The curriculum for the undergraduate Theory/Composition major is designed to foster individual creative ability and to develop a broad and informed musicianship along with a knowledge of the literature of all periods. The department welcomes diversity of compositional styles and esthetic viewpoints and encourages exploration on the part of its students. The program culminates with a recital of original music written while a student is enrolled at Westminster.

Bachelor of Music in Theory / Composition (126 semester hours)
Choirs and Conducting


CR109 Chapel Choir (2 terms) 2 (1 per term)
 Schola Cantorum (2 terms) 2 (1 per term)
 Symphonic Choir (4 terms) 4 (1 per term)
 Fundamentals of Conducting 3
Applied Music and Diction 28
 Voice, Organ, or Piano Primary (8 terms) 8 (1 per term)

Voice or Piano Secondary (4 terms)

4 (1 per term)
 Private Composition (6 terms) 12 (2 per term)
English & Italian Diction *12
French & German Diction *1 2
Theory and Music History 33
Musicianship I/II/III
12 (4 per term)
Contemporary Trends 3
 Theory level I elective 3
 Theory level II elective 3
Music Historiography I/II
8 (1 per term)
MH345Music History Since 1900 3
 Music History elective 3
Professional Studies 18
TH237Composition Class 3
 Additional Level I Theory elective 3
 Additional Level II Theory elective 3
 Additional Theory or Music History electives (2 courses)

Senior Project

Arts and Sciences 30

English Composition

 Foreign Language I/II (2 courses) 6
 Literature or Philosophy elective 3
 Social/Behavioral/Natural Science elective 3
 History elective 3
 Arts & Sciences electives (4 courses) 12
Free Electives 6

Free electives



  1. VC115 and VC116 are required for voice primary students only. Organ and piano primary students may substitute four additional credits of free electives.
  2. Students must present a public recital in the senior year that includes both compositions written by the student and performance on the applied primary instrument. Recitals must be approved in advance by both the Music Composition, History & Theory Department and the applied primary department.
  3. Attendance requirements at monthly departmental forums must be met.
  4. If students are exempted from one or more semesters of foreign language study, they must replace the missing credits with other Arts & Sciences electives.

Disclaimer:  The course information provided above is from the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog and is updated annually as new editions are released.  Prior editions of the catalog are also available online.  The catalog under which the student enters serves as the official record of admission, academic, and graduation requirements.  It is the student’s individual responsibility to be aware of the current graduation requirements for his or her particular degree program.  While the University makes reasonable efforts to keep website material current and correct, this information is subject to the University's academic policy committees, relevant accreditation organizations, and (in some instances) state and federal laws and regulations.