Ethnomusicology (M.A.) - Global Studies

Ethnomusicology (M.A.) - Global Studies

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2024 through summer 2025. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Foundational Studies in Ethnomusicology Courses
ETHM 512Field of Ethnomusicology3
ETHM 521Skills and Techniques of Ethnomusicology 13
ETHM 530Worship and Culture3
ETHM 531Resources and Materials in Ethnomusicology3
ETHM 560Ethnic Music Performance0
ETHM 560Ethnic Music Performance0
ETHM 611Arts in Global Engagement3
ETHM 650Research Methods in Ethnomusicology3
ETHM 683Foreign Language Proficiency0
ETHM 688Field Experience in Ethnomusicology3
ETHM 689Master's Thesis/Project Proposal and Research 2,33
ETHM 690Master's Thesis/Project Defense 20
ETHM 692Graduate Ethnomusicology Comprehensive Exam0
Total Hours24

ETHM 411, ETHM 511, or MUSC 314 are prerequisites for ETHM 521.


Any student who is not ready for enrollment in ETHM 690 after completing ETHM 689 may be required, as determined by the student's thesis/project chair, to repeat ETHM 689 until deemed ready for enrollment in ETHM 690.


Any student who needs to enroll in ETHM 689 more than three times needs the approval of School of Music administration.

Regional Seminar
Choose one of the following courses:3
Seminar in Ethnic Music
Seminar in Ethnic Music: India
Seminar in Ethnic Music: Native America
Seminar in Ethnic Music: Africa
Seminar in Ethnic Music: Latin America
Seminar in Ethnic Music: Middle East
Seminar in Ethnic Music: China
Seminar in Ethnic Music: Southeast Asia
Seminar in Ethnic Music: Indonesia
Seminar in Ethnic Music: Eastern Europe
Total Hours3
Global Studies Cognate
GLST 650Intercultural Communication3
GLST 655Orality - The Power of Story3
GLST 675Contextualization and Global Thought3
Total Hours9

All Applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 36 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-)
  • No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-)
  • Degree must be completed within 5 years
  • Foreign Language Reading Requirement
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
ETHM 512 Field of Ethnomusicology 3
ETHM 531 Resources and Materials in Ethnomusicology 3
ETHM 530 Worship and Culture 3
Second Semester
ETHM 521 Skills and Techniques of Ethnomusicology 1 3
Regional Seminar 2 3
ETHM 650 Research Methods in Ethnomusicology 3
ETHM 560 Ethnic Music Performance 0
Second Year
First Semester
ETHM 611 Arts in Global Engagement 3
ETHM 688 Field Experience in Ethnomusicology 3
GLST 650 Intercultural Communication 3
ETHM 560 Ethnic Music Performance 0
ETHM 683 0
Second Semester
GLST 655 Orality - The Power of Story 3
GLST 675 Contextualization and Global Thought 3
ETHM 689 Master's Thesis/Project Proposal and Research 3 3
ETHM 692 Graduate Ethnomusicology Comprehensive Exam 0
ETHM 690 Master's Thesis/Project Defense 3 0
 Total Hours36

ETHM 411, 511, or MUSC 314 are prerequisites for ETHM 521. 


Choose two courses from the following: ETHM 540, 541, 542, 543, 544, 545, 546, 547, 548 & 549. Courses rotate on a 2-year basis. Contact advising for upcoming course offerings. 


Any student who is not ready for enrollment in ETHM 690 after completing ETHM 689 may be required, as determined by the student’s thesis/project chair to repeat ETHM 689 until deemed ready for enrollment in ETHM 690

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