All undergraduate enrollments require School of Music approval. Entering first-year and transfer students who plan to major in music must be accepted into a performance area through audition either in person or by recording before they register. All entering students must complete the online theory diagnostic examination for MUS:1201 Musicianship and Theory I and a piano proficiency exam to determine appropriate placement in related courses.

Transfer students admitted to the School of Music must complete a minimum of one year of applied music (lower or upper level) and one year of major ensemble at the University of Iowa in order to earn a degree in music. Transfer students who have not completed the equivalent of the four-semester sequence of Musicianship and Theory I-IV (MUS:1201, MUS:1202, MUS:2203, and MUS:2204) must complete a theory diagnostic exam to determine appropriate placement in the musicianship and theory sequence. Transfer students who have not completed the equivalent of two semesters of class piano or a piano proficiency exam must meet piano proficiency requirements at the University of Iowa.

Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Music Graduates

The Bachelor of Music degree is the primary professional degree in music, and it emphasizes the development of the skills, concepts, and sensitivities essential to the professional life of the musician. Bachelor of Music students in performance programs develop comprehensive capabilities in the major-performing medium and the ability to integrate musical knowledge and performance skills in preparation for entering the profession or advanced study in graduate school.

All graduates of the Bachelor of Music program in music will be able to demonstrate the following.

  • Performance. Students will acquire the ability to sight read, reach technical proficiency, apply historically and stylistically informed performance practices, gain a broad knowledge of the repertoire of their performance area, perform a cross-section of that repertoire, and gain collaborative skills through ensemble experiences.
  • Keyboard Competency. Students will acquire the functional ability to play piano, including the ability to perform major and minor scales, arpeggios, and chord progressions in all keys; and to harmonize melodies, transpose, and improvise.
  • Conducting, Leadership, and Collaboration. Students will acquire the ability to work as leaders and in collaboration on matters of musical preparation, rehearsal techniques, and interpretation. Students will demonstrate competent conducting technique.
  • Musical Repertoire and Style. Students will acquire a basic knowledge of music history and repertoire through the present; an acquaintance with repertories beyond the area of specialization; the ability to place music in historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts; and the ability to write and speak about music history and style in a coherent manner.
  • Music Theory, Analysis, and Compositional Processes. Students will acquire aural skills sufficient to hear melodic, rhythmic, harmonic, and formal elements of music; analytical skills sufficient to understand the melodic, rhythmic, harmonic, and formal elements of music; knowledge of basic compositional techniques; and the ability to write and speak about musical processes in a coherent manner.

Teacher Education Program Graduates

All graduates of the Teacher Education Program will be able to:

  • demonstrate competent conducting, and musical leadership of performing groups and in general classroom situations;
  • apply knowledge of analytical and historical knowledge to curriculum development, lesson planning, and daily classroom and performance activities;
  • demonstrate the ability to arrange and adapt music from a variety of sources to meet the needs and ability levels of individuals and groups;
  • demonstrate functional performance abilities in keyboard, voice, and instruments appropriate to the teaching specialization;
  • demonstrate pedagogical skills appropriate to the area of specialization sufficient to teach students individually and in groups; and
  • demonstrate knowledge and skills in student learning, diverse learning, planning instruction, instructional strategies, the learning environment, communication, assessment and evaluation, collaboration, ethics, and relationships.

Bachelor of Music in Composition Graduates

In addition to the learning outcomes listed above, all graduates of the Bachelor of Music in composition will:

  • demonstrate the ability to compose solo, chamber, vocal, and electronic music;
  • acquire a basic knowledge of acoustics; and
  • demonstrate the ability to use technologies applicable to musical composition, such as sound synthesis, recording and processing, and computer notation.

Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy Graduates

The undergraduate music therapy program provides the required academic and clinical coursework necessary to become professionally certified as a music therapist. The program, which is approved by the American Music Therapy Association, prepares students to pass the Certification Board for Music Therapists national exam, which is required for entry-level music therapy positions.

In addition to the learning outcomes listed above, all graduates of the Bachelor of Music in music therapy will display:

  • Functional musical and arranging skills in voice, keyboard, guitar, and percussion to accompany self and group singing, with basic repertory of traditional, folk, popular songs in several keys, with and without written music.
  • Knowledge of basic principles of human development, exceptionality, psychopathology, principles of therapy, and the therapeutic relationship.
  • Knowledge of basic principles of music therapy including history and philosophy; the psychological, physiological, and sociological bases for the use of music as therapy; music therapy techniques and materials and their application with various client populations.
  • Knowledge of various client populations, the therapeutic process (client assessment, treatment planning, therapeutic implementation, evaluation, and documentation of progress); knowledge of research methods and ability to interpret research findings.
  • Knowledge of professional issues (standards, ethics, interdisciplinary collaboration, supervision, and administration).
  • Clinical skills with a variety of client populations to enable students to function as entry-level music therapists. Students will acquire knowledge of the technological developments applicable to the field of music therapy.

The Bachelor of Music requires a minimum of 120 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core.

The program offers concentrations in composition, music therapy, and performance. Students seeking licensure/certification in music education or music therapy should enroll in the B.M. program.

Many students earn more than 120 s.h. in fulfilling the requirements for their majors—for instance, those who choose the music therapy concentration or seek teacher certification. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences maximum hours rule does not apply to the Bachelor of Music, so B.M. students may count more than 56 s.h. of coursework in music toward the degree.

To register for MUS:1201 Musicianship and Theory I, students also must register for MUS:1211 Group Instruction in Piano I or already have completed that course or have been exempted from it by proficiency exam. To register for MUS:1202 Musicianship and Theory II, students also must register for MUS:1212 Group Instruction in Piano II or already have completed that course or have been exempted from it by proficiency exam. Transfer students should complete the group piano requirement during their first year in residence unless they are exempted by proficiency exam.

Six semesters of MUS:1210 Recital Attendance are required for all B.M. students, except music therapy students, who are required to take four semesters. Transfer students should plan to enroll in this course each of their remaining semesters, or until the requirement is met.

To complete the senior recital, students must have achieved upper-level applied status or be enrolled in upper-level applied music courses (see "Applied Music" below). Music therapy students may complete a senior recital or a senior research project. Composition students substitute MUS:4910 Bachelor's Thesis for the senior recital. The senior recital, research project, or thesis must be completed at the University of Iowa.

Applied Music

Students must complete four years of applied music. Instruction is provided on two levels, lower and upper. Students must achieve upper-level status before they may present their senior recital. Readiness for upper-level applied music is determined by a jury examination in the area. The eighth semester of applied music may be waived for students who have successfully completed a senior recital, are enrolled in the Teacher Education Program (TEP), and are student teaching. Students are allowed a maximum of six semesters (not including summer) in lower-level applied instruction. Those who want to continue lessons beyond the maximum allowable lower-level registration must do so under the nonmajor category.

Composition students are required to take 6 s.h. of lower-level applied music and 2 s.h. of secondary piano.

Music therapy students who complete a senior research project rather than a senior recital are required to take three years of lower-level applied music.

Ensemble Participation

Students must complete eight semesters of major ensemble participation. They normally enroll in a major ensemble during consecutive semesters, beginning early in their degree work, to ensure timely completion of the requirement. Ensemble assignments are made at the discretion of the major teacher and ensemble director. String students participate in University Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Wind and percussion students participate in Symphony Band, Concert Band, and University Band. Voice students participate in Camerata Singers, University Choir, Kantorei, and Women's Chorale. Keyboard students may substitute accompaniment for major ensemble participation for two semesters during their junior and/or senior years, with their major applied-music teacher's consent. Composition students may, with their advisor's consent, substitute two semesters of other ensembles during their junior and/or senior year.

Music therapy students who complete a senior research project rather than a senior recital are required to complete 6 s.h. of major ensemble participation.

Any student who wants to request adjustment of the major ensemble requirement must submit a request in writing to a review committee consisting of the ensemble director(s) involved, the studio instructor, and the associate director for undergraduate studies.

Major ensembles are as follows.

MUS:1176Women's Chorale1
MUS:3160Symphony Band/Concert Band1
MUS:3170Kantorei1
MUS:3172Camerata Singers1
MUS:3174University Choir1
MUS:3180Orchestra1

Electives

Students may take advanced electives in performance (including chamber music and piano accompaniment), theory, composition, music education, music therapy, music history, diverse music cultures, music literature, conducting, and orchestration.

Concentration Areas

Composition Concentration

Applicants to the composition concentration must submit a portfolio of creative work to the composition faculty for evaluation and acceptance into the program. Students who wish to prepare a portfolio may register for MUS:1139 Secondary Performance - Composition.

The composition concentration requires the following coursework.

Musicianship

The composition concentration is open to students who have been admitted to a performance area in the School of Music.

All of these (completed before admission to the composition concentration):
MUS:1201Musicianship and Theory I4
MUS:1202Musicianship and Theory II4
MUS:2203Musicianship and Theory III4
MUS:2204Musicianship and Theory IV4
Then, these:
MUS:1210Recital Attendance (taken six semesters for 1 s.h. each)6
MUS:1211Group Instruction in Piano I (or piano placement exam)1
MUS:1212Group Instruction in Piano II (or piano placement exam)1
MUS:2301History of Western Music I3
MUS:2302History of Western Music II3
MUS:3625Techniques of Conducting2

Diverse Musical Cultures

One of these:
MUS:1009Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad3
MUS:1310World Music3
MUS:1720History of Jazz3
MUS:2311/LAS:2311Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3

Performance (Applied Music/Ensembles)

All of these:
MUS:1121Secondary Performance - Piano (taken two semesters for 1 s.h. each)2
Lower-level applied lessons (prefix MUS) numbered at the 2000 level (maximum of six semesters for 12 s.h. total)6
Major ensemble music courses (prefix MUS)8

Composition Requirements

All of these:
MUS:2220Composition (taken for at least four semesters for 2 s.h. each)8
MUS:3230Composition Seminar1
MUS:4250Composition: Electronic Media I3
MUS:4910Bachelor's Thesis1

The course MUS:4910 Bachelor's Thesis consists of one or more compositions, approved by a committee of three faculty members, and performed in regularly scheduled School of Music recitals.

