Music and Liberal Arts

Available Degree

Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts


Northwestern offers students the opportunity to earn in five years both a bachelor of arts degree from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and a bachelor of music degree from the Bienen School of Music. To be considered a candidate for the dual degree program, a student must apply for and be admitted to both schools. Students typically apply for admission to this program during the regular application process prior to matriculation. To apply after arriving at Northwestern, students should contact either the assistant dean for student affairs in the Bienen School and/or one of the college advisers in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences for application procedures.

In addition to the Undergraduate Registration Requirement (URR), students must complete all Weinberg College degree requirements, including at least 30 Weinberg courses, as well as all Bienen School degree requirements, including at least 30 music courses. Curricular programs are developed after students arrive on campus, and students work closely with academic advisers from both schools to develop an individual curricular program. Each school enforces all of its policies regarding requirements. Most students follow a balanced curriculum in which about half of the coursework each quarter is done in each school. 

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NOTE: Dual degrees pursuing a Bachelor of Music follow the music requirements on the major checklist and the distribution requirements for the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.