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Value of a Minor

Are you interested in enhancing your studies with a minor? In addition to major areas of study, UTSA offers a variety of programs that provide valuable contributions to students' academic careers. While pursuing an undergraduate minor, students have the opportunity to explore personal interests and passions outside of their major program or complement their current major, helping them further stand out in the job market.
UTSA music student playing the cello

Why Pursue a Minor in Music

The Minor in Music is a comprehensive musical journey, tailored to shape students’ unique artistic paths. Students are immersed in essential courses covering music theory and aural skills, establishing robust foundations as musicians. Students actively participate in ensembles and customize their experience with a broad selection of classes spanning music history, literature, industry, and music technology.

UTSA Music Minor

What You'll Study

Students pursuing the Minor in Music will take the following courses:

  • Basic Skills 1 and 2
  • Aural Skills 1 and 2
  • One class in music technology
  • Two courses chosen from music history, literature, and industry

In addition, students will also participate in three ensembles. The Minor in Music is available to students in all majors except for the BA in Music and all concentrations in the Bachelor of Music degree. To declare the Minor in Music, students must interview with a School of Music advisor and submit the Declaration of Minor Form.

Adding a Minor

Though not required, declaring a minor is an excellent way to enhance your major area of study. A minor typically consists of 6 courses (18 semester credit hours), and may have additional requirements depending on the minor selected. After being admitted to UTSA and registered for classes, students can meet with their assigned academic advisor to discuss the addition of a minor to their degree plan.

Please note, students can add a minor as long as they have earned less than 75 credit hours. However, the addition of a minor may or may not delay graduation. All requirements for the minor must be met at graduation; a minor cannot be added to a student’s degree program once they graduate. Students should meet with their assigned academic advisor to understand the impacts of adding a minor to their degree plan.
Dr. Laura Kelly, School of music professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio

Program Advisor

Laura Kelly, PhD