Required Supportive Courses

One of these:
MUS:4200Counterpoint Before 16003
MUS:4201Counterpoint After 16003
This course:
MUS:5236Post-Tonal Analysis3

Electives

Students complete 6 s.h. of music coursework (prefix MUS) except for those courses that are closed to music majors. If students took either MUS:4200 Counterpoint Before 1600 or MUS:4201 Counterpoint After 1600 as a required supportive course above, they cannot use it as an elective.

The courses MUS:3190 Center for New Music Ensemble and MUS:4251 Composition: Electronic Media II are recommended for composition concentration students.

Music Therapy Concentration

Admission to the music therapy concentration is based on successful completion (grade of C-plus or higher) in MUS:1687 Orientation to Music Therapy. Students must earn a B-minus or higher in all remaining music therapy core courses. In addition to the core courses in music therapy listed below, specific courses are required in biology, anatomy, psychology, and music.

A six-month, full time internship in an American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) approved off-campus clinical facility is required for completion of the degree. There are a limited number of approved music therapy internships in the Iowa City area, and many internship placements require relocation to a different city. Students are eligible to begin applying for their internship one year prior to the start of the internship. Securing an internship typically involves completing application materials, interviewing on site or via electronic platform, and demonstrating musical competencies. Students are not automatically placed in internships, but must work with the clinical advisor to select and apply for appropriate programs. Following successful completion of the internship, students are eligible to take the board certification examination in music therapy. This exam is offered through the Certification Board for Music Therapists and leads to national board certification as a music therapist, with the credential music therapist-board certified (MT-BC).

Since music therapists work with vulnerable populations, the School of Music is required to run a criminal background check on all students when they begin their clinical experiences. Criminal convictions could negatively impact a student's ability to continue in the music therapy program and/or gain placement at an internship site. For more information, contact the director of the music therapy program.

The music therapy concentration requires the following coursework.

Musicianship

All of these (completed before admission to the music therapy concentration):
MUS:1201Musicianship and Theory I4
MUS:1202Musicianship and Theory II4
MUS:2203Musicianship and Theory III4
MUS:2204Musicianship and Theory IV4
Then, these:
MUS:1210Recital Attendance (taken four semesters for 1 s.h. each)4
MUS:1211Group Instruction in Piano I (or piano placement exam)1
MUS:1212Group Instruction in Piano II (or piano placement exam)1
MUS:2213Group Instruction in Piano III1
MUS:2301History of Western Music I3
MUS:2302History of Western Music II3

Performance (Applied Music/Ensembles)

All of these are required for clinical option students:
MUS:1120Secondary Performance - Voice1
MUS:4675Senior Project in Music Therapy1
Lower-level applied lessons (prefix MUS) numbered at the 2000 level12
Major ensemble music courses (prefix MUS; taken six times for 1 s.h. each)6
Additional music performance electives such as Afro-Cuban ensemble, steel band, secondary percussion lessons, secondary piano, additional secondary voice4
All of these required for performance option students:
MUS:1120Secondary Performance - Voice (not required for performance--voice students)1
MUS:1510Diction for Singers I (required for performance--voice students)2
MUS:2510Diction for Singers II (required for performance--voice students)2
MUS:4900Senior Recital1
Lower-level applied music lessons (prefix MUS) numbered at the 2000 level8
Upper-level applied music lessons (prefix MUS) numbered at the 3000 level 8
Major ensemble music courses (prefix MUS; taken eight times for 1 s.h. each)8

Music Therapy Requirements

All of these:
MUS:1687Orientation to Music Therapy2
MUS:3675Music Therapy Practicum (section 1 taken twice for 2 s.h. each and section 2 taken once for 1 s.h.)5
MUS:3680Music in Special Education3
MUS:3690Music Therapy with Adults3
MUS:4670Internship in Music Therapy (minimum of 2 s.h.)2,12
MUS:4685Music Therapy with Children3
EDTL:4630/MUS:4630Psychology of Music2
EDTL:4640Introduction to Music Research2
4 s.h. from these:
MUS:2671Music Foundations in Therapy I2
MUS:2672Music Foundations in Therapy II2
MUS:3676Percussion Experience for Teachers and Therapists1

Required Supportive Courses

Both of these:
PSY:2930Abnormal Psychology: Health Professions3
PSY:3320Abnormal Psychology3
One of these:
DANC:1085Introduction to Afro-Caribbean Dance Techniques2
MUS:3850/DANC:3850/DPA:3850/THTR:3850Introduction to Laban Movement Studies2-3
MUS:3851/DANC:3851/DPA:3851Introduction to the Alexander Technique3
One of these:
MUS:1121Secondary Performance - Piano1
MUS:3001Introduction to Jazz Improvisation3
One of these:
MUS:1007Garage Band: The Basics2
MUS:3665Arranging for Band2-3
One of these:
PSQF:4106Child Development3
PSY:2401Introduction to Developmental Science3
One of these:
CSD:1015Introduction to Speech and Hearing Processes and Disorders2
CSD:2140Manual Communication1
PSQF:1075Educational Psychology and Measurement3
PSY:2301Introduction to Clinical Psychology3
PSY:2601Introduction to Cognitive Psychology3
PSY:2701Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience4
RCE:4178Microcounseling1,3
RCE:4199Counseling for Related Professions3
SSW:1800/ASP:1800/CSD:1800/NURS:1800/TR:1800Aging Matters: Introduction to Gerontology3
Clinical option students take 4 s.h. from these:
MUS:1120Secondary Performance - Voice1
MUS:1121Secondary Performance - Piano1
MUS:1137Secondary Performance - Percussion1
MUS:3163Intermediate Steel Band1
Other courses approved by advisor

Music therapy students who elect the senior recital/performance option must take four years of applied music and attain upper-level status; they also must take 8 s.h. of major ensemble participation. Vocal majors choosing this option also must take MUS:1510 Diction for Singers I and MUS:2510 Diction for Singers II.

Music therapy students who elect the senior project/clinical option must take three years of applied music and 6 s.h. of major ensemble. They also must take an additional 4 s.h. of music performance courses in areas such as MUS:1120 Secondary Performance - VoiceMUS:1121 Secondary Performance - PianoMUS:1137 Secondary Performance - Percussion, MUS:3163 Intermediate Steel Band, or other courses approved by the advisor.

In order to satisfy national certification requirements, all music therapy students must fulfill certain GE CLAS Core requirements with specific courses. Students should consult their music therapy advisor before selecting GE CLAS Core courses.

Performance—Brass/Woodwind Concentration

The performance—brass/woodwind concentration requires the following coursework.

Musicianship

All of these (completed before admission to the performance—brass/woodwind concentration):
MUS:1201Musicianship and Theory I4
MUS:1202Musicianship and Theory II4
MUS:2203Musicianship and Theory III4
MUS:2204Musicianship and Theory IV4
Then, these:
MUS:1210Recital Attendance (taken six semesters for 1 s.h. each)6
MUS:1211Group Instruction in Piano I (or piano placement exam)1
MUS:1212Group Instruction in Piano II (or piano placement exam)1
MUS:2301History of Western Music I3
MUS:2302History of Western Music II3
MUS:3625Techniques of Conducting2

Diverse Musical Cultures

One of these:
MUS:1009Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad3
MUS:1310World Music3
MUS:1720History of Jazz3
MUS:2311/LAS:2311Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3

Performance (Applied Music/Ensembles)

All of these:
MUS:3160Symphony Band/Concert Band (taken eight semesters for 1 s.h. each)8
MUS:4900Senior Recital1
Lower-level applied lessons (prefix MUS) numbered at the 2000 level (maximum of six semesters for 12 s.h. total)8
Upper-level applied lessons (prefix MUS) numbered at the 3000 level8

Theory-Based Courses

3 s.h. from these:
MUS:2206Form and Analysis3
MUS:3001Introduction to Jazz Improvisation3
MUS:3665Arranging for Band2-3
MUS:3710Intermediate Jazz Improvisation2
MUS:4200Counterpoint Before 16003
MUS:4201Counterpoint After 16003
MUS:4210Keyboard Harmony1-2
MUS:4710Advanced Jazz Improvisation2
MUS:4730Jazz Theory (when topic is at the piano)3
MUS:4750Transcription2

Brass/Woodwind Area Requirement

This course:
MUS:3485Wind Chamber Music1

Electives

Students complete 17 s.h. of music coursework (prefix MUS) except for those courses that are closed to music majors.

These courses are recommended for wind majors.

MUS:3140Audition Repertoire1
MUS:3180Orchestra1
MUS:3182Chamber Orchestra1
MUS:3485Wind Chamber Music1-2

These music education courses may be taken as music electives by brass/woodwind concentration students pursuing teacher licensure.

MUS:3635/EDTL:3635Instrumental Conducting3
EDTL:3605/MUS:3605Instrumental Techniques2
EDTL:3620Methods and Materials: General Music3

Performance—Jazz Concentration

The performance—jazz concentration requires the following coursework.

Musicianship

Both of these (completed before admission to the performance—jazz concentration):
MUS:1201Musicianship and Theory I4
MUS:1202Musicianship and Theory II4
Then, these:
MUS:1210Recital Attendance (taken six semesters for 1 s.h. each)6
MUS:1211Group Instruction in Piano I (or piano placement exam)1
MUS:1212Group Instruction in Piano II (or piano placement exam)1
MUS:1711Jazz Rhythms and Interpretation I1
MUS:1712Jazz Rhythms and Interpretation II1
MUS:3001Introduction to Jazz Improvisation3
MUS:3710Intermediate Jazz Improvisation2
MUS:3760Jazz Band Techniques1
MUS:4730Jazz Theory3

Diverse Musical Cultures

One of these:
MUS:1310World Music3
MUS:2301History of Western Music I3
MUS:2302History of Western Music II3
MUS:2311/LAS:2311Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3

Performance (Applied Music/Ensembles)

All of these:
MUS:3730Jazz Band (taken six semesters for 1 s.h. each)6
MUS:3740Small Jazz Ensembles (taken six semesters for 1 s.h. each)6
MUS:4710Advanced Jazz Improvisation (taken three semesters for 2 s.h. each)6
MUS:4750Transcription2
MUS:4900Senior Recital1
Lower-level applied lessons (prefix MUS) numbered at the 2000 level (maximum of six semesters for 12 s.h. total)8

Jazz Area Requirements

All of these:
MUS:3665Arranging for Band2
MUS:3780Audio Recording I3
MUS:4760Jazz Composition and Arranging2
AFAM:1020/AMST:1030Introduction to African American Culture3
ENTR:2000Entrepreneurship and Innovation3

Electives

Students complete 9 s.h. of music coursework (prefix MUS) except for those courses that are closed to music majors.

These courses are recommended for jazz majors.

MUS:1007Garage Band: The Basics2
MUS:3140Audition Repertoire1
MUS:3990Special Studies1-4

Performance—Organ Concentration

The performance—organ concentration requires the following coursework.

Musicianship

All of these (completed before admission to the performance—organ concentration):
MUS:1201Musicianship and Theory I4
MUS:1202Musicianship and Theory II4
MUS:2203Musicianship and Theory III4
MUS:2204Musicianship and Theory IV4
Then, these:
MUS:1210Recital Attendance (taken six semesters for 1 s.h. each)6
MUS:2301History of Western Music I3
MUS:2302History of Western Music II3
MUS:3625Techniques of Conducting2

Diverse Musical Cultures

One of these:
MUS:1009Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad3
MUS:1310World Music3
MUS:1720History of Jazz3
MUS:2311/LAS:2311Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3

Performance (Applied Music/Ensembles)

All of these:
MUS:2022Lower Level Organ (maximum of six semesters for 12 s.h. total)8
MUS:3022Upper Level Organ8
MUS:4900Senior Recital1
Major ensemble music courses (prefix MUS; taken eight times for 1 s.h. each)8

Theory-Based Courses

3 s.h. from these:
MUS:2206Form and Analysis3
MUS:3001Introduction to Jazz Improvisation3
MUS:3665Arranging for Band2-3
MUS:3710Intermediate Jazz Improvisation2
MUS:4200Counterpoint Before 16003
MUS:4201Counterpoint After 16003
MUS:4210Keyboard Harmony1-2
MUS:4710Advanced Jazz Improvisation2
MUS:4730Jazz Theory (when topic is at the piano)3
MUS:4750Transcription2

Organ Area Requirements

All of these:
MUS:4450Organ Literature Survey (taken two semesters for 2 s.h. each)4
MUS:4452Liturgics2
MUS:4454Service Playing and Improvisation2

Electives

Students complete 10 s.h. of music coursework (prefix MUS) except for those courses that are closed to music majors.

These courses are recommended for organ majors.

MUS:5450History of Organ Building and Design2-3
MUS:5452Organ Pedagogy2
MUS:5475Organ Literature Special Topics2

Performance—Percussion Concentration

The performance—percussion concentration requires the following coursework.

Musicianship

All of these (completed before admission to the performance—percussion concentration
MUS:1201Musicianship and Theory I4
MUS:1202Musicianship and Theory II4
MUS:2203Musicianship and Theory III4
MUS:2204Musicianship and Theory IV4
Then, these:
MUS:1210Recital Attendance (taken six semesters for 1 s.h. each)6
MUS:1211Group Instruction in Piano I (or piano placement exam)1
MUS:1212Group Instruction in Piano II (or piano placement exam)1
MUS:2301History of Western Music I3
MUS:2302History of Western Music II3
MUS:3625Techniques of Conducting2

Diverse Musical Cultures

One of these:
MUS:1009Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad3
MUS:1310World Music3
MUS:1720History of Jazz3
MUS:2311/LAS:2311Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3

Performance (Applied Music/Ensembles)

All of these:
MUS:2037Lower Level Percussion (maximum of six semesters for 12 s.h. total)8
MUS:3037Upper Level Percussion8
MUS:3160Symphony Band/Concert Band (taken eight semesters for 1 s.h. each)8
MUS:4900Senior Recital1

Theory-Based Courses

3 s.h. from these:
MUS:2206Form and Analysis3
MUS:3001Introduction to Jazz Improvisation3
MUS:3665Arranging for Band2-3
MUS:3710Intermediate Jazz Improvisation2
MUS:4200Counterpoint Before 16003
MUS:4201Counterpoint After 16003
MUS:4210Keyboard Harmony1-2
MUS:4710Advanced Jazz Improvisation2
MUS:4730Jazz Theory (when topic is at the piano)3
MUS:4750Transcription2

Percussion Area Requirements

Both of these:
MUS:3150Percussion Ensemble/Steel Band (taken six semesters for 1 s.h. each)6
MUS:3163Intermediate Steel Band (taken two semesters for 1 s.h. each)2

Electives

Students complete 10 s.h. of music coursework (prefix MUS) except for those courses that are closed to music majors.

These courses are recommended for percussion majors.

MUS:3140Audition Repertoire1
MUS:3180Orchestra1
MUS:3182Chamber Orchestra1
MUS:3730Jazz Band1
MUS:3740Small Jazz Ensembles1
MUS:5130Advanced Percussion Pedagogy and Literature2

These music education courses may be taken as music electives by percussion concentration students pursuing teacher licensure.

EDTL:3605/MUS:3605Instrumental Techniques2
EDTL:3620Methods and Materials: General Music3
EDTL:3635/MUS:3635Instrumental Conducting3

Performance—Piano Concentration

The performance—piano concentration requires the following coursework.

Musicianship

All of these (completed before admission to the performance—piano concentration):
MUS:1201Musicianship and Theory I4
MUS:1202Musicianship and Theory II4
MUS:2203Musicianship and Theory III4
MUS:2204Musicianship and Theory IV4
Then, these:
MUS:1210Recital Attendance (taken six semesters for 1 s.h. each)6
MUS:2301History of Western Music I3
MUS:2302History of Western Music II3
MUS:3625Techniques of Conducting2

Diverse Musical Cultures

One of these:
MUS:1009Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad3
MUS:1310World Music3
MUS:1720History of Jazz3
MUS:2311/LAS:2311Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3

Performance (Applied Music/Ensembles)

All of these:
MUS:2021Lower Level Piano (maximum of six semesters for 12 s.h. total)8
MUS:3021Upper Level Piano8
MUS:4900Senior Recital1
Major ensemble music courses (prefix MUS) taken eight times for 1 s.h. each; keyboard majors may substitute piano accompaniment for major ensemble participation for a maximum of two semesters during their junior and/or senior years with advisor consent8

Theory-Based Courses

3 s.h. from these:
MUS:2206Form and Analysis3
MUS:3001Introduction to Jazz Improvisation3
MUS:3665Arranging for Band2-3
MUS:3710Intermediate Jazz Improvisation2
MUS:4200Counterpoint Before 16003
MUS:4201Counterpoint After 16003
MUS:4710Advanced Jazz Improvisation2
MUS:4730Jazz Theory (when topic is at the piano)3
MUS:4750Transcription2

Piano Area Requirements

Both of these:
MUS:3400Methods of Teaching Piano2
MUS:3481Piano Chamber Music1-2
One of these:
MUS:2213Group Instruction in Piano III1
MUS:4730Jazz Theory (when topic is at the piano)3

Electives

Students complete 13 s.h. of music coursework (prefix MUS) except for those courses that are closed to music majors.

These courses are recommended for piano majors.

MUS:5400Piano Pedagogy I2
MUS:5401Piano Pedagogy II2
MUS:5410Piano Literature I2
MUS:5411Piano Literature II2

These music education courses may be taken as music electives by piano concentration students pursuing teacher licensure.

MUS:3605/EDTL:3605Instrumental Techniques2
MUS:3635/EDTL:3635Instrumental Conducting3
EDTL:3620Methods and Materials: General Music3
EDTL:3640/MUS:3640Choral Methods3
EDTL:3645/MUS:3645Choral Conducting and Literature3

Performance—String Concentration

The performance—string concentration requires the following coursework.

Musicianship

All of these (completed before admission to the performance—string concentration):
MUS:1201Musicianship and Theory I4
MUS:1202Musicianship and Theory II4
MUS:2203Musicianship and Theory III4
MUS:2204Musicianship and Theory IV4
Then, these:
MUS:1210Recital Attendance (taken six semesters for 1 s.h. each)6
MUS:1211Group Instruction in Piano I (or piano placement exam)1
MUS:1212Group Instruction in Piano II (or piano placement exam)1
MUS:2301History of Western Music I3
MUS:2302History of Western Music II3
MUS:3625Techniques of Conducting2

Diverse Musical Cultures

One of these:
MUS:1009Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad3
MUS:1310World Music3
MUS:1720History of Jazz3
MUS:2311/LAS:2311Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3

Performance (Applied Music/Ensembles)

All of these:
MUS:3180Orchestra (taken eight semesters for 1 s.h. each)8
MUS:4900Senior Recital1
Lower-level applied lessons (prefix MUS) numbered at the 2000 level (maximum of six semesters for 12 s.h. total)8
Upper-level applied lessons (prefix MUS) numbered at the 3000 level8

Theory-Based Courses

3 s.h. from these:
MUS:2206Form and Analysis3
MUS:3001Introduction to Jazz Improvisation3
MUS:3665Arranging for Band2-3
MUS:3710Intermediate Jazz Improvisation2
MUS:4200Counterpoint Before 16003
MUS:4201Counterpoint After 16003
MUS:4210Keyboard Harmony1-2
MUS:4710Advanced Jazz Improvisation2
MUS:4730Jazz Theory3
MUS:4750Transcription2

String Area Requirements

This course:
MUS:3182Chamber Orchestra (taken four semesters for 1 s.h. each)4
4 s.h. from these:
MUS:3482String Chamber Music1-2
MUS:3489Chamber Music Residency Program1-2

Electives

Students complete 11 s.h. of music coursework (prefix MUS) except for those courses that are closed to music majors.

This course is recommended for string majors.

