals are only an option for students who have completed 4 semesters of private lessons in addition to their ensemble requirement.  The capstone project must include elements from 3 out of the 4 areas of music taught at W&J: History, Theory, Applied Music, and World Music.


  • Four consecutive semesters in an ensemble
  • o MUA 101, W&J Choir
  • o MUA 111, Wind Ensemble
  • o MUA 211, Camerata Singers
  • o MUA 215, Jazz Ensemble
  • o MUA 217 Chamber Ensemble