What is Musicology?

Musicology is designed for students who are broadly interested in the historical and cultural background of music. In this major, you’ll work with your advisor to structure a curriculum that include both music and non-music courses that focus on a subject you’re passionate about. Your professors will be specialists in the major periods of Western music history as well as music in other parts of the world. Classes range from Musical Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain to Film Music. You must pass an audition for acceptance into this program.

Career Options

  • Music history
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Research
  • Teaching

Post-Graduation Success1

87% employed or continuing education

28% employed after graduation

57% attending graduate school

2% volunteering

Insufficient survey data is available for average starting annual income.

Sample employer destinations: The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney World, School of Rock, Guitar Center

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington-Seattle

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

27 - 31 ACT Score

1270 - 1390 SAT Score

3.25 - 3.95 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,640
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $32,994


  • Tuition: $30,782
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $50,476


  • Tuition: $31,656
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,350