MUS:3140Audition Repertoire1

These music education courses may be taken as music electives by string concentration students pursuing teacher licensure.

EDTL:3605/MUS:3605Instrumental Techniques2
EDTL:3620Methods and Materials: General Music3
EDTL:3635/MUS:3635Instrumental Conducting3

Performance—Voice Concentration

The performance—voice concentration requires the following coursework.

Musicianship

All of these (completed before admission to the performance—voice concentration):
MUS:1201Musicianship and Theory I4
MUS:1202Musicianship and Theory II4
MUS:2203Musicianship and Theory III4
MUS:2204Musicianship and Theory IV4
Then, these:
MUS:1210Recital Attendance (taken six semesters for 1 s.h. each)6
MUS:1211Group Instruction in Piano I (or piano placement exam)1
MUS:1212Group Instruction in Piano II (or piano placement exam)1
MUS:2301History of Western Music I3
MUS:2302History of Western Music II3
MUS:3625Techniques of Conducting2

Diverse Musical Cultures

One of these:
MUS:1009Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad3
MUS:1310World Music3
MUS:1720History of Jazz3
MUS:2311/LAS:2311Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3

Performance (Applied Music/Ensembles)

All of these:
MUS:2020Lower Level Voice (maximum of six semesters for 12 s.h. total)8
MUS:3020Upper Level Voice (taken eight semesters for 1 s.h. each)8
MUS:4900Senior Recital1
Major ensemble (choir) music (prefix MUS; taken eight times for 1 s.h. each)8

Theory-Based Courses

3 s.h. from these:
MUS:2206Form and Analysis3
MUS:3001Introduction to Jazz Improvisation3
MUS:3665Arranging for Band2-3
MUS:3710Intermediate Jazz Improvisation2
MUS:4200Counterpoint Before 16003
MUS:4201Counterpoint After 16003
MUS:4210Keyboard Harmony1-2
MUS:4710Advanced Jazz Improvisation2
MUS:4730Jazz Theory (when topic is at the piano)3
MUS:4750Transcription2

Voice Area Requirements

All of these:
MUS:1510Diction for Singers I2
MUS:2510Diction for Singers II2
MUS:3500Opera Workshop2
MUS:3510Interpretation of German Art Song1
MUS:3511Interpretation of Non-German Art Song1

Electives

Students complete 10 s.h. of music coursework (prefix MUS) except for those courses that are closed to music majors.

These courses are recommended for voice majors.

MUS:3140Audition Repertoire1
MUS:3500Opera Workshop2
MUS:3501Opera Theater Chorus1
MUS:3502Opera Production2-4
MUS:3850/DANC:3850/DPA:3850/THTR:3850Introduction to Laban Movement Studies2-3
MUS:3851/DANC:3851/DPA:3851Introduction to the Alexander Technique3
MUS:6520/CSD:6202Methods of Teaching Voice3

These music education courses may be taken as music electives by voice concentration students pursuing teacher licensure.

MUS:3640/EDTL:3640Choral Methods3
MUS:3645/EDTL:3645Choral Conducting and Literature3
EDTL:3620Methods and Materials: General Music3

Teacher Licensure

Students interested in teaching in elementary and/or secondary schools should seek admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) in the College of Education.

To qualify for licensure in secondary teaching, students in the TEP complete a degree in education as well as a related College of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree. See Teacher Education Program Application and Admission on the College of Education website for details on requirements and deadlines for applying to the College of Education and about TEP choices of majors leading to licensure.

Undergraduate students seeking teacher licensure/certification must be enrolled in a Bachelor of Music program in a performance subprogram of brass/woodwind, organ, percussion, piano, piano with teacher education, string, or voice and must complete the appropriate licensure program.

Honors in the Major

Students have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major. They must have a g.p.a. of at least 3.80 in music coursework and a cumulative University of Iowa g.p.a. of at least 3.33.

Students must complete at least 6 s.h. of honors work in music, normally in their junior and senior years. They must earn a minimum of 3 s.h. of the required honors work in MUS:4995 Honors in Music by completing one or more honors projects, such as solo or ensemble recitals; compositions, transcriptions, orchestrations, or arrangements; and essays, research papers, editions, or translations. Honors projects must be in addition to the projects normally required for graduation with a major in music.

Students also may earn honors credit in other honors courses (normally upper-level undergraduate courses) or in approved graduate courses (music history and music theory are particularly recommended).

For complete details about requirements for graduation with honors in the music major, visit Honors in Music on the School of Music website and consult the school's honors advisor.

National Honor Society

The School of Music sponsors a chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society. Students of exceptional ability are recommended for membership by faculty members. For more information, consult the School of Music honors advisor.

University of Iowa Honors Program

In addition to honors in the major, students have opportunities for honors study and activities through membership in the University of Iowa Honors Program. Visit Honors at Iowa to learn about the University's honors program.

Membership in the UI Honors Program is not required to earn honors in the music major.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core requirements provide students with a broad foundation of knowledge and a focused practice of transferable skills necessary for a lifetime of learning.

GE CLAS Core courses are particularly valuable for students making the transition into the University of Iowa. They help students understand the academic expectations of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences while providing the knowledge and skills needed for more advanced work in the major.

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who wish to earn an undergraduate degree—Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), or Bachelor of Music (B.M.)—must complete the requirements of the GE CLAS Core.

GE CLAS Core Areas and Requirements

The GE CLAS Core has 11 required areas, grouped into three categories. Students must fulfill the requirements in each GE CLAS Core area. The requirements below are for students who entered the University of Iowa during Summer 2017 or after. Students who entered during a previous semester are held to different requirements as indicated on a student's degree audit.

Communication and Literacy:

Natural, Quantitative, and Social Sciences:

Culture, Society, and the Arts:

Students may count transfer credit and/or credit by exam toward some GE CLAS Core requirements. See CLAS Core Policies for details regarding use of transfer credit, credit by exam, and other policies for how GE CLAS Core requirements may be fulfilled.

Communication and Literacy

Rhetoric

Rhetoric courses develop speaking, writing, listening, and critical reading skills and build competence in research, analysis, and argumentation.

All entering first-year students are required to complete RHET:1030 Rhetoric (4-5 s.h.). Because rhetorical skills lay the foundation for further study at the University, most students register for RHET:1030 during their first year at Iowa. Students in some majors, such as English or journalism and mass communication, enroll in RHET:1030 during their first semester.

Students who must enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses as determined by their English proficiency evaluation must complete all ESL courses before they may register for RHET:1030 Rhetoric.

Students who have transfer credit in composition, speech, and argumentation but have not been granted an A.A. degree must complete the equivalent of RHET:1030 Rhetoric and often must take RHET:1040 Writing and Reading or RHET:1060 Speaking and Reading in addition to their transfer courses in composition and/or speech.

Each entering student's degree audit shows the course(s) that must be completed in order to fulfill the Rhetoric requirement.

The following courses are approved for the Rhetoric area.

RHET:1030Rhetoric4-5
RHET:1040Writing and Reading3
RHET:1060Speaking and Reading3

Transfer of Credit for Rhetoric

Transfer students who have been granted an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from an Iowa community college, Waldorf College in Iowa, or Black Hawk College in Illinois have satisfied the Rhetoric requirement.

Transfer credit for students without an A.A. degree is evaluated as follows:

  • transfer students who have completed composition I, composition II, and speech at another institution have satisfied the GE CLAS Core Rhetoric requirement of RHET:1030 Rhetoric;
  • transfer students who have completed only composition I must complete RHET:1030 Rhetoric at the University of Iowa;
  • transfer students who have completed composition I and speech must complete RHET:1040 Writing and Reading at the University of Iowa;
  • transfer students who have completed only speech must complete RHET:1040 Writing and Reading at the University of Iowa;
  • transfer students who have completed composition I and II or only composition II must complete RHET:1060 Speaking and Reading at the University of Iowa;
  • for transfer students who have completed any other course at another institution that may be equivalent to RHET:1030 Rhetoric, the University of Iowa Office of Admissions examines the content of the course and decides on equivalency based on the content of that course, conferring with the Department of Rhetoric on the correct equivalency, if necessary.

Interpretation of Literature

Courses in the Interpretation of Literature area focus on the major genres of literature (short and long fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama), improving students' abilities to read and analyze a variety of texts. Small group discussions in these courses challenge students to think critically, to share insights, and to listen thoughtfully to the arguments of others.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Interpretation of Literature area. The following courses are approved for the area.

CLSA:1200Interpretation of Ancient Literature (GE status effective spring 2021)3
ENGL:1200The Interpretation of Literature3
FREN:1005Texts and Contexts: French-Speaking World3
FREN:1007Nature/Ecology French Philosophy and Fiction3
WLLC:1510/ASIA:1510Ghost Stories and Tales of the Weird in Premodern Chinese Literature3

World Languages

GE CLAS Core courses in World Languages provide the practice of important communication skills in a second language as well as the knowledge of the cultures in which the language is spoken. This in-depth study allows students to better understand how languages as a whole function, encouraging students to learn more about their own first language, including how it creates both inclusion and diversity. To fulfill the GE CLAS Core requirement in World Languages, students may choose one of the following options:

complete four years of a single world language in high school; or

achieve the fourth level of proficiency in a world language by completing the appropriate sequence of courses offered at the University of Iowa; or

achieve the fourth level of proficiency by completing appropriate courses at another college or university or through approved study abroad courses; or

achieve an equivalent score on a related Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or other approved college-level examination accepted by the University of Iowa and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (see Credit By Exam Options on the Office of Admissions website); or

earn an equivalent score on both a UI written placement test and on a UI oral proficiency exam in a language taught at the University of Iowa (see World Languages Placement Test (WLPT) on the New Student Services website); or

earn an equivalent score on a proficiency exam in a language that is not taught at the University of Iowa (see Proficiency Examinations for Languages Not Taught at UI on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website).

A fourth level of proficiency is equivalent to the successful completion of an intermediate II language course (or of a second-year second semester course, for example) as taught at the University of Iowa. Depending on a student's placement test results and the language taken, a student may need to take four semesters of a language, starting with a beginning course and ending with a second semester intermediate course. Other students may be able to start elsewhere in the language sequence and complete the GE World Language requirement by taking two or three courses. See "World Languages Placement Tests" under Placement Tests on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website.

