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Music Performance: Jazz Studies Major Map

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

Jazz Studies encourages study, training and performance in all forms of creative improvised music, jazz and world music. You’ll expand your creative vision and gain a global perspective.

Academics

Spring
15
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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).
  • New international students: Find a mentor who is an upperclassman
  • Attend New Student Orientation
  • Visit each of your instructors during office hours
  • Sit in the front row of your class at least 5 times
  • Declare a major and file an academic plan

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
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Consult Off-Campus Housing to find an apartment for your sophomore year
  • Sign up for a Living-Learning Community
  • Eat a pepperoni roll

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:

  • Attend the study abroad fair
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Participate in an Outdoor Recreation Center spring or winter break trip

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
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Exercise daily
  • Complete AlcoholEdu Part 2
  • Visit the Student Rec Center

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
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Attend a resume writing class
  • Take a writing or communications class
  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall

Academics

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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).
  • 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
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Check all of your degree requirements

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:

  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Visit the Outdoor Education Center and participate in a Challenge Course or Canopy Tour
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Attend Spring 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:

  • Join a student organization
  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization

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)
  • Become a level 1 Bystander Trainer
  • Stay healthy: Ask an Expert via well.wvu.edu
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one

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:

  • Attend a career fair
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Meet with a career professional to make sure you are on track professionally
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Submit your resume to Career Services

Academics

Fall
15
Spring
16
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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).
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Attend dinner presentations at the Faculty Dinner Series
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • Go talk to a faculty member in your department about graduate school or career options

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 a student or faculty performance at the Creative Arts Center
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Visit the Core Arboretum
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC

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:

  • Get involved in the Student Government Association
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Take Enhancing Well-being Coaching Class
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life
  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program

Health and Wellness

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

  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center
  • Become a leadWELL Mentor
  • Become an Alcohol Literacy trainer and educate peers about the real effects of drinking alcohol
  • Use your resources: learn about all your health-related needs 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 third year you should:

  • Attend the Sophomore/Junior Fair during your fall semester to explore studying abroad, internships, career choices and more
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Consider graduate or professional school
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Join a club sport team

Academics

Spring
14
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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).
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Attend the Graduation One-Stop Shop
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser

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:

  • Sit in the Senior Spirit Section (Section 121) at the home football games
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Register with the WVU Alumni Association
  • Attend a football game
  • Attend the Mountaineer Send-Off

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:

  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program
  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Explore community service opportunities in Greek Life

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 TIPS (Training Intervention Program) trainer and help prevent alcohol misuse
  • Drop in to a meditation class in the Health and Education Building
  • Become a Student Wellness Ambassador Leader
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador 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.)
  • Participate in a practice job interview session
  • Attend a career fair
  • Sign up for an interview
  • Submit your resume to Career Services

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