This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2023-24.

Major Requirements

The requirements for the major are as follows:

Music Theory

All of the following:

Music History

All of the following:

One of the Following

One of the Following


One elective course above the 100 level, excluding performance (PF) courses. However,  may serve as an elective.

Performance Ensemble

All music majors must participate in one of the following performance ensembles beginning the semester following declaration of the concentration through graduation: Colgate University Chamber Players, Colgate University Chorus, Colgate University Jazz Ensemble, Colgate University Orchestra. A minimum of four semesters is required, no exceptions for off-campus study.

GPA Requirement

A music major must have a GPA of at least 2.00 in the above courses to graduate.

Honors and High Honors

Students interested in pursuing honors can find the additional requirements on the  department page.

Music Department

For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the  catalog page.