Semester hours earned for these courses vary by language. Students should be sure to take the placement test for the language of interest and should be aware of the course sequence required to fulfill the GE requirement in World Languages for that particular language.

Once the World Languages requirement is completed, a student may earn up to an additional 8 s.h. of college credit while studying a world language. See Furthering Language Incentive Program (FLIP) on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website.

Students may use the following language course sequences to fulfill the World Languages requirement. To avoid duplication or regression, consult the appropriate language department before registering for courses.

American Sign Language

Courses in American Sign Language (ASL) are offered by the American Sign Language Program. The following sequence fulfills the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

ASL:1001American Sign Language I5
ASL:1002American Sign Language II5
ASL:2001American Sign Language III5
ASL:2002American Sign Language IV5

Students with previous knowledge of American Sign Language should consult the ASL program for placement.

Arabic

Courses in Arabic are offered by the Department of French and Italian. The following sequence fulfills the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

ARAB:1001Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I5
ARAB:1002Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II5
ARAB:2001Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I5
ARAB:2002Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II5

Students with previous knowledge of Arabic should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Chinese

Courses in Chinese are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. For students without previous knowledge of Chinese, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

CHIN:1111First-Year Chinese: First Semester5
CHIN:1112First-Year Chinese: Second Semester5
CHIN:2101Second-Year Chinese: First Semester5
CHIN:2102Second-Year Chinese: Second Semester5

Students may use varied combinations of Chinese language courses approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Heritage learners and students who have studied Chinese abroad may be able to fulfill the requirement by substituting CHIN:2103 Accelerated Second-Year Chinese: First Semester and CHIN:2104 Accelerated Second-Year Chinese: Second Semester for CHIN:2101 and CHIN:2102. Consult the department for more information.

French

Courses in French are offered by the Department of French and Italian. For students without previous knowledge of French, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

FREN:1001Elementary French I4-5
FREN:1002Elementary French II4-5
FREN:2001Intermediate French I5
FREN:2002Intermediate French II5

Students may use varied combinations of French language courses approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Those with previous knowledge of French may be able to fulfill the requirement by substituting FREN:1010 First-Year French Review for FREN:1001 and FREN:1002 in the sequence above. Some students may be evaluated as ready for FREN:2001 or FREN:2002. Consult the department for appropriate placement.

German

Courses in German are offered by the Department of German. For students without previous knowledge of German, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

GRMN:1001Elementary German I4
GRMN:1002Elementary German II4
GRMN:2001Intermediate German I4
GRMN:2002Intermediate German II4

Students may use varied combinations of German language courses approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Those with previous knowledge of German may be able to fulfill the requirement by substituting GRMN:1010 First-Year German Review for GRMN:1001 and GRMN:1002 in the sequence above. Some students may be evaluated as ready for GRMN:2001 or GRMN:2002. Consult the department for appropriate placement.

The department also offers accelerated intensive courses, GRMN:1020 Intensive Elementary German and GRMN:2020 Intensive Intermediate German, which may be appropriate for students with strong language learning abilities or experience. The intensive courses may be combined with nonintensive courses to create other sequences that may be used to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Consult the department to identify an appropriate course sequence.

Greek

Courses in Greek are offered by the Department of Classics. Students without previous knowledge of Greek should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence.

CLSG:1001Classical and New Testament Greek I3-5
CLSG:1002Classical and New Testament Greek II3-5
CLSG:2001Second-Year Greek I3
CLSG:2002Second-Year Greek II3

Students with previous knowledge of Greek should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Italian

Courses in Italian are offered by the Department of French and Italian. Students without previous knowledge of Italian should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence.

ITAL:1101Elementary Italian I5
ITAL:1102Elementary Italian II5
ITAL:2203Intermediate Italian I4
ITAL:2204Intermediate Italian II4

Students with strong language learning abilities or a background in another Romance language may be able to complete the requirement by substituting ITAL:3002 Intensive Elementary Italian for ITAL:1101 and ITAL:1102 in the sequence above. Consult the department for appropriate placement.

Japanese

Courses in Japanese are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. For students without previous knowledge of Japanese, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

JPNS:1001First-Year Japanese: First Semester5
JPNS:1002First-Year Japanese: Second Semester5
JPNS:2001Second-Year Japanese: First Semester5
JPNS:2002Second-Year Japanese: Second Semester5

Students may use varied combinations of Japanese language courses approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Those with previous knowledge of Japanese should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Korean

Courses in Korean are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. For students without previous knowledge of Korean, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

KORE:1101First-Year Korean: First Semester4
KORE:1102First-Year Korean: Second Semester4
KORE:2101Second-Year Korean: First Semester4
KORE:2102Second-Year Korean: Second Semester4

Students with previous knowledge of Korean should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Latin

Courses in Latin are offered by the Department of Classics. Students without previous knowledge of Latin should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence. Students must take both CLSL:2001 and CLSL:2002 in order to fulfill the World Languages requirement. These courses require a similar knowledge of Latin, but one focuses on poetry and the other on prose. Other world languages permit a student to complete the last courses in the sequence to meet the GE CLAS Core requirement since the final course is more difficult than the previous ones. This is not true with the Latin sequence, and thus, both courses must be successfully completed.

CLSL:1001Elementary Latin I3-5
CLSL:1002Elementary Latin II3-5
CLSL:2001World of Cicero3
CLSL:2002Golden Age of Roman Poetry3

Students with previous knowledge of Latin should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Portuguese

Courses in Portuguese are offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Two sequences in Portuguese are approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. All courses are open to entering first-year students.

PORT:2000Accelerated Elementary Portuguese5
PORT:2500Accelerated Intermediate Portuguese5

Students may also substitute PORT:2010 Elementary Portuguese I and PORT:2015 Elementary Portuguese II for PORT:2000 in the sequence above.

Students with previous knowledge of Portuguese should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Russian

Courses in Russian are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Students without previous knowledge of Russian should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence.

RUSS:1111First-Year Russian I5
RUSS:1112First-Year Russian II5
RUSS:2111Second-Year Russian I4
RUSS:2112Second-Year Russian II4

Students with previous knowledge of Russian should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Sanskrit

Courses in Sanskrit are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Students without previous knowledge of Sanskrit should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence. Each of these courses is open to entering first-year students.

SOAS:2901/CLSA:2901First-Year Sanskrit: First Semester4
SOAS:2902/CLSA:2902First-Year Sanskrit: Second Semester4
SOAS:3901/CLSA:3901Second-Year Sanskrit: First Semester3
SOAS:3902/CLSA:3902Second-Year Sanskrit: Second Semester3

Students with previous knowledge of Sanskrit should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Spanish

Courses in Spanish are offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. For students without previous knowledge of Spanish, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

SPAN:1001Elementary Spanish I5
SPAN:1002Elementary Spanish II5
SPAN:1501Intermediate Spanish I5
SPAN:1502Intermediate Spanish II5

Students may use varied combinations of Spanish language courses to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Those with previous knowledge of Spanish may be able to fulfill the requirement by substituting SPAN:1003 Elementary Spanish Review for SPAN:1001 and SPAN:1002 in the sequence above.

The summer course SPAN:1004 Accelerated Elementary Spanish, which combines SPAN:1001 and SPAN:1002, may be appropriate for some students.

The accelerated course SPAN:1503 Accelerated Intermediate Spanish, which combines SPAN:1501 and SPAN:1502, may be appropriate for some students.

The accelerated course SPAN:1505 Accelerated Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers may be appropriate for other students.

Pappajohn Education Center students may use the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

CLAS:1002Elementary Spanish I4
CLAS:1003Elementary Spanish II4
CLAS:1501Intermediate Spanish I3
CLAS:1502Intermediate Spanish II3

Students with previous knowledge of Spanish should take the language placement test in Spanish to help determine proper placement.

Swahili

Courses in Swahili are offered by the Department of French and Italian. The following sequence fulfills the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Each of these courses is open to entering first-year students.

SWAH:1001Elementary Swahili I4
SWAH:1002Elementary Swahili II4
SWAH:2001Intermediate Swahili I4
SWAH:2002Intermediate Swahili II4

Students with previous knowledge of Swahili should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Other Course Sequences

A student who successfully completes a four-semester world language sequence that has not been approved for the GE CLAS Core may have the sequence substituted for a proficiency test to fulfill the GE CLAS Core requirement.

Students who complete a world language sequence this way should notify the department that offers the sequence; the department will contact Graduation Analysis in the Office of the Registrar, which will update a student's degree audit to show fulfillment of the World Languages requirement.

Natural, Quantitative, and Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Courses in the Natural Sciences area explore the scope and major concepts of a scientific discipline. Students learn the attitudes and practices of scientific investigators: logic, precision, experimentation, tentativeness, and objectivity. In courses with a laboratory component, students gain experience in the methods of scientific inquiry.

All students must complete at least 7 s.h. of coursework in the Natural Sciences area, including at least one natural science lab component. The following courses are approved for the area; courses with a lab component are noted "(lab)."

ANTH:1301Human Origins3
ASTR:1060/BIOL:1060/EES:1060Big Ideas: Origins of the Universe, Earth, and Life3
ASTR:1070Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
ASTR:1079Introductory Astronomy Laboratory (lab)1
ASTR:1080Exploration of the Solar System (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
ASTR:1085Citizen Astronomy3
ASTR:1091Life in the Universe3
ASTR:1771Introductory Astronomy I: Basic Astrophysics and Planetary Astronomy (lab)4
ASTR:1772Introductory Astronomy II: Stellar, Galactic, and Extragalactic Astronomy (lab)4
BIOL:1140Human Biology (lab)4
BIOL:1141Introductory Animal Biology (lab)4
BIOL:1251How the Brain Works (and Why it Doesn't)3
BIOL:1260Plants and Human Affairs2-3
BIOL:1261Introduction to Botany (lab)4
BIOL:1311/ANTH:1310Human Genetics in the Twenty-First Century3
BIOL:1370Understanding Evolution (formerly Ecology and Evolution)3
BIOL:1411Foundations of Biology (lab)4
BIOL:1412Diversity of Form and Function (lab)4
CHEM:1050Chemistry of Our World3
CHEM:1060Technology and Society Laboratory (lab)1
CHEM:1070General Chemistry I3
CHEM:1080General Chemistry II3
CHEM:1100Chemistry in Industry and the Economy3
CHEM:1110Principles of Chemistry I (lab)4
CHEM:1120Principles of Chemistry II (lab)4
CHEM:1160Principles of Chemistry Lab (lab)2
CHEM:1180Chemical Science I3
CHEM:1190Chemical Science II3
CHEM:1200Chemical Science Laboratory (lab)2
EES:1030/CEE:1030Introduction to Earth Science (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
EES:1031/CEE:1031Introduction to Earth Science Laboratory (lab; students must have previously completed EES:1030/CEE:1030 without the lab)1
EES:1040Evolution and the History of Life (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
EES:1050Introduction to Geology (lab)4
EES:1061/ANTH:1061/ASTR:1061Big Ideas: Evolution of Life on Earth and the Search for Life in the Universe (lab)4
EES:1070Age of Dinosaurs (lab)4
EES:1080/ENVS:1080Introduction to Environmental Science (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.; not for students who have taken EES:1085 or ENVS:1085)3-4
EES:1085/ENVS:1085Fundamentals of Environmental Science (lab; not for students who have taken EES:1080 or ENVS:1080)4
EES:1081/ENVS:1081Introduction to Environmental Sciences Laboratory (lab)1
EES:1290Energy and the Environment3
EES:1400Natural Disasters3
GEOG:1020The Global Environment3
GEOG:1021The Global Environment Lab (lab)1
HHP:1100Human Anatomy3
HHP:1110Human Anatomy Laboratory (lab; GE status effective spring 2021)1
HHP:1150Human Anatomy Lecture with Lab (lab; GE status effective spring 2021)4
HHP:1300Fundamentals of Human Physiology3
HHP:2310Nutrition and Health3
HONR:1640Honors Seminar in Natural Sciences3
MICR:1006Small Wonders: Microbes in Our Lives3
PCOL:2220Drug Use and Abuse3
PHYS:1100From Quarks to Quasars (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
PHYS:1200Physics of Everyday Experience3
PHYS:1400Basic Physics (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
PHYS:1409Basic Physics Lab (lab)1
PHYS:1410Physics of Sound (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
PHYS:1511College Physics I (lab)4
PHYS:1512College Physics II (lab)4
PHYS:1611Introductory Physics I (lab)4
PHYS:1612Introductory Physics II (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
PHYS:1619Introductory Physics II Lab (lab)1
PHYS:1701Physics I (lab)4
PHYS:1702Physics II (lab)4

Quantitative or Formal Reasoning

Courses in the Quantitative or Formal Reasoning area help develop analytical skills through the practice of quantitative or formal symbolic reasoning. Courses focus on presentation and evaluation of evidence and argument; understanding the use and misuse of data; and organization of information in quantitative or other formal symbolic systems, including those used in computer science, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, and statistics.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Quantitative or Formal Reasoning area. Students also may fulfill this GE CLAS Core requirement by completing a course that lists an approved GE CLAS Core course as a prerequisite. The following courses are approved for the area.

COMM:1117Theory and Practice of Argument4
CPH:1600Public Health Science: Inquiry and Investigation in Public Health3
CS:1020Principles of Computing3
CS:1110Introduction to Computer Science3
CS:1210Computer Science I: Fundamentals4
LING:1050Language and Formal Reasoning3
MATH:1020Elementary Functions4
MATH:1120Logic of Arithmetic4
MATH:1250Mathematics for Arts and Humanities (GE status effective fall 2020)3
MATH:1260PokeMath: The Mathematics of Pokemon Go (GE status effective spring 2021)3
MATH:1340Mathematics for Business4
MATH:1350Quantitative Reasoning for Business (GE status effective fall 2020)4
MATH:1380Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business4
MATH:1440Mathematics for the Biological Sciences4
MATH:1460Calculus for the Biological Sciences4
MATH:1550Engineering Mathematics I: Single Variable Calculus4
MATH:1850Calculus I4
PHIL:1636Principles of Reasoning: Argument and Debate3
POLI:1050/RELS:1050Big Ideas: Introduction to Information, Society, and Culture3
POLI:1700Introduction to Political Analysis3
PSY:2811Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology I3
STAT:1010Statistics and Society3
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3
STAT:1030Statistics for Business4
STAT:2010Statistical Methods and Computing3

Social Sciences

Courses in the Social Sciences area focus on human behavior and the institutions and social systems that shape and are shaped by that behavior. Courses provide an overview of one or more social science disciplines, their theories, and their methods.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Social Sciences area. The following courses are approved for the area.

ANTH:1101/IS:1101Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH:1401Language, Culture, and Communication3
ANTH:2100Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems3
ANTH:2136Urban Anthropology3
ANTH:2261Human Impacts on the Environment3
ASP:1800/CSD:1800/NURS:1800/SSW:1800/TR:1800Aging Matters: Introduction to Gerontology3
COMM:1170Communication Theory in Everyday Life3
COMM:1174Media and Society3
CPH:1400Fundamentals of Public Health3
CRIM:1410Introduction to Criminology3
CSD:3117/LING:3117Psychology of Language3
CSD:3118/LING:3118Language Acquisition1-3
ECON:1100Principles of Microeconomics4
ECON:1200Principles of Macroeconomics4
GEOG:1070Contemporary Environmental Issues3
GEOG:1090Globalization and Geographic Diversity3
GEOG:2110/GHS:2110Seven Billion and Counting: Introduction to Population Dynamics3
GEOG:2910The Global Economy3
HIST:1219/SOC:1219Big Ideas: Equality, Opportunity, and Public Policy in America3
HONR:1660Honors Seminar in Social Sciences3
JMC:1100Media Uses and Effects3
LING:1010Language and Society3
LING:1060Languages of the World3
MUSM:3001/ANTH:3001/EDTL:3001/SIED:3001Introduction to Museum Studies3
POLI:1100Introduction to American Politics3
POLI:1200Introduction to Political Behavior3
POLI:1300Introduction to Political Thought and Action3
POLI:1400Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLI:1401Introduction to Russian Politics3
POLI:1445Introduction to Asian Politics: China3
POLI:1449Introduction to European Politics3
POLI:1500Introduction to International Relations3
POLI:1501Introduction to American Foreign Policy3
POLI:1600Introduction to Political Communication3
POLI:2415/LAS:2415Latin American Politics3
PSQF:2115Introduction to Counseling Psychology3
PSY:1001Elementary Psychology3
PSY:2301Introduction to Clinical Psychology3
PSY:2401Introduction to Developmental Science3
PSY:2601Introduction to Cognitive Psychology3
SOC:1010Introduction to Sociology3-4
SOC:1220Principles of Social Psychology3-4
TR:1070Perspectives on Leisure and Play3

Culture, Society, and the Arts

Diversity and Inclusion

Courses in the Diversity and Inclusion area help to develop students’ recognition of their positions in an increasingly pluralistic world while fostering an understanding of social and cultural differences. Students reflect critically on their own social and cultural perspectives while increasing their ability to engage with people who have backgrounds or ideas different from their own. Students also explore the historical and structural bases of inequality and the benefits and challenges of diversity.

Transfer credit is not accepted for the Diversity and Inclusion requirement; students must complete this requirement with coursework taken at the University of Iowa.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Diversity and Inclusion area. The following courses are approved for the area.

AFAM:1020/AMST:1030Introduction to African American Culture3
AFAM:1030Introduction to African American Society3
AFAM:1130The History of African American Film (GE status effective spring 2021)3
AFAM:1241/MUS:1741The Soundtrack of Black America3
AFAM:2064/SOC:2064Racial Inequity and the Experiences of African American Families in the U.S.3
AFAM:2070/COMM:2069Black Television Culture3
AFAM:2500Black Culture and Experience: Contemporary Issues3
AMST:2025Diversity in American Culture3
ANTH:2151/GWSS:2151/IS:2151Global Migration in the Contemporary World3
ANTH:2165/AMST:2165/NAIS:2165Native Peoples of North America3
ARTS:2100Printmaking and Politics of Protest3
ASIA:2222/GWSS:2222/WLLC:2222Women in Premodern East Asian Literature3
CCCC:2220Foundations of Critical Cultural Competence3
CINE:1195Video Games and Identity3
CINE:1625Race, Gender, and Sexuality on Screen3
CLSA:2800Race and Marginality in the Ancient World (GE status effective spring 2021)3
COMM:1168Music and Social Change3
COMM:1898/LATS:1898Introduction to Latina/o/x Communication and Culture3
CSD:1200Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities3
DANC:2065Performing Power/Performing Protest: The Body, Identity, and the Image3
DST:1101Introduction to Disability Studies3
EDTL:2670Peacebuilding, Singing, and Writing in a Prison Choir3
EDTL:4900Foundations of Special Education (GE status effective spring 2021)3
EPLS:1240Finding Your Path in Higher Education3
GRMN:2600Witch Hunts in Fact and Fiction: A Global History of Exclusion (GE status effective spring 2021)3-4
GRMN:2620/WLLC:2620Anne Frank and Her Story3-4
GRMN:2675The Politics of Memory: Holocaust, Genocide, and 9/113-4
GWSS:1001Introduction to Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies3
GWSS:1002Diversity and Power in the U.S.3
HHP:2280Cultural Competency in Health Promotion3
HIST:1040Diversity in History3
HIST:2267/AFAM:2267African American History to 1877: From Slave Cabin to Senate Floor3
HIST:2268/AFAM:2268African American History Since the Civil War3
IS:2020World Events Today!3
ITAL:2660The Italian American Experience3
JMC:2500Community Media3
JMC:2600Freedom of Expression3
LATS:2280/HIST:2280/SPAN:2280Introduction to Latina/o/x Studies3
LING:1070Language Attitudes: Is How You Sound How You Are Seen?3
NAIS:1290/AMST:1290/GHS:1290/HIST:1290Native American Foods and Foodways3
POLI:1601Introduction to Social Media and Politics3
POLI:1800Introduction to the Politics of Class and Inequality3
POLI:1900Introduction to the Politics of Race3
POLI:1950Introduction to the Politics of Religion3
PSY:1501Everyone's a Little Bit Biased: The Science Behind Prejudice3
RELS:1015Global Religious Conflict and Diversity3
RELS:2330Economics and Islam3
RELS:2620Politics, Sex, and the Bible3
RHET:2135Rhetorics of Diversity and Inclusion3
RUSS:2232Romani (Gypsy) Cultures of Eastern Europe3
SJUS:1001Introduction to Social Justice3
SOC:1030Contemporary Social Problems3-4
SOC:2830Race and Ethnicity (GE status effective fall 2020)3
SPAN:2050/LATS:2050Spanish in the United States3
SRM:1045Diversity and Inclusion in Healthy Living3
SPST:1074/AMST:1074/GWSS:1074Inequality in American Sport3
THTR:2320Playwriting in a Global World3
THTR:2405Staging Americans: U.S. Cultures Through Theatre and Performance3
WLLC:1200/DST:1200/GHS:1200/GRMN:1200Disabilities and Inclusion in Writing and Film Around the World3
WLLC:2001/ASIA:2001/FREN:2010/RUSS:2001/SPAN:2001/TRNS:2001Global Science Fiction (GE status effective spring 2021)3
WRIT:2100Writing and Community Outreach3

Historical Perspectives

Courses in the Historical Perspectives area help students comprehend the historical processes of change and continuity; develop the ability to generalize, explain, and interpret historical change; and understand the past in its own terms.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Historical Perspectives area. The following courses are approved for the area.

ANTH:1201World Archaeology3
ARTH:1010Art and Visual Culture3
ARTH:1050From Cave Paintings to Cathedrals: Survey of Western Art I3
ARTH:1060From Mona Lisa to Modernism: Survey of Western Art II3
ARTH:1070/CHIN:1070Asian Art and Culture3
ARTH:1090Earthly Paradises: A Global History of Gardens3
ARTH:2920Introduction to American Art3
CLSA:1181/GHS:1181Ancient Medicine3
CLSA:1830Greek Civilization3
CLSA:1840Roman Civilization3
CLSA:2127/JPNS:2127Global Manuscript Cultures3
EES:1115/ENVS:1115/GEOG:1115/HIST:1115The History and Science of Oil3
FREN:3120French Civilization3
HIST:1010History Matters3
HIST:1016The History That Made Our World3
HIST:1261American History to 18773
HIST:1262American History 1877-Present3
HIST:1401The West and the World: Ancient3-4
HIST:1402The West and the World: Medieval3-4
HIST:1403The West and the World: Modern3-4
HIST:1601/ASIA:1601Civilizations of Asia: China from Origins to the 17th Century (GE status effective spring 2021)3
HIST:1602/ASIA:1602Civilizations of Asia: China from the 17th Century to the Present3
HIST:1604/ASIA:1604Civilizations of Asia: Japan3-4
HIST:1606/ASIA:1606/RELS:1606Civilizations of Asia: South Asia3-4
HIST:1607Civilizations of Asia: Korea3-4
HIST:2461/CLSA:2461/RELS:2361Middle East and Mediterranean: Alexander to Suleiman3
HONR:1610Honors Seminar in Historical Perspectives3
ITAL:2550Images of Modern Italy3
JMC:1200Media History and Culture3
MUS:1303Roots, Rock, and Rap: A History of Popular Music3
MUS:2301History of Western Music I3
MUS:2302History of Western Music II3
PHIL:1033The Meaning of Life3
PHIL:1034Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness3
RELS:1001Judaism, Christianity, and Islam3
RELS:1225/HIST:1025Medieval Religion and Culture3
RELS:1250/HIST:1050Modern Religion and Culture3
RELS:2930/COMM:2079Digital Media and Religion (GE status effective spring 2021)3
RUSS:1531Slavic Folklore3
RUSS:1532Traces of Ancient Russian Culture (IX-XVII Centuries): Vikings, Mongols, and Tsars3
THTR:1400Theatre and Society: Ancients and Moderns3
THTR:1401Theatre and Society: Romantics and Rebels3
THTR:2410History of Theatre and Drama I3
THTR:2411History of Theatre and Drama II3

International and Global Issues

Courses in the International and Global Issues area focus predominantly on countries or issues outside the United States, encouraging students to understand contemporary issues from an international perspective. Students develop knowledge of one or more contemporary global or international issues, gain a greater awareness of varied international perspectives, and improve their skills of analysis and critical inquiry.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the International and Global Issues area. The following courses are approved for the area.

ANTH:1046/GEOG:1046/GWSS:1046Environmental Politics in India3
ANTH:2100Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems3
ANTH:2136Urban Anthropology3
ANTH:2261Human Impacts on the Environment3
ARTH:1040Arts of Africa3
FREN:1006Global Sports and National Cultures3
FREN:1510Cultural Misunderstandings: France and U.S.A.3
GEOG:1060Geography of Asia: From Japan to Pakistan3
GEOG:1070Contemporary Environmental Issues3
GEOG:1090Globalization and Geographic Diversity3
GEOG:2910The Global Economy3
GHS:2000/ANTH:2103Introduction to Global Health Studies3
GRMN:2720/HIST:2420Germany in the World3
GRMN:4315German Society Today3
HIST:1016The History That Made Our World3
HIST:1403The West and the World: Modern3-4
HIST:1601/ASIA:1601Civilizations of Asia: China from Origins to the 17th Century (GE status effective spring 2021)3
HIST:1602/ASIA:1602Civilizations of Asia: China from the 17th Century to the Present3
HIST:1604/ASIA:1604Civilizations of Asia: Japan3-4
HIST:1606/ASIA:1606/RELS:1606Civilizations of Asia: South Asia3-4
HIST:1607Civilizations of Asia: Korea3-4
HONR:1620Honors Seminar in International and Global Issues3
IS:2000Introduction to International Studies3
ITAL:2770The Mafia and the Movies3
LING:1040/ANTH:1040Language Rights3
POLI:1400Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLI:1401Introduction to Russian Politics3
POLI:1445Introduction to Asian Politics: China3
POLI:1449Introduction to European Politics3
POLI:1500Introduction to International Relations3
POLI:1501Introduction to American Foreign Policy3
POLI:2415/LAS:2415Latin American Politics3
RELS:1130/HIST:1030Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
RELS:2852/GWSS:2052Women in Islam and the Middle East3
RELS:3855/IS:3855Human Rights and Islam3
RUSS:1132Russia Today3
RUSS:2050/WLLC:2050Women from an Unknown Land: The Fight for Independence3
SPST:2170Sport and Globalization3

Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

Courses in the Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts area provide students with opportunities to appreciate the arts and to analyze them within their historical and theoretical contexts. They also help students develop the analytic, expressive, and imaginative abilities necessary for understanding, appreciating, and creating art.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts area. The following courses are approved for the area.

AFAM:1240/MUS:1740The Art of Listening to Jazz3
AMST:1800American Gothic: Film, Literature, and Popular Culture3
ARTH:1010Art and Visual Culture3
ARTH:1020Masterpieces: Art in Historical and Cultural Perspectives3
ARTH:1040Arts of Africa3
ARTH:1050From Cave Paintings to Cathedrals: Survey of Western Art I3
ARTH:1060From Mona Lisa to Modernism: Survey of Western Art II3
ARTH:1070/CHIN:1070Asian Art and Culture3
ARTH:1095/NAIS:1095Native American Art3
ARTH:2920Introduction to American Art3
ARTS:1010Elements of Art3
ARTS:1030Elements of Jewelry and Metal Arts3
ARTS:1050Elements of Printmaking3
ARTS:1080Elements of Sculpture3
CERM:2010Ceramics I: Handbuilding3
CHIN:1702Chinese Popular Culture3
CINE:1100The Art of Smartphone Filmmaking3
CINE:1602Introduction to Film Studies3
CINE:1610Contemporary Cinema3
CL:1240/CLSA:1040World Literature: Antiquity to 17003
CL:1241World Literature: 1700 to Present3
CLSA:1010Hero, God, Mortal: Literature of Greece3
CLSA:1020Love and Glory: The Literature of Rome3
CLSA:1740/WRIT:1740Writing Strategies: Word Origins and Word Choice3
CLSA:2016Classical Mythology3
CNW:1620Introduction to Creative Nonfiction3
CW:1800Creative Writing Studio Workshop3
DANC:1010Beginning Tap2
DANC:1020Beginning Jazz2
DANC:1025Beginning Hip Hop Dance2
DANC:1030Beginning Ballet2
DANC:1040Beginning Modern Dance2
DANC:1110Continuing Tap1-2
DANC:1120Continuing Jazz2
DANC:1125Continuing Hip Hop Dance2
DANC:1130Continuing Ballet2
DANC:1140Continuing Modern Dance2
DANC:2020Intermediate Jazz2
DANC:2025Intermediate Hip Hop Dance2
DANC:2029Intermediate Ballet for Nonmajors (GE status effective spring 2021)2
DANC:2030Majors Intermediate Ballet (no longer approved for GE status spring 2021)3
DANC:2040Majors Intermediate Modern Dance3
DANC:2060/DPA:2060Dance and Society in Global Contexts3
EDTL:2122Creativity, Imagination, Play, and Human Development through the Arts3
ENGL:1100City of Literature3
ENGL:1320Heroes and Villains3
ENGL:1330The Art of Storytelling3
ENGL:1345American Lives3
ENGL:1350Literature and Sexualities3
FREN:4100French Cinema3-4
GRMN:2275Scandinavian Crime Fiction3
GRMN:2630German Cinema: Greatest Hits3-4
GRMN:2666/RUSS:2666/WLLC:2666Pact with the Devil3
GRMN:2785Cyborgs, Monsters, and the Uncanny3
HONR:1630Honors Seminar in Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts3
ITAL:2440Italian Arts for Business (GE status effective spring 2021)3
MUS:1001Group Piano I: Non-Music Majors1
MUS:1009Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad3
MUS:1012Creativity in Music3
MUS:1020Performance Instruction for Nonmajors1
MUS:1066Introduction to Film Music3
MUS:1301Concepts and Contexts of Western Music3
MUS:1302Great Musicians3
MUS:1310World Music3
MUS:1720History of Jazz3
MUS:1800/DPA:1800World of the Beatles3
MUS:2005Issues in Popular Music: Women Who Rock3
MUS:2301History of Western Music I3
MUS:2302History of Western Music II3
MUS:2311/LAS:2311Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
PORT:2850/LAS:2850/SPAN:2850Brazilian Narrative in Translation3
SCLP:2810Undergraduate Sculpture I3
SPAN:1700/LATS:1700Latina/o/x Literature in the United States3
SPAN:1800Contemporary Spanish American Narrative3
THTR:1140Basic Acting3
THTR:1400Theatre and Society: Ancients and Moderns3
THTR:1401Theatre and Society: Romantics and Rebels3
THTR:1412/DANC:1412/DPA:1412The Arts in Performance3
THTR:2301Playwriting I3
THTR:2410History of Theatre and Drama I3
THTR:2411History of Theatre and Drama II3

Values and Culture

Courses in the Values and Culture area focus on how culture shapes the human experience and the role of values in society, with students asking fundamental questions regarding the human experience while exploring their own values and beliefs.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Values and Culture area. The following courses are approved for the area.

AMST:1010Understanding American Cultures3
AMST:1154Food in America3
AMST:2000Introduction to American Studies3
ANTH:1101/IS:1101Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH:2175/JPNS:2175Japanese Society and Culture3
ARTH:1030Themes in Global Art3
ARTH:1045Race and Art in America3
ARTH:1095/NAIS:1095Native American Art3
ARTS:2000/ASP:2000/EDTL:2000/RHET:2000Big Ideas: Creativity for a Lifetime3
ASIA:2450India Beat: The Aesthetics and Politics of India Today3
CHIN:1504Asian Humanities: China3
CLSA:1340Magic in the Ancient World3
CLSA:1875Ancient Sports and Leisure3
CLSA:2016Classical Mythology3
CLSA:2482/RELS:2182Ancient Mediterranean Religions3
CLSA:2651/GWSS:2651Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World3
COMM:1174Media and Society3
DANC:1150/LAS:1150Brazilian Culture and Carnival3
ENGL:1420Technologies and Literatures of the Future3
EPLS:4180Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher3
GRMN:2550/WLLC:2550Mardi Gras and More: Cultures of Carnival3-4
GRMN:2618/WLLC:2618The Third Reich and Literature3
GRMN:2650German Nationalism After WWII3-4
GRMN:2655/IS:2600Muslim Minorities in the West3-4
GWSS:1060/AMST:1060/ENGL:1410Sex and Popular Culture in America3
HHP:2200Physical Activity and Health3
HIST:1609India Now! Surveying the World's Largest Democracy3-4
HIST:1708Civilizations of Africa3
HONR:1670Values and Culture3
ITAL:2550Images of Modern Italy3
ITAL:2880Italian Food Culture (GE status effective fall 2020)3
JMC:1500Social Media Today3
JPNS:1506Asian Humanities: Japan3
LING:2900Language, Gender, and Sexuality3
MUS:1009Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad3
MUS:1720History of Jazz3
MUS:2311/LAS:2311Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
NAIS:1049Introduction to American Indian and Native Studies3
PHIL:1401Matters of Life and Death3
PHIL:1861Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL:2402Introduction to Ethics3
POLI:1300Introduction to Political Thought and Action3
RELS:1070Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament3
RELS:1080Introduction to the New Testament3
RELS:1130/HIST:1030Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
RELS:1350/AFAM:1250Introduction to African American Religions3
RELS:1404/ASIA:1040/HIST:1610Living Religions of the East3
RELS:1506/ASIA:1060/HIST:1612Introduction to Buddhism3
RELS:1702Religion in America Today3
RELS:1810Happiness in a Difficult World3
RELS:1903Quest for Human Destiny3
RELS:2700/NAIS:2700Sacred World of Native Americans3
RELS:2852/GWSS:2052Women in Islam and the Middle East3
RELS:2986Religion and Women3
RHET:2070Persuasive Stories3
RUSS:1082Youth Subcultures After Socialism3
RUSS:1131Introduction to Russian Culture3
RUSS:1132Russia Today3
RUSS:1531Slavic Folklore3
RUSS:1532Traces of Ancient Russian Culture (IX-XVII Centuries): Vikings, Mongols, and Tsars3
RUSS:2100Russian Mindset: Sex, Business, and Politics3
SOAS:1502/RELS:1502Asian Humanities: India3
SOC:1310/GWSS:1310Gender and Society3
SOC:2710The American Family3
SOC:2810Social Inequality3
SOC:2830Race and Ethnicity (GE status ends effective fall 2020)3
SPAN:1700/LATS:1700Latina/o/x Literature in the United States3
SPAN:2901Diversity and Cultures in Spain3
SRM:1072Leisure and the Liberal Arts3
SSW:1022/SOC:1022Social Justice and Social Welfare in the United States3
THTR:1411Comedy and Society3
THTR:1412/DANC:1412/DPA:1412The Arts in Performance3

A number of music performance-based merit scholarships are available to qualified undergraduate music majors. All music majors with scholarships must enroll in a major ensemble and studio lessons each semester. For information, contact the School of Music.

The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

Four-Year Graduation Plan

The following checkpoints list the minimum requirements students must complete by certain semesters in order to stay on the University's Four-Year Graduation Plan.

In addition to the requirements listed under the checkpoints, all students must complete 2 s.h. in applied music and 1 s.h. in a major ensemble each semester.

The Four-Year Graduation Plan is not available for music therapy and music education students.

Students may apply more than 56 s.h. earned in School of Music courses toward the minimum 120 s.h. required for the B.M.

Before the third semester begins: 18 s.h. of coursework in the major, including MUS:1201 Musicianship and Theory I, MUS:1202 Musicianship and Theory II, MUS:1211 Group Instruction in Piano I, and MUS:1212 Group Instruction in Piano II

Before the fifth semester begins: at least 34 s.h. of coursework in the major, including MUS:2203 Musicianship and Theory III and MUS:2204 Musicianship and Theory IV

Before the seventh semester begins: at least 50 s.h. of coursework in the major and at least 90 s.h. earned toward the degree

Before the eighth semester begins: at least 56 s.h. of coursework in the major

During the eighth semester: enrollment in all remaining coursework in the major, all remaining GE CLAS Core courses, and a sufficient number of semester hours to graduate

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Music, B.M.

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
First Year
FallHours
Audition: Entering students who plan to major in music must be accepted into a performance area through audition before they register.  
MUS:1201 Musicianship and Theory I 4
MUS:1200 Fundamentals of Music for Majors a 0
MUS:1210 Recital Attendance b 1
MUS:1211 Group Instruction in Piano I c 1
RHET:1030
Rhetoric
or The Interpretation of Literature
3 - 4
Major: lower-level applied lessons d 2
Major: major ensemble 1 - 2
CSI:1600 Success at Iowa 2
 Hours14-16
Spring
MUS:1202 Musicianship and Theory II 4
MUS:1210 Recital Attendance b 1
MUS:1212 Group Instruction in Piano II c 1
RHET:1030
Rhetoric
or The Interpretation of Literature
3 - 4
Major: lower-level applied lessons d 2
Major: major ensemble 1 - 2
GE CLAS Core: Diversity and Inclusion e 3
 Hours15-17
Second Year
Fall
MUS:1210 Recital Attendance b 1
MUS:2203 Musicianship and Theory III 4
MUS:3625 Techniques of Conducting 2
Major: lower-level applied lessons d 2
Major: major ensemble 1 - 2
GE CLAS Core: World Languages First Level Proficiency or elective course f 4 - 5
GE CLAS Core: Quantitative or Formal Reasoning e 3
Major: Music specialization area or Music elective course 1
 Hours18-20
Spring
MUS:1210 Recital Attendance b 1
MUS:2204 Musicianship and Theory IV 4
Major: diverse musical culture course g 3
Major: lower-level applied lessons d 2
Major: major ensemble 1 - 2
GE CLAS Core: World Languages Second Level Proficiency or elective course f 4 - 5
Major: Music specialization area or Music elective course 1 - 3
 Hours16-20
Third Year
Fall
MUS:1210 Recital Attendance b 1
MUS:2301 History of Western Music I h 3
Major: major ensemble 1 - 2
Major: theory-based course 3
Major: upper-level applied lessons i 2
GE CLAS Core: World Languages Second Level Proficiency or elective course f 4 - 5
Major: Music specialization area or Music elective course 1 - 3
 Hours15-19
Spring
MUS:1210 Recital Attendance b 1
MUS:2302 History of Western Music II h 3
Major: major ensemble 1 - 2
Major: music elective course 3
Major: upper-level applied lessons 2
GE CLAS Core: Values and Culture e, j 3
GE CLAS Core: World Languages Fourth Level Proficiency or elective course f 4 - 5
 Hours17-19
Fourth Year
Fall
Major: major ensemble 1 - 2
Major: music elective course 2 - 4
Major: upper-level applied lessons 2
Major: music elective course or elective course if music electives have been met 3
GE CLAS Core: International and Global Issues e 3
GE CLAS Core: Natural Sciences with Lab e 4
 Hours15-18
Spring
MUS:4900 Senior Recital k 1
Major: upper-level applied lessons 2
Major: major ensemble 1 - 2
Major: music elective courses 3 - 4
GE CLAS Core: Natural Sciences without Lab e 3
GE CLAS Core: Social Sciences e 3
Major: music elective course or elective course if music electives have been met 3
Degree Application: apply on MyUI before deadline (typically in February for spring, September for fall) l  
 Hours16-18
 Total Hours126-147