Minor in Music

University Core Curriculum Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work


Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).


Engaged Learning Experiences  

Students must complete, at Northeastern, three courses designated as Engaged Learning Experiences courses. One of the Engaged Learning Experiences courses must be at the 300-level, and one Engaged Learning Experiences course must be designated as "Boundary Crossing".


Discipline Specific (ELE-DS)

These courses have pre-requisites that are specific courses within a program of study. Discipline Specific courses give students a deeper understanding of how knowledge is created and applied in their field.


Boundary Crossing (ELE-X)

These are courses that cross disciplinary boundaries and/or cross boundaries through engagements outside the classroom or University allowing students to see how knowledge gained in one field might inform other fields or other aspects of society.


Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.


Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences, may waive up to 6 credit hours of General Education requirements in the corresponding distribution area.


 Majors in Natural Sciences may waive up to 9 credit hours of General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences distribution area.

Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements

Minor in Music (23 credit hours)

In consultation with the Music Minor Advisor, the student designs an individualized and appropriately balanced program to meet personal interests and needs. Courses are selected from the departmental curriculum and may not include MUS-101. Students must obtain the advisor's approval for the total program plan and declare the minor prior to coursework. The curriculum plan must include:

  • Music Theory (6 credits),
  • Music History (3 credits), and
  • Music Technology (3 credits).

Individual applied instruction and ensemble credits may be combined for a maximum of 5 credits. Applied and ensemble credits must be approved by the minor advisor in advance. All music minors must attend a total of 20 concerts sponsored by the Department of Music. A total of five concerts occurring in off-campus venues may be applied to the required 20 if approved in advance by the student’s Music Minor Advisor.

Students in the Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education programs who have selected this minor must complete a departmental course of study and a minimum of 9 hours at the 300-level to meet graduation and licensure requirements.

Please see department office to meet with a  music minor advisor.