A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Bachelor of Music "Plus"

with Non-Music Elective Studies 

This degree is titled Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) with Elective Studies, and is a unique option for students who want a Bachelor of Music degree but who also have strong interest in other disciplines.  Completing a minimum of eighteen credit hours in an academic area (or explicit combination of areas) outside of music, students in the B.Mus. "Plus" program are preparing for service in fields such as Music Ministry and Worship, Missions, Recording Arts, and more.  In the B.Mus. "Plus" program, students can:

  • Minor in most disciplines, with other electives
  • Double minor
  • Complete major-level coursework in many disciplines within the 33 elective hours

These studies must include the minor in any discipline for which Houghton offers an academic minor.  Multi- or cross-disciplinary areas of elective study may also be proposed by petition, depending upon the interests of the student.  Elective possibilities for the curriculum include: 

  • Religion/theology (music in Christian Worship)
  • Intercultural studies (world music, music & missions)
  • Natural sciences (strong music + medical)
  • Business (music business)
  • Psychology and or recreation (music therapy graduate studies)
  • Communication (media studies)
  • Humanities (individual interests)

Degree Requirements, 129 credit hours

This program explicitly permits studies in any academic area (or explicit combination) that comprises a minimum of eighteen hours.  If the student elects to complete all major coursework in a discipline, the designation "Major-Level Elective Studies in Discipline Name" will be appropriate.  If the elective course-work constitutes a smaller portion, the designation "Elective Studies in Discipline Name" will be used.

Music Requirements*60
Applied Music 15
Music in Christian Perspective: 2
Music Theory/El Comp. 14
Aural Skills 4
Music History & Literature 10
Conducting 2
Music Ensemble Lab ea. Sem. (7-8) 0
Practical keyboard through Level IV 0-4
Music Electives 6-13
Laboratory Major Ensemble 0
Capstone 0-3
Integrative Studies (IS)‡ (Liberal Arts)36
Elective Studies§ (non-music)up to 33

§ Elective Studies

  • Possibilities for the curriculum:
    • Minor in most disciplines, with other electives
    • Double minor
    • Major-level coursework in many disciplines could be completed within the 33 elective hours
  • Any discipline(s):  Minimum 18 hours in any one discipline, must include the academic minor in any discipline offering a minor
  • Possible affinity disciplines:
    • Religion/theology (music in Christian Worship)
    • Intercultural studies (world music, music & missions)
    • Natural sciences (strong music + medical)
    • Business (music business)
    • Psychology and or recreation (music therapy grad studies)
    • Communication (media studies)
    • Humanities (individual interests)