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Music and Peacebuilding

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Explore the intersections of music and peacebuilding with a hands-on, interdisciplinary major that tailors elective courses and practicum to a student's career goals. The combination of music and peacebuilding can be a powerful tool to creatively transform conflict and promote intercultural competence. In this program, students cultivate creativity as practitioners of music and peace, where in addition to the fundamental courses of both departments, students build a rich portfolio and engage in a significant practicum opportunity, which help students build a diverse set of skills to be marketable for employment.

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Required Music Courses (33 SH)

  • CMUS 120 Fundamentals of Music (3 SH)
  • CMUS 181 Music Theory I (3 SH)
  • CMUS 281 Music Theory II (3 SH)
  • CMUS 250 Music History I (3 SH)
  • CMUS 260 Music History II (3 SH)
  • CMUS 200 Landscape of Music (0 SH)
  • CMUS 411 Conducting I (4 SH)
  • MUPS Private studies (7 SH)
  • MUES Ensembles (7 SH)

Required Peacebuilding Courses (16-18 SH)

  • PXD 151 Exploring Conflict and Peace (3 SH) OR SOC 101 Intro to Sociology (3 SH)
  • PXD 225 Theories of Social Change (3 SH) OR PXD 365 Social and Political Economy (3 SH)
  • PXD 261 Community & Conflict Analysis Tech. (3 SH)
  • PXD 341 Mediation & Facilitation (3 SH) OR PXD 451 Program Evaluation (3 SH)
  • PXD 345 Peacebuilding Theory and Action (3 SH)
  • PXD 431 PXD Practicum (1-3 SH)


Other approved courses in music, Peacebuilding, theology, non-profit management, sociology, etc. (9 SH)


  • MUPS 492 Capstone Project for Music and Peacebuilding (1 SH)
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