Music and Psychology

A total of 16 courses (64 credits) as follows:

  1. Music Courses (6 courses, 8 performance credits = Two (2) 4-credit courses):
      a. Theory & Musicianship:
    • MUSC 204: Understanding Musicianship [F5]*
    • Two (2) 300-level music theory courses
      *If placement test determines this course is redundant, choose three 300-level music theory courses.

           b. History & Literature: One (1) course from:
               MUSC 227: Western Art Music I [F3] OR MUSC 228: Western Art Music II [F3]

           c. Performance:
               Four (4) semesters of large ensembles (MUSC 180-184, 190-194= 1 credit each)
               Four (4) semesters of applied lessons (MUSC 160-178 = 1 credit each)

           d. Electives: Two (2) 4-credit courses

                1. One (1) music cognition/therapy topic course (MUSC 140-149 or MUSC 340-349)
                2. Other courses should be selected from the following recommended list:

                     MUSC 103: Elements of Music
                     MUSC 117-119, 130; 105 [F9]: World Music courses
                     MUSC 227-228 [F3]: Western Art Music courses
                     MUSC 222: Music Technology (cognition concentration)
                     MUSC 306: Mathematical Musical Analysis [F6]
                     MUSC 310: Practical Musicianship
                     MUSC 414-415: Conducting I & II (applied concentration)

NOTE: Fine Arts Scholarship waivers for Applied Music fees are outlined in the award letter which supersedes music major and minor fee waivers.

   2. Psychology Courses (7 courses):
          a. Foundational Psychology Courses:
                     PSYC 150: Foundational Issues in Psychology [F8]
                     PSYC 200: Research Methods and Statistics
                     PSYC 211: Statistical Methods [F6] 
          b. Perception: PSYC 216
          c. Advanced Research Methods: One (1) course from PSYC 350-353.
          d. Two other courses chosen from one concentration:

              Cognition:
                         PSYC 306: Language and Communication
                         PSYC 327: Cognitive Processes
                         PSYC 345: Cognitive Neuroscience
                         PSYC 451-452: Research Practicum (4 credits)
                         NEURO 270: Neuroscience
                         NEURO 318: Neuroscience of Brain Disorders  

  1.     Applied:
    1.       PSYC 220: Psychology of Health
    2.       PSYC 222: Educational Psychology
    3.       PSYC 224: Psychological Disorders
    4.       PSYC 229: Developmental Psychology: Infant and Childhood [F11]
    5.       PSYC 230: Adolescent Development
    6.       PSYC 311: Counseling Psychology
    7.       PSYC 326: Learning and Motivation
    8.       PSYC 451-452: Research Practicum (4 credits)

   3. Senior Experience (4 credits)

  1. Either MUSC 485-486 or PSYC 485 as recommended by advisor and topic availability. The culminating Senior Seminar research project is required to integrate the fields of Music and Psychology.

Other suggested courses to complement this course of study include:

  1. EDUC 201: Foundations of Education
    EDUC 460: Internship in Education [F11]
    FYWS 151: American Music and Politics [F2s]
    MUSC 160-178: Lessons. Four additional semesters of lessons and ensembles are recommended (especially guitar, voice, and/or piano for applied/therapy track).
    MUSC 180 -198: Ensembles
    PHIL 270: Philosophy of Education [F11]
    PHIL 328: Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness
    PHYS 107: Physics of Sound and Music [F7]
    PSYC 338: Psychological Assessment
    PSYC 460: Internship in Psychology
    PSYC 495-496: Honors Tutorial
    460: Other Internship [F11]