A number of careers in the music field require interdisciplinary preparation. Some include music publishing, merchandising, manufacturing, and distribution; arts management; talent representation; songwriting; music copywriting and licensing; computer software design, and concert promotion. Other careers include work with professional organizations, arts commissions, recording and retail stores, and entertainment law offices.
A double major—one major in music and one in another field—is ideal for those students who choose the Bachelor of Arts degree. Within the B.A. degree program, you can combine music with another major in the College of Arts and Sciences such as art, English, a foreign language, journalism, mathematics or sociology. Special double major programs include combining music with communication studies, elementary education or psychology. The B.A. degree with a double major requires a minimum of 120 credits for graduation.
Students often declare a double major in the Bachelor of Music degree program. A common combination is a B.M. degree with majors in performance and music education. Because of the greater number of music requirements in the B.M. degree program, a double major will often take longer than the usual eight semesters to complete.
Multiple degree options are also available. Some popular options are Bachelor of Arts in music combined with a Bachelor of Science in business administration or a Bachelor of Music in composition combined with a Bachelor of Science in computer science. Multiple degree programs involve working with degree requirements and faculties in two departments and/or Colleges within the University. The multiple degree option requires a minimum of 150 credits for graduation.
Many students choose to incorporate one or two minors—music or non-music—into their Bachelor of Arts degree program. In addition to the jazz option of the B.A. program, or the jazz focus in the performance or composition options of the Bachelor of Music degree program, URI also offers a several options for students wanting to minor in music:
- Jazz studies (19 credits), offering students concentrated study in jazz and music courses
- Music (21-22 credits), giving students a broad-based background in music. Course work in this option is similar to that taken by students starting work toward a B. A. or B. M. degree in music.
- Music Performance (19-21 credits), giving students the opportunity for a more concentrated study in voice or on an instrument
- Individual Music Study (minimum of 18 credits) offers students more flexibility. In this option, students design their minor program under the advisement and sponsorship of a faculty member.
- Voice Performance for Theatre Majors (18 credits) gives theatre majors the opportunity for more concentrated and focused study in voice and other areas of music.