BA/BMus, BS/BMus, BA/BAMus, or BS/BAMus in Communication and Music

The dual degree program in communication and music offers students the opportunity to earn both a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts in communication and either a bachelor of music or bachelor of arts in music in five years. Students may select any of the School of Communication’s six majors and any of the available programs in music.

Dual degree students must complete all requirements for both degrees (see the double counting allowances in the chart below) and the Undergraduate Registration Requirement. Each school enforces all of its policies regarding requirements.

Current students interested in pursuing the dual degree in communication and music should contact the assistant dean for student affairs in the Bienen School of Music and a School of Communication adviser in the desired major. Contact information for advisers is available at communication.northwestern.edu/advising.

BA/BMus or BS/BMus Course Requirements

Course Title
BM degree (Bienen): complete all core and major requirements
BM degree (Bienen): all distribution requirements are fulfilled by communication degree requirements
BA or BS degree (SoC): complete all major requirements
BA or BS degree (SoC): complete all distribution and language requirements according to SoC policy

BA/BAMus or BS/BAMus Course Requirements

Course Title
BAMus degree (Bienen): complete all core and major requirements
BAMus degree (Bienen): complete all distribution and language requirements according to Bienen School policy, with the following double counting allowances:
SoC math/science/technology distribution courses may count toward Area I Natural Sciences and Area II Formal Studies distribution requirements
SoC individual social/behavior distribution courses may count toward Area III Social/Behavioral Sciences distribution requirements
SoC major courses may count for English composition/writing requirement
BA or BS degree (SoC): complete all major requirements
BA or BS degree (SoC): complete all distribution and language requirements according to SoC policy