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Ethnomusicology

Using music as an entry into a variety of cultures, social classes, and populations, the discipline of ethnomusicology has become an important field of study for students interested in music education, music performance, music history, performance studies (ritual studies, dramaturgy and ethno-choreology), cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and other interdisciplinary fields. Learn more about the academic requirements. Contact Dr. Jon McCollum (jmccollum2@washcoll.edu) for more information!

Academic Requirements

The minor in ethnomusicology (23-credits) is open to students in all subject areas, including both musicians and non-musicians.

Core Requirements (4 credits)

MUS 406. Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology

Elective Requirements (at least 2 must be a MUS course) (16 credits)

MUS/ANT 104. Introduction to World Music and Ethnomusicology
MUS 106. Rock, Pop and American Culture
MUS 301. Music and Gender
MUS/ANT 313. Music of Latin America
MUS 314. Music of Asia
MUS/PHL 327. Music, Ritual, and Early Christianity
ANT 105. Introduction to Anthropology
ANT 215. Sex, Gender and Culture
ANT 305. Doing Anthropology
ANT 394. Representation and Power
DRA 305. Theater and Drama: Traditional Japanese Theater

World Music Performance Requirement (3 credits)

MUS 278. Steel Pan Ensemble
MUS 279. Japanese Music Ensemble
MUS 285. Early Music Consort
MUS 295. Afro-Cuban Ensemble

Info For Music & Anthropology Majors

Music Majors who minor in ethnomusicology will have to observe the following guidelines:

(1) they may only double count 2 courses between the MUS major and the Ethnomusicology minor, and

(2) at least two of the courses used to satisfy the minor must be offered by the Department of Anthropology. Students will not be permitted to minor in both music and ethnomusicology simultaneously.  

Anthropology Majors who minor in ethnomusicology will have to observe the following guidelines:  

(1) they may only double count 2 courses between the ANT major and the Ethnomusicology minor, and

(2) at least 2 of the electives must be have an MUS designation.  Students will not be permitted to minor in both anthropology and ethnomusicology simultaneously.

Hannah Foster