Jul 19, 2024  
2020/2021 University Catalog 
2020/2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, Global Composition Specialization, B.M. in Applied Arts and Sciences

All candidates for a bachelor of music degree must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .” The maximum number of units in upper division music courses acceptable toward the Bachelor of Music degree is 70.

A minor is not required with this major.

Preparation for the Major

All majors must fulfill the requirements in one of the following areas of specialization.

  1. Music Education
  2. Performance
  3. Global Composition
  4. Jazz Studies
  5. Professional Studies

Language Requirement

Global Composition and Professional Studies Track 2 - competency (equivalent to that which is normally attained in one semester of college study) in French, German, Italian, or Spanish.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Passing the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 10 or completing one of the approved upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.


(48 units)

Students specializing in global composition are required to present a concert of their compositions during their senior year and present the scores of works to be performed to the music faculty no less than one month in advance of the performance.

Performance Studies for Credit

Credit may be allowed for performance studies under the following conditions:

  1. Properly enrolled Bachelor of Music majors may enroll for performance studies with resident faculty without an additional fee.
  2. Students may under no circumstances change instructors in the middle of a semester without first securing the permission of the director of the School of Music and Dance.
  3. Prior to the start of performance studies at San Diego State University, students are required to take a preliminary audition conducted by music faculty which will indicate status at the beginning of their studies.
  4. Students who have dropped out of school or have stopped taking performance studies for credit for one semester or more, upon resumption of that instruction for credit are required to present another preliminary audition.
  5. At the end of each semester, the School of Music and Dance will sponsor a jury examination to satisfy itself that its standards have been met.
  6. Students enrolled in performance studies must be concurrently enrolled in the Comprehensive Musicianship program and class piano until such time as the CM and piano requirements are fulfilled.