Blues Studies several options

Blues Studies

Delta State University currently offers a Blues Studies minor, with classes beginning in the Fall of 2015.

The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to offer two tracks of study -  performance based and non-performance based. Students will have the opportunity to learn from existing Delta State faculty as well as visiting scholars, musicians, and artists-in-residence.

Those choosing the performance route will develop a deeper understand of not only how to play the Blues, but what exactly it means to do so. Those choosing the non-performance route will examine the Delta's history, heritage, sociology and art through the lens of the Blues.

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Courses Offered in the Blues Studies Minor

Core Requirements

all students must take the following:

MUS 114 . . . . . . . Music in American Culture

ENG 492. . . . . . Jazz Ensemble

MUS 492 . . . . . . History of the Blues

Performance Track

select from at least three of the following:

DMI 305 . . . . . . . . . . . . Lead Guitar

DMI 306 . . . . . . . . . . . . Bass Guitar

DMI 361 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Old School Review band (requires audition for acceptance)

DMI 210 . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Craft of Songwriting

MUS 149 / 349 . . . . . . . . Jazz Ensemble

or other approved performance electives

Non-Performance Track

select from at least three of the following:

DMI 100 . . . . . . . . . . . . Introduction to Multimedia

DMI 302 . . . . . . . . . . . History of Recorded Music

DMI 492 . . . . . . .. . . . . Introduction to the Blues

MUS 492 . . . . . . . . . . History of the Blues

HIS 433 . . . . . . . . .. . . . African American History

HIS 457 . . . . . . . . . . . . The New South, 1865-Present

ENG 461 . . . . . . . . . . . . Blues Literature

PHI 492 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Philosophy of the Blues

SOC 492 . . . . . . . . . . . . Sociology of the Blues

GEO 492 . . . . . . . . . . . . Geography of the Blues

PSY 492 . . . . . . . . . . . . Psychology of Hip Hop & the Blues

ART 492 . . . . . . . . . . . . Documenting the Blues

ART 492 . . . . . . . . . . . . Telling the Southern Story

or other approved electives

Core Requirements

all students must take the following:

MUS 114  . . . . . . . Music in American Culture

ENG 492. . . . . . Jazz Ensemble

MUS 492 . . . . . . History of the Blues

Performance Track

select from at least three of the following:

DMI 305  . . . . . . . . . . . . Lead Guitar

DMI 306  . . . . . . . . . . . . Bass Guitar

DMI 361  . . . . . . . . . . . . . Old School Review band *

DMI 210 . . . . .  . . . . . . . . The Craft of Songwriting

MUS 149 / 349 . . . . . . . . Jazz Ensemble

or other approved performance electives

*requires audition for acceptance

Non-Performance Track

select from at least three of the following:

DMI 100 . . . . .  . . . . . . . Introduction to Multimedia

DMI 302 . . . . .  . .  . . . . History of Recorded Music

DMI 492 . . . . .  . .. . . . . Introduction to the Blues

MUS 492  . . . . . .  . . . . History of the Blues

HIS 433 . . . . . . . . .. . . . African American History

HIS 457 .  . . . . . . . . . . . The New South, 1865-Present

ENG 461 .  . . . . . . . . . . . Blues Literature

PHI 492 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Philosophy of the Blues

SOC 492 . . . . . . . . . . . . Sociology of the Blues

GEO 492 . . . . . . . . . . . . Geography of the Blues

PSY 492 . . . . . . . . . . .  . Psychology of Hip Hop & the Blues

ART 492  . . . . . . . . . . . . Documenting the Blues

ART 492  . . . . . . . . . . . . Telling the Southern Story

or other approved electives