Undergraduate Program Music History Minor

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Music History Minor Overview

For inquisitive students passionate about music, history, and culture, our Music History Minor is the perfect complement to any liberal arts degree at PSU.

You’ll take advanced coursework in music history and world music, and 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.

Prospective music minors must apply to PSU and submit a secondary application to the School of Music & Theater. Learn more about our application process.

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Music History Minor: Why PSU?

We are proud to be a national College of Distinction for our commitment to helping students to succeed. At PSU, you will gain the experience and knowledge you need to make a difference in your career and community.

What can I do with a minor in Music History?

Most of our alumni go on to grad school or combine a career as a freelance musician with teaching. Others pursue related careers: arts administrator, arranger, producer, and composer.

Recent graduates have been accepted into graduate programs at Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Cleveland Institute. Some are performing with Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra, Portland Opera, and Vancouver Symphony. Others hold administrative and educational positions at Kennedy Center, Portland Ballet, All Classical Radio, Portland Youth Philharmonic, and Bravo Youth Orchestras.

Featured Courses

  • MUS 102 Contemporary Music Theory II
  • MUS 304 Music History: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque
  • MUS 355 Jazz History
  • MUS 411 Topics in Music History


  • MUS 360 The Guitar: Its History and Music
  • MUS 368 Mowtown: Detroit's History & Music
  • MUS 369 Music & Social Change


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

PSU's Music programs are fully accredited National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and holds the All-Steinway School designation.