Associate in Fine Arts - Music Education: Program Code: 0051


These requirements are for students who are majoring in music education and who plan to transfer to a four year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree. AFA students complete their general education requirements after they transfer to a four-year college or university. Students who are interested in pursuing the AFA-Music Education degree program should consult with a full-time music faculty member or an academic counselor. Students pursing the music major must audition in the instrumental or vocal area of their choice in order to determine whether or not they may receive department permission to enroll in Applied Instruction. In addition, students are required to take a fundamental theory skills test to determine placement in MUS 104 or MUS 105. Students are strongly encouraged to audition and take the theory placement in the spring semester before the fall semester in which they intend to enroll. For more information, see the Music curriculum guide in this section.


Students wishing to pursue this degree may do so prior to being formally admitted to the program. However, all students must fulfill the admissions requirements, noted under the Admissions Information section of the catalog, prior to graduation.


Students have six years to complete the requirements outlined in this catalog. If the requirements are not completed within six years, students will be required to meet the requirements in effect at that time. However, students who have not enrolled for three consecutive semesters must meet the catalog requirements in effect upon re-entry.

Total Hour

A minimum of 67 semester credits is required for this degree.


Fifteen (15) of the last 24 hours or an accumulation of 36 hours must be completed at Southwestern Illinois College. Active duty U.S. Armed Forces and Reserve service members must earn only 15 hours at Southwestern.


A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required for a

English 101 Requirement

All students pursuing transfer degrees (AA, AS, AFA, AAT, AES) are required to enroll in English 101 or (if applicable) an English 101 prerequisite within their first 24-30 semester credit hours of enrollment.

Transfer Resources:

Please view additional transfer resources at

Human Relations

One of the following courses must be completed. The course that is selected may also be applied toward the Social Science General Education requirement. For reference, these courses are listed in white print in the general education areas.

___ Social Science: HIST 180, HIST 181, POLS 150

Non-Western Culture

One of the following courses must be completed. The course that is selected may also be applied toward the Humanities General Education requirement. For reference, these courses are highlighted in the general education areas.

___ Humanities: ART 103, LIT 205, PHIL 155

Math and English Course Placement:

All beginning degree-seeking students are required to be assessed and placed in the appropriate math and/or English classes. For more information, please refer to the Math and English Course Placement section in the catalog.

College Success Strategies

Beginning students are encouraged to enroll in ED 101, College Success Strategies, and ED 110, Personal/Career Development. For information regarding these courses, see the Course Description Guide at the back of the catalog.

For Checklist, refer to the SWIC Catalog (Programs that Lead to a Bachelor Degree)