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First-of-its-kind public musicology undergraduate certificate to prepare students for music industry careers

March 7, 2022

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Columbus State University’s new public musicology undergraduate certificate program will equip students interested in public-facing music history. Students in the university’s Joyce and Henry Schwob School of Music who earn the certificate will be well prepared for careers as music critics, oral historians, museum educators, music archivists or grant writers.

As the first undergraduate certificate program of its kind in the country, it will include courses in music encoding, music and identity, and writing about music. Students will create a robust portfolio of work, including writing grant proposals, authoring publications and creating editions of music that can be used for future employment. 

“Having this certificate available for our music students gives them extra skills that will make them valuable to the job market,” said Dr. Reba Wissner, assistant professor of music and coordinator for the program. “They’ll graduate from Columbus State ready for professional success with a portfolio of professional certificate-related work that accentuates their music degrees.”

The 12-credit-hour program will begin in Fall 2022 and is open to undergraduate music majors or minors pursuing degrees in the Schwob School of Music. Students interested in the program can contact Wissner at wissner_reba@columbusstate.edu.