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BSc Musicology – Ethnomusicology

The Musicology – Ethnomusicology program at Portland State University will give you a strong music foundation with an emphasis on musicology.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $666 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

You’ll take advanced coursework in music history and world music, and receive direct mentorship from faculty as you complete a final research project. You’ll participate in a variety of ensembles, including the opportunity to explore non-western music in our Taiko drumming group or Javanese Gamelan. You’ll also get hands-on experience through writing and editing work for our scholarly journal Subito.


Most of our alumni go on to grad school or combine a career as a freelance arts writer with composing, performing, or teaching. Others pursue related careers: arts administrator, arts writer, music critic, music journalist, or educator.

Recent graduates of the Musicology – Ethnomusicology program at Portland State University have been accepted to graduate programs at the University of Amsterdam, Portland State, and other universities across the country.


Courses Included

  • Music Theory
  • Sight-Singing/Ear Training
  • Music History: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque
  • Music History: Classical and Romantic
  • Music History: 20th Century
  • Topics in Music History