Feb 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Music: Industry and Technology Specialization (B.S.)

Approved at the June 2022 SD Board of Regents meeting.

Start date is Summer 2023 with new name.

Student Learning Outcomes  

69 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours

This program will prepare students to be successful professionals in the fields of music technology and music industry. These fields include web developers and digital interface designers, music directors and composers, audio and video technicians, and sound engineering technicians. Students will receive a solid foundation in music, music technology, music industry, and the liberal arts as they prepare for a career in fields like sound recording, music production, electronic music, and design. Curriculum in the music, industry and technology program reflects the need for a blend of music and technology in today’s professional world. Students will develop skills in every aspect of music technology from product development to digital marketing to studio recording to commercial music. They will develop an understanding of musical styles that range from classical to contemporary music. The major is suitable for students with a variety of academic and musical backgrounds. Students will develop musical knowledge and the ability to use a variety of technical and digital tools. They will also develop problem-solving, troubleshooting and communication skills.

Departmental Requirements (51 hours)

Select 9 credit hours from the following:

Supporting Coursework (18 credit hours)

In addition to the music core, students in the Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Industry and Technology degree program must complete course work in two distinct areas:

1) Production & Design; and

2) Business & Marketing.

Students must complete a total of 18 credit hours from the list below. Two courses, ENTR 311 and MCOM 221, are required. The remaining 12 credit hours will be chosen by the student in consultation with their Faculty Advisor.

*Classes with an asterisk are required for all students.

Four-Year Program Guides and Costs

USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan.

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization