Integrated Music Studies Major

Become a musician • Combine music with other majors • Change the world

Combine music and another academic interest of your choice

JBU's integrated music studies program enables you to pursue your passion for music alongside another academic field without compromising in either direction. 

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What to expect as an Integrated Music Studies student at JBU

Music and …

This degree program allows you to pursue your diverse interests without sacrificing your musical education or your training and career potential in another field.

Double Major

Designed to be combined with most other majors/minors on campus and still be completed in 4-years, you will graduate with the necessary skills to succeed in music, your second major, or a combination of the two.

Musical Excellence

This is a real music degree. As such, you will be performing, taking lessons, and participating fully in the life of the music department.


The music department is able to offer performance scholarships that “stack” with other types of aid, thus potentially allowing you to pursue your music while simultaneously reducing your cost to attend university.

Interdisciplinary Synthesis

The best kind of education is one that educates the whole person, and synthesis across disparate disciplines is a necessary component of that ideal. While pursuing Integrated Music Studies at JBU, you can expect to synthesize—as opposed to silo—your learning across disciplines, be it computer science, pre-med, English, or any number of other degree options at JBU.

Community and Network

You will be involved in multiple departments on campus. As a result, your community of support and networking will be that much wider, aiding you both during your time at JBU and after graduation.

What could you do with an Integrated Music Studies degree?

Wide Open

Because you will graduate with a major in music and … the second major/minor of your choice, you will be setup for success in any number of fields. Your interdisciplinary training, critical thinking skills, and wide skillset will set you apart from other applicants as you move into the work force or graduate school—this degree is more than the sum of its parts.


Your music degree will allow you to pursue a career in music; be it industry, performance, or the academy, you will be prepared to succeed in music. If you strategically pair your degree with your choice of second major, you will enter the job market with expertise to help you to succeed in any number of musical, creative, and career settings in music.

Something Other Than Music

We have JBU alumni working in music production, pharmaceuticals, and even towards being a medical doctor. Their musical training has helped them succeed in these fields because they have learned to think beyond their specific chosen career, and because they have degrees in these other areas, they are fully qualified to pursue those careers without additional schooling.


The degree is focused on deep engagement in multiple fields. As such, a synthesis in career is a natural trajectory. Some possible options include music business, data-analytics (think Spotify or Amazon Music), computer science (music software is a multibillion-dollar industry), music therapy, musical theater, even song writing.

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