The undergraduate Sacred Music program is designed for students who are preparing for professional careers in church music. The curriculum provides courses in theological, liturgical, sociological, and practical dimensions of music ministry and requires at least one year of supervised field education in an affiliate church.

Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music (126 semester hours)

Choirs and Conducting


CR109 Chapel Choir (2 terms) 2 (1 per term)
CR209  Schola Cantorum (2 terms) 2 (1 per term)
CR509  Symphonic Choir (4 terms) 4 (1 per term)

 Fundamentals of Conducting


CR315  Techniques of Conducting 3
Applied Music and Diction 24
  Voice, Organ, or Voice Primary (8 terms) 16 (2 per term)

Voice or Piano Secondary (4 terms)

4 (1 per term)
VC115  English & Italian Diction 2
VC116  French & German Diction *1 2
Theory and Music History 33
TH141/142/241  Musicianship I/II/III 12 (4 perm)
TH342 Contemporary Trends 3
  Theory level I elective 3
  Theory level II elective 3
MH247/248 Music Historiography I/II (2 courses) 6 (3 per term)
MH345 Music History Since 1900 3
  Music History elective 3
Professional Studies 19
SM121 Survey of Sacred Music Literature 3
SM122 Worship and Theology 3
SM340 Church Field Education (2 terms) 2 (1 per term)
SM511  Sacred Music Lab (4 terms) 0

Colloquium in Sacred Music (4 terms)

8 (2 per term)
SM541  Conducting in Church Choirs: Pedagogy and Management 3
Arts and Sciences 30

English Composition

  Foreign Language I/II/III/IV (4 courses) *2 12 (2 per term)
  Biblical studies elective 3
  Social/Behavioral/Natural Science elective 3
  History elective 3
  Arts & Sciences electives (2 courses) 6
Free Electives 6

Free electives *3



  1. Attendance is required of all undergraduate Sacred Music majors at weekly Lab or Colloquium meetings during every semester of enrollment, up to a total of 4 semesters for SM511(Lab) and up to a total of 4 semesters for SM531 (Colloquium).
  2. Attendance is required of all graduate Sacred Music majors at weekly Lab (SM511) up to a total of 2 semesters.
  3. Non-voice primary students may substitute two credits of free electives for VC116.
  4. Completion of French, German, Italian, Latin, or Spanish IV is required. If students are exempted from one or more semesters of foreign language study, they must replace the missing credits with other Arts & Sciences electives.