University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Certificate in Rock and Roll Studies


The Certificate Program in Rock and Roll Studies prepares students to use the tools of ethnomusicology, musicology, literature studies, and cultural studies to examine American vernacular music in a way previously reserved for what is called "classical music."

The certificate program is open to all students seeking a bachelor's degree from UWM and to students who already have a degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university. Students who complete the certificate as part of their undergraduate work are awarded the certificate at the time of graduation. Students already possessing a bachelor's degree receive the certificate upon completion of the program requirements.

To obtain the certificate, students must complete a minimum of 24 credits from the following list of required and elective courses, with a GPA of 2.75 or above. At least 9 of these credits must be at the 300 level or above, and the following requirements must be met. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Required Core Curriculum (15 credits)

Music 102

  American Popular Music

3

Music 300

 The Literary Aspects of Rock and Roll

3

Music 309

 American Folk and Popular Music

3

Music 409

 Folk Music in Contemporary Culture

3

Music 509

 Certificate Program in Rock and Roll Studies Capstone

3


Elective Curriculum (To be selected from following list ‐ 9 credits)

Music 317

American Music

3

Music 409

Rock and Roll Criticism

3

Music 489

The Art of Songwriting: Rock and Roll Idiom Lyrics

3

Music 478

Fingerstyle History and Performance

3

Film 115

Media Archeology

3

English 111

Entertainment Arts: Film Television, and the Internet

3

English 235

Writing Poetry: Forms, Styles, Voices

3

English 248

Literature and Contemporary Life

3

English 274

Literature and the Other Arts

3

English 383

Rock and Roll Cinema

3

FilmStd 212

Intermediate Topics in Film Studies

3

Hist 271

The 1960s in the United States: A Cultural History

3

Hist 272

Blues History and Culture

3

Hist 404

Hip-Hop History and Culture

3

Hist 449

Popular Culture in America, 1800 to Present

3

Africol 369

Mass Media and Black Self-Images

3

JMC 114

Media and Popular Culture

3

JMC 142

Television and Radio in American Society

3

Anthro 302

Anthropology and Popular Culture

3

Credits earned at other institutions equivalent to courses in the certificate program may be accepted in partial fulfillment of the program requirements, subject to review by the Certificate Program coordinator.

For More Information

music-info@uwm.edu