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Curriculum Structure

Curriculum Structure

Each degree program is comprised of various components, including courses in the Liberal Arts Core, Music, Professional areas, and Electives.

Liberal Arts Core

The core curriculum at UNI is called the Liberal Arts Core, and consists of courses in English, Mathematics, the Social Sciences, Physical Education, etc. The number of hours required varies from 41 to 47 hours, depending upon the degree program. Students are relatively free to choose the order in which they fulfill these requirements, but some guidelines are suggested:

  1. English and Mathematics portions (Category 5 courses) should be taken as early as possible in the student's career.
  2. Humanities I and II (both rather demanding courses in terms of the amount of preparation required) also should be taken early in the student's career.
  3. Students must complete Sphere I courses in the Natural Sciences (Category 4) before they take Sphere II courses.

For more information on Liberal Arts Core requirements, see the current Catalog or the LAC page.

Music Courses

All music majors are required to take courses in music theory, music literature, applied music, and ensembles, but the number and type of required courses vary from degree program to degree program. For most programs a standard sequence of courses is expected (see Plan of Study Major Templates). If it is not followed, the student may find that he or she will have to spend more than four years in residence.

Note that not all degree programs require the same number of hours in theory or music literature, and that certain programs require additional music courses: Performance and Music Education curricula, for example, include Conducting, and voice students are required to take Diction, while other programs do not have these requirements.

Not all courses are offered each semester. Students must plan ahead in the event that the course they wish to take is not offered. Examples of such classes include 570:163 (Instrumental Methods III) and 570:165 (Choral Methods and Materials, both of which are offered only in spring semester. The Plan of Study Major Templates will be of help in this regard.

Professional Education Courses

In Music Education degree programs, students are required to complete all three Levels in the Professional Sequence as taught by the College of Education. At present, 28 hours of Professional Education courses are required, including student teaching. There are some options regarding the times when these courses may be taken. If the Bulletin and the Plan of Study Major Templates do not answer your questions, contact the Music Education Chair, Dr. Kevin Droe, for details.


Electives and elective requirements vary from program to program. PLEASE NOTE: Music Education curricula are filled with required courses; there is no room for electives in these programs.