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Courses Descriptions


Undergraduate Music History Courses

History 3368L | History of Mexican American Music in the Southwest
This class will explore Mexican American Music in all of its forms as it has developed in the American Southwest. The course will begin with an historical review of the region. It will then explore, from Islamic Spain to the contemporary Southwest, the development of musical language, styles and fusions.

History 3368M | Popular Music and Social Movements in 20th Century America
The examination of music as both a reflection of historical trends and a tool of social change will illuminate the relationship between music, culture, politics, and protest movements in 20th-century American history.

History 3368R | History of Rock and Roll
This course traces the various ethnic, social, cultural, political, economic, and demographic forces in American society that helped shape Rock & Roll music. Students will also explore how this uniquely American cultural idiom mirrors the historical evolution of the United States in the second half of the twentieth century.

History 3368S | History of Music and Race in the American South
This course examines how the complex musical landscape of the American South, including blues, gospel, jazz, folk, country, bluegrass, Cajun, zydeco, rockabilly, and others, reflects the interaction of larger social, historical, ethnic, racial, political, and economic forces in that region from the eighteenth century to the present.

History 3368T | American Songbook
This course examines the music of American from the colonial era to the 1960s. By exploring songs as primary source documents, students will analyze lyrical themes that illuminate historical trends from diverse perspectives, Beginning with British America, the course traces musical contributions of many demographic groups that comprise American society.

History 3377: History of Country Music
This course examines the evolution of country music and how it reflects larger social, cultural, historical economic, political, ethnic, and demographic changes taking place within American society.

History 3378: History of the Blues
This course examines the evolution of the blues and other forms of African-American music throughout American history, with an emphasis on how blues music reflects the rich and complex traditions of the African-American community and helped give birth to rock & roll.

History 4376 | History of Texas Music
Examination of the evolution of music in Texas and the American Southwest, emphasizing how music reflects the richly diverse ethnic and cultural heritage of the region. It also considers the importance of ethnic identity and other social, political, and economic factors in shaping the Southwest, its people, and its music.


Graduate Music History Courses

History 5345P | History of Mexican American Music in the Southwest
This class will introduce students to the musical history of Islamic Spain, Spanish Colonial Mexico, and Mexico and investigate the influences of these traditions on the development of Mexican-American music in the American Southwest.

History 5345R | History of Country Music
This seminar traces the various ethnic, social, cultural, political, economic, and demographic forces in American society that have helped shape country music. Students will also explore how this uniquely American cultural idiom mirrors the historical evolution of the United States.

History 5345S | Theories and Methods in Popular Music History/Culture Studies
This is a course in the theories and methods of cultural studies and popular music history for graduate students. It is intended to review the history of debates and methodologies in the field to prepare students to do original work that fits into the larger conversations in popular music studies.

History 5348 | History of Texas Music
This course examines the evolution of music in Texas and the American Southwest from pre-Colombian times to the present, with an emphasis on how music reflects the ethnically diverse history and culture of the region.

History 5369 | Music and Social Movements
This course examines the historical role music has played in a variety of social movements related to race, gender, ethnicity, religion, politics, economics, education, labor, civil rights, and other issues in U.S. history.