Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Letters - SUNY Buffalo State
The B.A. degree program in Arts & Letters provides the opportunity to craft a customized major for students who are interested in the study of any of the forms of human expression, creativity, and culture, and whose career/life plans would be served by an academic scope broader than that offered by any single department. Students enrolled in the Arts & Letters major may declare Music as the primary area of concentration (18 credits/9 upper div.) or secondary area (9 credits/3 upper div.). A music faculty advisor will be assigned to each Arts & Letters student with a primary area in Music. Arts & Letters students may enroll in any MUS course open to all majors or by successful audition. An advisor may recommend an MUS course that is restricted to Music Majors Only, with the consent of the Music Department Chair.
If an Arts & Letters student is enrolled in a Music Department primary ensemble then they may take applied lessons as MUS 112 (half-hour) course-by-contract, unless permission is given by the Music Department Chair to enroll in the MUS 171-473 applied sequence. Any Arts & Letters student enrolled in the MUS 171-473 applied lesson sequence is then subject to all rules, policies and procedures set forth in this handbook regarding concert attendance, collegia, studio class, and juries. Permission to give a recital as a capstone may only be granted in extenuating circumstances and if the student is enrolled in the appropriate level of applied lessons, has satisfied all other recital conditions set forth in this handbook, and with the consent of the applied instructor, area coordinator, and Music Department Chair.