Skip to main content Skip to footer
Sheets of musical notes

Music (History and Literature)

The BM in Music History and Literature attracts students who are preparing for advanced studies in musicology.

When You Think Music, Think Southern Miss

Candidates for the BM in Music History and Literature degree typically enjoy an insatiable curiosity that compels them to read widely and draw connections between a variety of fields. Although the program is inherently interdisciplinary, students are encouraged to cultivate their own musicianship by taking applied lessons, performing in ensembles, and taking rigorous coursework in music history, theory, and literature.

Foreign language study and strong writing and critical thinking skills are expected of successful candidates.


  • MUS 199: Success for Music Majors. An introduction to being a music major. Course will focus on skills needed to be a successful music major, performer and teacher.
  • Applied private lessons. Hour-long, one-on-one lessons with a professional performer/faculty member.
  • Music Theory. A wide range of courses with various levels of concentration
  • Capstone Experience. A music literature class for your instrument or voice

Degree Options

There is one Bachelor of Music (BM) available.

More about this Major


The degree offers students advanced training leading toward professional careers in college teaching and scholarly research.

The School of Music gives over 200 performances a year and has over 40 faculty members: music historians and educators, conductors, instrumentalists and vocalists.

Courses You Might Take

MUS 499: International Studies in Music

Summer study in Vienna, following in the footsteps of the masters experiencing world class music in its original setting.

Meet Some of Your Professors

Dr. Ed Hafer

Associate Professor

Favorite Course: MUS 499: International Studies in Music

Expertise: Music of the 19th-century, music & painting,  music of the Holocaust

Take the Next Steps

Let's Connect

Get in touch so we can share the information you need to learn more about your future at Southern Miss.

Come See Us

Visit our beautiful Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campuses. Seeing for yourself is a great way to get to know us better.

Apply to Southern Miss

Be aware of our deadlines, $40 application fee and other items on our checklist. Admission requirements vary for freshmen, transfers, prospective Honors College students and others.

Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.