The Bachelor of Arts in Music prepares students for graduate work in musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, and composition, and for careers in composition and music theory, musicology and ethnomusicology, music and research, music teaching, music criticism, music librarianship, music publishing, arts management, and other broad areas of the music and arts industry. Music majors at the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) may participate in the activities of the School of Music at the College of Fine Arts (CFA); admission to almost all School of Music ensembles is by audition. Additionally, two minors in music (non-performance and performance) are offered. Required music courses are taught by the faculty of the School of Music.

Students who are primarily interested in the bachelor of music in instrumental or vocal performance, composition, or music history should apply directly to the School of Music at the College of Fine Arts.