Ethnomusicology, B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Ethnomusicology encompasses studies of music and culture and integrates aspects of musicology and anthropology as well as music performance, history, and theory. Interdisciplinary work, field study, and explorations of music and culture have been key components of the UW Ethnomusicology program since its beginnings in 1963. Students in the program study music and musicians in various contexts and through various disciplinary lenses. The Bach­e­lor of Arts degree is intended for stu­dents whose pri­mary desire is for a well-rounded lib­eral arts edu­ca­tion in music.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Topic: Arts

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: Following completion of prerequisite classes, students are eligible to apply to the major.
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission.
  • Minimum 3.0 grade in either MUSIC 251 or MUSIC 252
  • Minimum 2.0 grade in each MUSIC course taken
  • Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA
  • Admission is based on the student’s transcript(s), musical interests, and statement of purpose, which should explain the student’s interest in ethnomusicology and potential areas of specialization.

Courses required for the major:

  • MUSIC 251 A&H SSc – Music Cultures of the World: the Americas
  • MUSIC 252 A&H – Music Cultures of the World
  • Other approved coursework in Ethnomusicology


  • Visit the Music Department’s website for information on how to apply to Ethnomusicology.
  • Questions? Email the School of Music at:

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 68
Total from Washington community colleges: 5

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 2
3.50 – 3.74: 0
3.25 – 3.49: 1
3.00 – 3.24: 1
2.75 – 2.99: 0
2.50 – 2.74: 1
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes