The Area of Music offers the Bachelor of Music degree with major specializations in Music Education (141 semester credit hours required) and Music Performance (133 semester credit hours required). The degree requires the successful completion of a core curriculum (45 semester credit hours); the Liberal Studies Requirements (50-51 semester credit hours; the Fine Arts requirement is waived); and a major Specialization in Music Education (43-44 semester credit hours) or Music Performance (26-28 semester credit hours).
The Area of Music also offers the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. The degree requires the successful completion of 128 semester credit hours, including: General Studies 45-50 hours; Musicianship Studies 21 hours; Performance Studies 16 hours; Further Studies in Music - 17 hours; Advised Electives - 18 hours and Free Electives - 6 hours. At least 25 hours of elective courses completed must be at the 300-400 level.
Kentucky State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
All majors in the Bachelor of Arts In Music and Bachelor of Music degree programs must successfully complete either the University Liberal Studies General Core Requirements (except for the Fine Arts component - Art 103, MUS 130 or the 130 - 50 hours or the Whitney Young School Honors Core - 45 hours. If the University Liberal Studies General Core is chosen, then MUS 323 African-American Music or MUS 325 Jazz History and Literature or MUS 333 Music of Africa and Asia may be substituted for the IGS elective (IGS 301, 302, 303, 304).