College Catalog: 2013-2014

School of Contemporary Arts (CA): Music (B.A.)

Four Year Plan

Website: School of Contemporary Arts

Concentrations: Music Industry, Music Performance,
Music Production, Music Studies.




About the Major

The Music Program at Ramapo College, with its distinctly contemporary orientation, emphasizes creativity and experiential learning in an interdisciplinary and multicultural framework. The program focuses on many forms of contemporary music and digital-music technologies, while cultivating an appreciation for American music, Western art music, and musical traditions from around the world. The major begins with foundational studies in three areas: musicianship, music history and culture, and musical technologies and media. Students select one of four concentrations – Music Industry, Music Performance, Music Production or Music Studies – all of which offer opportunities for internships, independent projects, and performance. These flexible and interconnected concentrations allow students to develop their interests, talents, and skills in individual ways.

  • Music Industry focuses on the rapidly changing dynamics of the music business and the relationship of music, business, and technology in the digital media landscape.
  • Music Performance is particularly experiential in developing musical skills and communication, and also provides a foundation for students seeking to pursue K-12 teaching.
  • Music Production develops skills in original composition, production and recording techniques, scoring for visual media, and electronic performance.
  • Music Studies includes the more interpretive disciplines of music, the craft of writing about music, and preparation for graduate studies.

Students completing this program will receive a B.A. degree. A minor in Music is available.

Requirements of the Major and Concentrations
  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a (W) below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.
  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
  3. Writing Intensive Requirement (six courses):  three writing intensive courses in the general education curriculum are required: First Year Seminar, Critical Reading and Writing (formerly College English), and Readings in the Humanities; the other three courses are taken in the major.

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Requirements of the Minor
  1. At least 1/2 of the courses fulfilling a minor must be distinct from the student’s major. That is, three of the five courses required for a minor cannot be used towards fulfillment of major requirements. A school core does not need to be completed for a minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.