School of Music

Bachelor of Music in Music History and Literature

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Why Choose Music History and Literature?

You will grasp basic principles of the structure, design, and language of music in its historical and cultural contexts while studying music history and literature at Wright State. You can better understand the music you hear, perform, and create. This major is not a terminal degree, and you should expect to continue at the graduate level. Please consult with the appropriate faculty advisor before entering this program.


Our graduates work as and are employed by:

  • Music Teacher – Mad River Local Schools
  • Worship and Music Leader – New Life United Methodist Church
  • Director of Bands and Choir – Kansas City Schools
  • Singer/Dancer – Carnival Cruise Line
  • Voice teacher – Piano Preparatory School

The Center for Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS) helps you complete your degree and achieve success after college. CLASS offers the following workforce development services:

  • Personalized and professional career advising
  • Liberal arts student career success series
  • Experiential education/Internships
  • Career-related programs and events
  • Liberal arts liaison for all Wright State career resources and services

Success Stories

Wright State music historian Dennis Loranger likely knows more about the music and the composer than anyone else.
Kris Kropff has been president of music publishing at The Lorenz Corporation since 2011. She has edited more than a dozen textbooks for Lorenz, Heritage Music Press, and Roger Dean Publishing Company and continues to serve as literary editor at Lorenz.

Academics and Curriculum

Students majoring in music history and literature must complete level III in the applied music concentration. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Senior students are required to complete a senior project. The project may consist of an extensive written research paper or a scholarly lecture or lecture/recital.

View the Bachelor of Music in Music History and Literature program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.


  1. To be a student of the School of Music, you must also apply and be accepted into Wright State University. Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application.
  2. Apply to the School of Music. To apply to the School of Music, fill out and submit the undergraduate application.

Students planning to pursue this major will be placed in the B.A.-Music degree until the following requirements have been met: a minimum grade of C in MUS 1210 and completion of MUS 1020 and 1520.


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