Dec 06, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Music (B.S.M.) with a Concentration in an Outside Field

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Program: Bachelor of Science in Music
School of Music  
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rhinehart Music Center 144 ~ 260-481-6714

Students in this program become competent in another field outside music by completing 27 credit hours of intensive study and earning a minor in that discipline. Possible outside fields include business, theatre, or any other discipline offering a minor. Several of the outside fields offer internship experiences that prepare students with valuable real-world experience.

Student learning outcomes common to all music degrees are as follows:

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of music theory sufficient to analyze musical forms, structures, and styles; to create within basic musical structures; and to relate theoretical concepts to sound.
  • Students will demonstrate performance ability as ensemble members, as conductors, and as soloists on both a primary instrument and a secondary instrument.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the history and literature of western and non-western music, with an understanding of the social, political and cultural impacts that shaped music history.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in utilizing appropriate technology to notate and create music, to investigate and report scholarly research, and to support the specific demands of their professional degrees.

Student learning outcomes specific to the Bachelor of Science in Music and all Outside Field concentrations are as follows:

  • Students in this program will demonstrate competence in another field outside music by completing 27 credit hours of intensive study and earning a minor in that discipline. An outside field can be pursued in any discipline that offers a minor at Purdue Fort Wayne.
  • To earn the B.S. in Music Outside Field, one must satisfy the requirements of Purdue University Fort Wayne (Regulations ) and the music core, and complete the courses prescribed for the concentration with a grade of C- or better in each music and concentration course.


Program Description

Want to continue music and pair it with study in another area of the university? This flexible program allows you to create your own outside field of 27 credit hours of intensive study in areas like business, theatre, or any another discipline. You can do this and also explore your musical talent through a core of rich experiences in music performance, history and theory.

With the help of our great faculty advisors, you can choose what additional area you would like to explore as you consider you future and how you can combine music with other interests. Several of these “outside fields” also offer internship experiences that will prepare you for a career with valuable real-world experiences.


  • Programs offered by the school are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association.

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on campus though some courses may be available as distance learning.

Declaring this Major:

  • Students who choose to major in music must be accepted by both Purdue Fort Wayne and the School of Music. For information regarding admission to the university, see the Office of Admissions web page: Purdue Fort Wayne Portal/admissions.

  • Acceptance into the School of Music is not automatic upon acceptance by the university. All accepted students who indicate music as their major are placed into the Pre-Music category by the Admissions Office. Full acceptance as a music major is contingent upon a successful audition.

  • Auditions.Information about audition requirements are found on the school web site:Purdue Fort Wayne Portal/music.

Students in this degree are subject to the policies for all music degrees found on the School of Music  page.

General Requirements:

Program Requirements:

Music and an Outside Field 4-Yr. Plan:   

General Education Requirements: Credits 33

General Education Requirements    

Category B6 Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing: Credits 3

Performance Studies: Credits 28

Applied Secondary: Credits 4

Non Keyboard Applied Primaries take:

Keyboard Applied Primaries take:

Ensemble: Credits 8

Outside Field Choices Credits 27

Students will choose an outside field from the academic programs offered at Purdue Fort Wayne. Students will declare a minor in an outside field discipline, or work with a designated School of Music faculty advisor in the event that a minor is not offered in their chosen outside field. 

Outside Fields Credits 27

  • Students will declare a minor in an outside field discipline. Instructions for declaring a minor are outlined in the catalog in the appropriate minor section.
  • After declaring a minor in the desired outside field, additional coursework to achieve the 27 credit hour requirement will be completed in the same subject code(s) as the minor; this additional coursework must be at the 3XXXX level or higher.
  • In the event that a minor is not available in the student’s desired outside field, the student will work with a designated School of Music faculty advisor.  In collaboration with a faculty member in the desired outside, Music will determine the outside field curriculum.

Grade Requirements

Grades. Music majors must complete each required music course with a grade of C- or better and with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher for all required music courses. Two unsuccessful attempts to attain a grade of C- or better in the same required music course will result in dismissal from the School of Music. 

A student may elect the Pass/Not-Pass grading option for non-degree elective courses only. The Pass/Not-Pass grading option is not available to General Education or any electives required for the major.

Exceptions to academic policies require a written request to the music faculty in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Total: Credits 120

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean. 

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