Undergraduate programs

The School of Music & Theater is located within the hub of musical and theatrical activity in the Pacific Northwest, only three blocks from the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. It maintains close ties to the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Portland Jazz Orchestra, Portland Piano International, Portland Youth Philharmonic,  Chamber Music Northwest, Oregon Repertory Singers, Artists Repertory Theater, Portland Center Stage, Milagro Theatre, and Third Rail Repertory Theater, among other organizations. Faculty and students alike interact with these performing organizations in various ways. 

Students have the opportunity to study with faculty members who are internationally recognized performers, conductors, composers, actors, directors, writers, and scholars. Standards are high as students pursue the conservatory-like Bachelor of Music degree or the more general Bachelor of Arts or Science in Music or Theater. Graduates have consistently demonstrated their excellence in the fields of performance, conducting, composition, acting, writing, production, and scholarship. Many are leaders in music, theater, and education around the Northwest and elsewhere.

Programs in the School of Music & Theater are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and National Association of Schools of Theater. Graduates have gained admission to both university graduate programs and professional training programs; they have become teachers and university professors; and they have pursued a range of related professions in the arts, education, business, administration, law, social services, and non-profit management.

Degree Maps and Learning Outcomes

Admissions requirement

Degree requirements

Musicology/Ethnomusicology B.A./B.S.

Music Theory B.A./B.S.

Performance B.A./B.S.

Sonic Arts and Music Production

Theater Arts B.A./B.S.

Composition B.M.

Jazz Studies B.M.

Music Education B.M.

Performance B.M.

Performance with an Emphasis on Voice B.M.

Dance Minor

Jazz Studies Minor

Music Minor

Music History Minor

Theater Arts Minor

Drama - Secondary Teacher Education Program

Dance Certificate

Music History Minor


To earn a Minor in Music History, a student must complete 31 advisor-approved credits (17 credits must be in residence at Portland State University), to include the following:


Mus 111Music Theory I


Mus 112Music Theory I


Mus 113Music Theory I


Mus 188Performance Attendance


Mus 191Group Lessons for Beginners


Mus 192Group Lessons for Beginners


Mus 193Group Lessons for Beginners


Mus 203Music in the Western World


Three elective courses: (12 credits)

Mus 304Music History: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque


Mus 305Music History: Classical and Romantic


Mus 306Music History: 20th Century


Mus 355UJazz History


Mus 360UThe Guitar: its History and Music


Mus 361UHistory of Rock Music


Mus 362UHistory of Rock Music


Mus 374UWorld Music


Mus 375UWorld Music


Mus 376UAmerican Musical Traditions


Total Credit Hours: 31

Mus 111Mus 113: Concurrent enrollment in Mus 114, Mus 115 & Mus 116 is not required for this minor.