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Audio Technology, Music and Society Minor


The Fairhaven College minor in Audio Technology, Music and Society has been very popular with students at Fairhaven and from the University as a whole. With that success, we have now exceeded the capacity of our curriculum to serve students admitted to the minor. As of April 1, 2014, we are no longer accepting applications for students to be enrolled in the minor. We will reconsider the status of the minor at the end of the summer, and will make an updated announcement on the Fairhaven website by September 24th, 2014. Questions? Please contact your advisor or the Fairhaven College Office.


This minor provides study in audio recording techniques, augmented by the study of music and musicís 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.


Admission & Declaration Process: Open to all WWU students (You do not need to be enrolled in Fairhaven College to pursue this minor.) Students seeking admission to the minor should contact Minor Advising faculty: Marie Eaton, John Feodorov or John Bower., or or Fairhaven College at 360-650-6680.


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.