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Jazz Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Music – Jazz Studies (Instrument or Voice)

  • The program details described below are subject to change. Actual degree requirements for a given academic year may differ from what is listed here.
  • Refer to the 2016-2017 USC Catalogue for complete course descriptions and degree requirements.
  • See the Thornton Admission page for specific application information.
  • Current students should refer to the specific requirements list for their major, which is available through the Thornton Student Affairs office.


The BA in music is a four-year, 128-unit program.

Sample Summary of Program of Study

Lessons (6 units)

MUJZ 301 Individual Instruction in primary instrument (lessons) (three 2-unit courses)

Music Ensembles (4 units)

MUEN 3__ 300-400 level ensembles (four 1-unit courses)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (32 units)

MUHL 2 Music History and Literature (three 4-unit courses)
MUCO 132ab Aural Skills (two 2-unit courses)
MUCO 133ab Music Theory (two 3-unit courses)
MUCO 338 Elementary Orchestration (2 units)
MUJZ 141ab Basic Keyboard Skills for the Improviser (two 2-unit courses)
MUJZ 305ab Advanced Jazz Theory (two 2-unit courses)

General Education (32 units)

GE Six 4-unit courses in various fields of study
(see http://dornsife.usc.edu/2015ge for detailed requirements)
WRIT 150/340 Two 4-unit courses in Writing

Foreign Language (12 units)

Three courses in the same language (three 4-unit courses)

Electives (42 units)

Music courses at the 300 or 400 level (16 units)
Music or non-music courses (26 units)

All curricular requirements are evaluated on an annual basis and are subject to change. Students follow the curricular requirements as published in the USC Catalogue for their year of matriculation. A typical undergraduate credit load is 16-18 units per semester.