Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Music in World Cultures (Ethnomusicology) program is designed to strengthen the essential knowledge for international or domestic cross-cultural careers. The program will help students evaluate the roles of an ethnomusicologist and learn the foundations of ethnomusicology. The program also offers students the opportunity to specialize in music from one of the world’s many cultures. Students that would like to advance their education may apply their certificate program credits towards the Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology degree.

The program requires students to complete 12 credit hours within four courses. The three required courses include: Introduction to Ethnomusicology, Field of Ethnomusicology, and Music, Orality & Storytelling. The final three credits are fulfilled by completing a Seminar in Ethnic Music course. There are a total of ten seminar courses to choose from with each one focusing on a specific culture’s music. Some of the focuses are Africa, Latin America, China and Eastern Europe.

Within the three required courses, students will gain a broad education regarding the world’s cultures and music. The program’s courses will cover topics such as traditions of cultures, ethnomusicology research, and music analysis. Students should also learn effective methods to break down cultural barriers to help facilitate strong intercultural relationships. In addition, students will begin to analyze philosophical approaches to ethnomusicology and examine major literary works relating to ethnomusicology practice.

Students must complete each courses with a grade of “C” or higher. In addition, the program must be completed with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Liberty University offers students access to academic advisors, the Online Writing Center, and the online Library. Students may also use Liberty University Online Communities which offer videos of Convocation & Campus Church events, spiritual encouragement, and communities to converse with fellow students.

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