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Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: College of Creative Arts
Pathway: Visual and Performing Arts

Society's increased interest in the arts is creating many new opportunities for professional composers and teachers. This program will prepare you to be a composer in both acoustic and electronic styles.

Academics

Fall
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 122-127D Applied Music
    2
  • MUSC 160 Introduction to Music Composition Exclamation Point
    2
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    MUSC 130 Piano Class Level 0 or
    MUSC 131 Piano Class Level 1/2 or
    MUSC 132 Piano Class Level 1 or
    MUSC 133 Piano Class Level 1 1/2 or
    MUSC 134 Piano Class Level 2-2 1/2
  • MUSC 161 Aural Theory 1 Exclamation Point An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 162 Written Theory 1 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 191 First-Year Seminar - Creative Arts
    2
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
15
Spring
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 121-127D Applied Music
    2
  • MUSC 160 Introduction to Music Composition Exclamation Point
    2
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    MUSC 130 Piano Class Level 0 or
    MUSC 131 Piano Class Level 1/2 or
    MUSC 132 Piano Class Level 1 or
    MUSC 133 Piano Class Level 1 1/2 or
    MUSC 134 Piano Class Level 2-2 1/2
  • MUSC 163 Aural Theory 2 Exclamation Point A B in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 164 Written Theory 2 Exclamation Point A B in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 177 Introduction to Music Listening Exclamation Point An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    1
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • General Education Foundations Course
    4
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
18
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Visit each of your instructors during office hours
  • Attend New Student Orientation
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Download the Guide application

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Attend the Sophomore Celebration to celebrate your successful freshman year and becoming a sophomore
  • Eat a pepperoni roll
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a football game
  • Challenge yourself to meet members of your residence hall community

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Participate in an Outdoor Recreation Center spring or winter break trip
  • Attend the study abroad fair
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Have a challenging conversation with someone from a different background
  • Participate in an alternative spring break

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Complete AlcoholEdu Part 2
  • Become a leadWELL Mentor
  • Visit campus farmers market
  • Download a chillPACK at well.wvu.edu

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Complete the financial literacy course
  • Attend a career fair
  • Attend a resume writing class
  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall
  • Take a writing or communications class

Academics

Fall
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 221-227D Applied Music
    2
  • MUSC 460 Upper Division Composition
    2
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    MUSC 130 Piano Class Level 0 or
    MUSC 131 Piano Class Level 1/2 or
    MUSC 132 Piano Class Level 1 or
    MUSC 133 Piano Class Level 1 1/2 or
    MUSC 134 Piano Class Level 2-2 1/2
  • MUSC 261 Aural Theory 3 Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 262 Written Theory 3 Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 270 History of Western Musical Traditions 1 Exclamation Point
    3
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point A B in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
16
Spring
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 221-227D Applied Music
    2
  • MUSC 460 Upper Division Composition
    2
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    MUSC 130 Piano Class Level 0 or
    MUSC 131 Piano Class Level 1/2 or
    MUSC 132 Piano Class Level 1 or
    MUSC 133 Piano Class Level 1 1/2 or
    MUSC 134 Piano Class Level 2-2 1/2
  • MUSC 263 Aural Theory 4 Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 264 Written Theory 4 Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 271 History of Western Musical Traditions 2 Exclamation Point
    3
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
16
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Spend 100 hours at student success centers
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Get to know a faculty member in your department
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Attend a Sophomore/Junior Year Experience trip or event
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Participate in an Adventure WV international adventure
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life
  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Join an intramural team

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Internship (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Attend a career fair
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Meet with a career professional to make sure you are on track professionally
  • Join a club sport team

Academics

Fall
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC Chamber Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 321-327D Applied Music
    2
  • MUSC 465 Electronic Music
    2
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • MUSC 461 Counterpoint
    2
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Foreign Language
    3
14
Spring
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 321-327D Applied Music
    2
  • MUSC Chamber Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 466 Electronic Music-Digital Audio
    2
  • MUSC 474 Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Music
    3
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • MUSC 462 Counterpoint
    2
  • Foreign Language
    3
14
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Become a tutor or mentor in your major
  • Engage in undergraduate research
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Visit the WVU Farm
  • Attend a football game
  • Attend a Sophomore/Junior Year Experience trip or event
  • Attend an Outdoor Rec Center weekend trip

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Attend the Festival of Ideas
  • Explore community service opportunities in Greek Life
  • Work on a community service project
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Use exercise for mental well-being in Movement for Mental Health
  • Become a Student Wellness Ambassador Leader
  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Sign up for an internship interview

Academics

Fall
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC Chamber Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 421-427D Applied Music
    2
  • MUSC 200 Fundamentals of Conducting Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 460 Upper Division Composition
    2
  • MUSC 460A
    2
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    MUSC 463 Analysis of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Music or
    MUSC 464 Analysis of Twentieth Century Art Music
13
Spring
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC Chamber Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 421-427D Applied Music
    2
  • MUSC 362 Instrumentation and Orchestration
    3
  • MUSC 460 Upper Division Composition
    2
  • MUSC 475 History of Jazz
    3
  • MUSC 488 Recital
    0-2
12
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Attend the Graduation One-Stop Shop
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Register with the WVU Alumni Association
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Attend a football game

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Join a student organization

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Become a Student Wellness Ambassador Leader
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Join an intramural team

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Sign up for an interview
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Attend a career fair
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization

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