Double Major with Music

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Students who wish to combine a music major with another degree program have the opportunity to do so with the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. This program is the most flexible music major and combines well with many other majors (see below). Students in this program participate in ensembles, take at least two (2) years of private study in voice or a primary instrument and participate fully in the School of Music. 

The Bachelor of Arts in Music also offers concentrations in jazz, performance, theory/composition and musicology. Dual degrees and double majors are also possible with Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Sciences degrees, but are less common. 

The tabs below detail recent graduates who pursued the Bachelor of Arts in Music double major or dual degree combinations and their time to degree completion. Other combinations are possible beyond what is listed here

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Recent Double Majors and Dual Degree Combinations

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BA Music and Economics

Grad Year: 2022
Instrument: Jazz sax
Time to degree: 4 years


BA Music and Psychology

Grad year: 2022
Instrument: Oboe
Time to degree: 4 years


BA Music and English

Grad year: 2021
Instrument: Trumpet
Time to degree: 4.5 years


BA Music and Public Management, Leadership and Policy

Grad year: 2021
Instrument: Cello
Time to degree: 4 years

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BA Music / BSBA Marketing

Grad year: 2022
Instrument: Voice
Time to degree: 5 years


BA Music / BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Grad year: 2022
Instrument: Oboe
Time to degree: 4 years


BA Music / BA Psychology

Grad year: 2022
Instrument: Flute
Time to degree: 4 years


BA Music / BA Philosophy

Grad year: 2022
Instrument: Jazz Guitar
Time to degree: 4 years


BA Music / BA Integrated Language Arts/English Education

Grad year: 2022
Instrument: Oboe
Time to degree: 4 years


BA Music / BA Zoology

Grad year: 2022
Instrument: Flute
Time to degree: 4 years


BA Music / BA Speech and Hearing Science

Grad year: 2022
Instrument: Piano
Time to degree: 4 years


BA Music / BS Biochemistry

Grad year: 2022
Instrument: Bassoon
Time to degree: 4 years


BA Music / BSBA Accounting

Grad year: 2021
Instrument: Violin
Time to degree: 5 years


BA Music / BS Data Analytics

Grad year: 2021
Instrument: Clarinet
Time to degree: 5 years


BA Music / BS Psychology

Grad year: 2021
Instrument: Flute
Time to degree: 4 years


BA Music / BA Speech and Hearing Science

Grad year: 2020
Instrument: Oboe
Time to degree: 4 years


BA Music / BA Speech and Hearing Science

Grad year: 2020
Instrument: Voice
Time to degree: 4 years


BA Music / BS Chemical Engineering

Grad year: 2020
Instrument: Piano
Time to degree: 5 years


BA Music / BA Linguistics

Grad year: 2019
Instrument: Clarinet
Time to degree: 4 years

 

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Actual time to degree completion may vary depending on the individual student's situation (i.e. credits earned per semester, summer coursework and entering with existing college credits.)


Double Major Student Highlights

 

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Maggie McCarter

BA Music Performance (flute), BA Zoology
Graduation year: 2022 (4 years)

I talked to professors during my audition processes for flute, and Ohio State was one that said, ‘Absolutely, this will work. We will let you do both.’ It was a main reason why I wanted to go here.

Read more about Maggie and how she combined her love for music and animals.
 

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Emily Nothnagle

BS in Psychology with Research Distinction, 2021
BA in Music with Honors in the Arts, 2021
BA in Anthropology, 2022
Society & Environmental Issues Minor
History Minor
Graduation year: 2022 (5 years)

Triple majoring in Music, Psychology and Anthropology certainly wasn't easy, but I received tremendous support and encouragement from the professors and advisors in the School of Music. I pursued three bachelor degrees because I wanted to be able to explore all of my passions without having to give anything up, and I found that the three fields connect in surprising and fascinating ways!

Read how Emily approached her studies in numerous areas of interest while also excelling at numerous extra-curricular activities, including a NCAA championship.
 

And, let's not forget, the Director of the Best Damn Band in the Land...
 

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Christopher Hoch 

BS Mathematics
BME Music Education
Graduation year: 2000 (5 years)

In addition to: 
MM Instrumental Conducting
MM Music Education
PhD Music Education

For Chris Hoch, background in math and music education is a winning combination.