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Audio Technology, Music and Society Minor

Open to All WWU students (You do NOT need to be enrolled in Fairhaven College to be considered for this minor.)


This minor provides study in audio recording techniques, augmented by the study of music and music’s role in our society as entertainment, as cultural representation and as a tool for social critique. Bridging the practice of making music with communicating music in the wider society, students are invited to link their interests drawing on resources from all over campus.


The Audio Technology, Music & Society minor has been more popular than we ever expected, since Fairhaven College initiated this program in 2012! In response to the program demand we are making a couple of changes we want to share with current students in the minor as well as students interested in pursuing this minor.


Audio Technology, Music and Society minor application and declaration process: Due to space limitations in audio recording studio-based classes, we had to restrict access to this minor to be able to serve the large number of students in the minor in a timely way. Now that some of those folks have graduated, we plan to re-open the minor to accept new students beginning Spring 2015. Interested students can apply using the downloadable form at this link or by completing and submitting this printable form. Admission to the minor requires completion of the prerequisite course, FAIR 270h (or current enrollment). Apply by February 6, 2015 by submitting this form to . The program Faculty Advisors will review and select students to be admitted to the minor.


Advising: For application & declaration information contact Jackie McClure, or the Fairhaven College Office at



Advising & Degree Evaluation for students declared and/or admitted to the minor, contact one of the minor Faculty Advisors: John Bower (, John Feodorov ( or Marie Eaton (available Fall & Spring Quarters,


Click here for application form.


TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS Minimum of 30 credits

CORE: Required (19-23) credits

FAIR 270H Audio Recording I (4 cr.)

FAIR 370H Audio Recording II (4 cr.)

FAIR 370P Intro to Pro Tools (2 cr.)

FAIR 370Q Pro Tools HD Recording (only one section may be applied to the minor) (2 cr.)

MUS 101 Fundamentals of Music (3 cr.)


MUSIC & SOCIETY: two classes selected from the list:

FAIR 336V Topics in Art: Sound Applications in Music (or other topics as approved) (4 cr.)

FAIR 334Q Science and Music of Natural Sounds (4 cr.)

FAIR 336M Topics in Music and Society (4 cr.)

FAIR 255Y Folk Music Experience (repeatable but only one section may be applied to the minor)

MUS 205 Survey of Non-Western Musical Cultures (3 cr.)

FAIR 353V Art in the Public Sphere (if music related topic?) (4 cr.)

FAIR 355Y Art and Social Activism (if music related topic?) (4 cr.)


OTHER ELECTIVES: 7-11 credits by advisement

Other courses and/or independent studies may be substituted with permission of minor advisor. May also include any classes from the Music and Society list not applied to the Core.

FAIR 336V Topics in Art: (approved topics) (4 cr.)

FAIR 353Y Songwriting (4 cr.)

FAIR 324H Poetry and Lyric

MUS 105 Music in the Western World (3 cr.)

MUS 232 Computer Music Seminar (2 cr.)

MUS 230 Introduction to Electroacoustical Music (2 cr.)

MUS 432 Electroacoustical Music (2 cr.)

JOUR 190 Introduction to Mass Media (5 cr.)

JOUR 375 Diversity, Mass Media and Social Change (4 cr.)

COMM 244 Advocacy Through Media (4 cr.)

COMM 444 Critical Media Literacy (4 cr.)

COMM 430 Visual Rhetoric (5 cr.)


Students are expected to meet prerequisites to access classes, as appropriate and defined by the department.